Visit of the medieval city of Rocamadour
Voted favorite village of the French in 2016, Rocamadour is still a favorite destination with a worldwide reputation: a must-see during a stay in the Dordogne valley, its visit inspires mystery and disorientation. Clinging to its rocky cliff, the luminous religious city of Rocamadour offers a magical setting.
Sanctuary of the Black Madonna and home to the relics of Saint Amadour, this medieval village with its fascinating architecture has been a major place of pilgrimage since the 12th century. It conceals an exceptional cultural and historical heritage.
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The entrance to the medieval town of Rocamadour is through the Fig Tree Gate. The rue de la Couronnerie, full of restaurants and stores, is the main artery of the village: the rest of the visit requires climbing a staircase of more than 200 steps. The Porte Sainte opens onto a two-level square from which one can access six chapels carved into the rock, the Saint-Sauveur basilica and the Saint-Amadour crypt. The Notre-Dame chapel houses the wooden statue of the Black Madonna. A way of the cross continues the itinerary until the castle whose ramparts can be visited. At the top of the cliff, a belvedere offers a unique panorama on the Alzou valley and the whole city.
Many activities are proposed around the religious city. Particularly recommended for families, the visits of the Rocher des aigles and the Forêt des singes are attractive to all ages. The Merveilles cave, in the hamlet of L’Hospitalet, is decorated with parietal paintings and natural concretions.
Tourist activities in Rocamadour
As a couple, with friends or with the family, Rocamadour offers many possibilities for outings. During the day, adventure lovers will appreciate the six-course accrobranche park, which has a passage under a cave.
The Durandal Park welcomes you on a shaded site to attend original shows for all audiences: historical re-enactments, stunts on horseback, sword fights, and a night show in summer.
The city of Rocamadour is also animated by much awaited annual events. In July, Les Médiévales offer a trip back to the past: the day, animated by street shows, themed menus, music and dance animations, as well as carriage rides and craft demonstrations, ends with the burning of the city.
The month of August is marked by the Festival of Sacred Music: the exceptional acoustics of the Saint-Sauveur basilica highlight the instrumental or vocal soloists as well as the ensemble music.
Durant trois semaines, des concerts sont également organisés dans les jardins Sothys et dans les villages alentours.
Finally, in September, the Montgolfiades animate Rocamadour for two days: a famous meeting during which several dozens of hot air balloons color the sky of the magnificent religious city.
In the main street of the medieval city, the café-theater Côté-Rocher offers musical and humorous evenings in a warm atmosphere. In the pedestrian streets of the walled city, many restaurants invite you to taste the local gastronomy. Rocamadour, a PDO goat’s cheese, can be tasted there. You can discover the manufacturing process at the farm La Borie d’Imbert. Honey lovers, the Maison de l’Abeille offers you a free visit of its museum.