A day in the medieval city of Rocamadour

Located on the side of a cliff, spread over three levels, Rocamadour is a subtle blend of spirituality, history, art, relaxation and hiking.

Rocamadour. Visualhunt.

A pleasure break in the medieval village

At the foot of the medieval city, a small train brings visitors who wish to do so to the main street.

Small train. Rocamadour. Wikimedia.

Once past the Fig Tree Gate, the train drops us off in rue de la Couronnerie, very lively, especially in summer, with its shops, cafes, restaurants and hotel restaurants. A café-theatre ( Rock side ) completes this panel, with shows offered throughout the year. What to offer a moment of stroll and relaxation.
Gourmets can taste the Rocamadoura delicious goat’s cheese, or treat yourself to pancakes, ice cream or local specialties in one of the many restaurants on site.

Main artery of the medieval city of Rocamadour. Visualhunt.

Heritage enthusiasts will be seduced by the charm of certain vestiges of the medieval city, its houses, the ribbed vaults, bollards for tying horses…

The esplanade of the sanctuaries: between spirituality and history

But, Rocamadour is above all known worldwide as a high place of pilgrimage – since the 12th century – and tourism. Thus, after having climbed 216 steps on foot (and not on their knees like the pilgrims of the Middle Ages), the visitor discovers, amazed, another world. A real dive into medieval times and its religious buildings with breathtaking decorations.

Esplanade of the sanctuaries. Visualhunt.

Of theSaint-Amadour church housing the relics of the saint at the bBasilica of Saint Savior and his Christ in polychrome wood; of the ccall Notre-Dame with his statue of The Black Madonna to the many other chapels in the forecourt with remarkable frescoes.

The notoriety of the esplanade of the sanctuaries is reinforced by the many legends attached to this place: the sword of Roland, Durandalstuck in the cliff above the door of the ccall Notre-Dameto the statue of Our Lady of Rocamadour (There black madonna) with healing and protective properties.

From the Way of the Cross to the ramparts of the castle: a climb to “paradise”

Last stage of the visit to Rocamadour, the ascent of the Stations of the Cross in the footsteps of the Passion of Christ, in the shade of the trees.

Stations of the Cross. Visualhunt.

At the top of the medieval city, the castle offers itself to the eyes of visitors, with its ramparts from which the view of the site and the Alzou canyon is breathtaking.

Rocamadour. One of the viewpoints. Visualhunt.

“An unmissable place, steeped in history, culture and worship”. Opinions are unanimous: Rocamadour is a real heritage and natural gem.

Practical information :
To visit Also : Cave of Wondersat the foot of the medieval city, next to the Tourist Office.
Situation : Midi-Pyrénées region, Dordogne Valley, Causses du Quercy Regional Natural Park.
Come by car : 1 hour drive from Sarlat, Brive, Figeac and Cahors. 2 hours from Toulouse. 3 hours from Bordeaux and Clermont-Ferrand. 6 hours from Paris.
Come by train : Rocamadour station, 5km from the city or Gramat station, 12km.
Come by plane : Brive – Dordogne Valley airport allows you to come by plane from Paris and London.
Where to eat and sleep :
– Restaurant hotels The Golden Lion And The Pilgrims Terminal
– Hotel The beautiful site
– Restaurant The Alzou, Large terrace overlooking the valley And Jehan de Vallon
Guided tours or free.

A day in the medieval city of Rocamadour