This is probably the most mandatory stage, if there ever was one, of your vacation in Dordogne: we're talking about staying at a campsite in Lascaux of course!
The story of the cave's discovery is now part of the French popular mythology: in 1940, as they were strolling, and as Robot, the dog owned by one of them, was chasing a rabbit, 4 teenagers accidentally discovered a narrow hole - about 20 cms. It seemd to be communicating to a larger cavity - the rabbit they were running after took shelter in it and the rocks they threw to get it out of it were falling down deep... 4 days later, one of them named Marcel Ravidat, returned to the spot with 3 other friends of his, in order to make the hole wider and see what it might hide. That's how they got in and discovered the first paintings. Rapidly, local officials realized the incredible archaeological value of this cave of Lascaux, with its fantastic murals. They were very soon considered it one of the greatest masterpieces of parietal art, so the cave instantly became very popular. So much so that in 1963 it was decided to close it to the public, due to the important damage caused by millions of visitors over the last 15 years. In order not to deprive the tourists of this incomparable site, many of whom were staying nearby, at the campsites of Lascaux, it was decided to create a facsimile of the cave: Lascaux II. The latter became equally successful and attracted millions of visitors to Montignac.