Grotte de Foissac is a Chalcolithic archaeological site and an Upper Palaeolithic cave. The site has been classified as a historic monument. It is located in the Lot valley, in the commune of Foissac in the department of Aveyron, in the Occitania region (France, Massif Central).

The cave is about 11,000 m2. There are at least three entrances: the “FFS” entrance (locked), which now gives access to the paintings, the “trou qui Fume” caving entrance, and the artificial tourist entrance.

Discovered in 1959, the underground network extends over several kilometers. In 1965, the upstream end of the network was finally uncovered: this part of the cave contained numerous Chalcolithic archaeological remains dating back to around 2,700 BC (burials, lithic and bone furniture, ceramics and traces of multiple passages). This section was developed and opened to the public in 1973. Archaeological research was carried out from 1978 to 1988.

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How to get to?

From Paris: 6 hr 21 min (595 km) via A20

From Toulouse: 2 hr 2 min (145 km) via D926

From Andorra: 4 hr 19 min (326 km) via D926

From Barcelona: 5 hr 37 min (536 km) via AP-7 and A61

From Madrid: 9 hr 42 min (943 km) via A-1 and A64

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