The interior of the Gouffre de Proumeyssac is densely packed
with impressive stalagmites, stalactites and other glittering
crystalline rock formations which have earned this place the
nickname 'the Cathedral of Crystal'. These stunning deposits of
accumulated minerals have 'sculpted', over centuries, recognisable
shapes and have been given names such as the waterfall, jellyfish,
siren and octopus.
An introductory light-and-music display highlights Gouffre de
Proumeyssac's remarkable formations and rock pools and this is
followed by the opportunity to explore the cavern on foot,
accompanied by an optional audio guide if required.
The spectacular Gouffre de Proumeyssac is located within a large
area of parkland and woodlands through which enjoyable forest
trails lead. A picturesque spot in which to enjoy a picnic in the
French sunshine, the site also boasts several visitor facilities in
addition to the cave itself. These include a café and bar, a gift
and bookshop, an area which explains the region's geology and a
play area for children.
For those visiting the Gouffre de Proumeyssac, this area of the
Dordogne region boasts many addition places of interest nearby. Le
Bugue, five kilometres away, is a beautiful town on the banks of
the Vézère River and is home to the largest private fresh water
aquarium in Europe as well as the theme-village Le Bournat - a
life-sized replica of a traditional nineteenth century French
village complete with artisans and traders.
Also nearby is the ancient and fortified village of Limeuil
which stands at the point where the the Dordogne and Vezere Rivers
meet and which has been declared one of the most beautiful villages
in France. Set on a hill, cobbled streets wind through the
picturesque village, ascending until they reach the the Parc
Limeuil from which excellent views can be obtained.