Located on the side of a cliff, spread over three levels, Rocamadour is a subtle blend of spirituality, history, art, relaxation and hiking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“An unmissable place, steeped in history, culture and worship”. Opinions are unanimous: Rocamadour is a real heritage and natural gem.