Jules Verne has always created dreams with his thousand and one fantastic stories. Today a dream becomes reality on a sensational journey to the bowels of the Earth! We head to Audrix to explore a surprising and truly unique place: the Gouffre de Proumeyssac.
Dive into the depths of the Gouffre de Proumeyssac
Nicknamed ‘The Devil's Hole’ and a source of disturbing legends until the 18th century, the Gouffre de Proumeyssac has fascinated generations! Ensure you leave time to visit the largest landscaped cave in Périgord, located in the Vézère Valley.
Ready for a 360° experience? Opt for a descent in a nacelle, just as it happened when the Gouffre de Proumeyssac was discovered in 1907! After crossing the 12-metre-thick rock, a descent of almost 50 metres await, revealing a universe of impressive crystal formations and underground lakes. It’s rendered all the more magical by the sound and light show projected on the walls. The place is so beautiful it sends shivers down the spine, and it’s easy to understand why the Gouffre de Proumeyssac is nicknamed the ‘Crystal Cathedral’.
Between adrenaline and magic, William, our guide, speaks with passion of the most remarkable crystallisations in the cave: young people are amazed at the multitude of mineral forms! Infants have fun imagining creatures such as mermaids or octopus on the walls of the chasm ... An unforgettable family outing! William rotates the floor of the nacelle: we discover all the details of the chasm without moving – what an experience!
Be seduced by the enchantment that reigns in this underground world dating back millions of years ... An exceptional setting inspiring a French film director to shoot the major film set of his latest film in the Gouffre de Proumeyssac. "I wrote the script based on the Périgord landscapes and my childhood memories of holidays spent in the Dordogne with my grandparents," says the director.
Visit the Gouffre de Proumeyssac with the family
The Gouffre de Proumeyssac chasm is paradise for the curious and intrepid. On arrival, we visited the museum area which plunged us into a troglodyte surroundings and took us back to the times of the medieval legends up until the discovery of the Gouffre.
Afterwards, children discovered the Parc Ludo, an open space including a snakes and ladders game to better understand geology, and a discovery circuit dedicated to budding adventurers!
The little ones then met Professor Geopole, a flamboyant, crazy character. During the autumn half-term and summer holidays, the Professor offers children original and fun activities to explain natural phenomena such as erosion or the formation of limestone soil. Children always love it!
Those most concerned about their impact on the environment will be delighted to discover the fun / educational space here. Generate some of the energy needed for the visit by pedalling: look at the screen to see how much electricity has been produced. Don’t forget to download your eco-visitor certificate available on the Gouffre de Proumeyssac website.
To continue to enjoy this exceptional place, we brought a picnic lunch with us.
From now on, Jules Verne, the visionary and his travels will no longer be just an imaginary dream, but an unforgettable family experience. We will always remember our last visit to the Périgord and travelling to the centre of the Earth!