La Roque-Gageac Things to Do
Sounds like an obvious thing to do, doesn't it? Wait until you see La-Roque-Gageac: You'll be standing on the riverside, your mouth wide open, trying to understand how so much beauty can be found in such a small place. Sit down on the wall between the road and the Dordogne, look at the reflections of the houses in the river and their real...more
Here I am quoting fellow VTer Beausoliel because I never actually went on a gabarre here (but have been on them elsewhere) but it's hard to ignore them as the attractive craft continually float by. -"There are two gabare companies in La Roque-Gageac and they alternate schedules so you never have to wait more than a half hour to ride one.Yes, it's...more
If you only look into one shop in La Roque-Gageac, then might I boldly suggest that you check Lou Castelou's. It's on one of the walks uphill and it's beautifully set out inside with lots of local type produce, all presented in the loveliest possible way.The shop, perched beneath the cliff, took 10 years to construct and organize; truly a labour of...more
Surprisingly, the best view of La Roque-Gageac is not from the town itself but from an attraction not that far away called Marqueyssac. It's a wonderfully sculptured garden, well worth the entry fee for either the views and the garden.Set on a narrow escarpment, its furthest points overlook La Roque-Gageac and give one of the finest panoramas of...more
La Roque Gageac used to be an important Gabarre port, and nowadays you take trips on replicas of those flat-bottomed crafts that were used in the past. There are two companies, Gabarre Norbert and Gabarres Caminade. Both offer trips of about one hour, with free audioguides in various languages. In 2012, this did cost 9€ (adults).The boat trip goes...more
There are just a few streets in the village, so you really can’t get lost. The streets are narrow and there are some steps, so you hardly will see cars here. Near the church, you find an exotic garden, with palms, banana, fern and other plants. When we walked along the path I felt like being at the Mediterranean Sea! In front of the little church...more
If you have the inclination, La Roque Gageac is one of the most paintable places I've visited. This epicerie (grocery) is owned by the lady who is the daughter-in-law of our landlady while we were staying in Cenac-et-St. Julien nearby. We bought nearly all our groceries and postcards there. Her husband is a butcher in Cenac and she carries his...more
Gabares are the flat-bottomed boats that used to ply the river with freight and passengers. They are now used to transport tourists and have been fitted with motors. Yes, it is touristy but it is also a great way to travel along the beautiful Dordogne River seeing a castle on every hilltop and all manner of wildlife on the shore and floating in the...more
Heading west from town on the D703 in about 2 km., we approached a bridge over the Dordogne that would take us to Domme. We stopped and went down to the river bank for views (also on the bridge itself; this actually in Vezac). Beyond the west end of town we saw a large chateau, Malartrie Castle, built in the 19C, echoing the 15C in its style....more
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I must admit this restaurant was our second choice. We couldn't find the place we were looking for so saw this pleasant-looking restaurant with outside seating overlooking the Dordogne River. The setting was lovely, the food quite satisfactory and the day utterly beautiful. We got a table on the patio overlooking Gabares Caminade and...more
The first time we visited La Roque Gageac, we were looking for Le Perigord Restaurant that has a La Roque address. After driving through town three times and not finding it, we opted for another restaurant. As fate would have it, driving home after dinner, we saw a sign to Le Perigord. It is several kilometers out of town and north on highway D46...more
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While we were photographing La Roque from its west, immediately below us in the river appeared a launch taking sightseers on a trip through the waters nearby to see the adjacent castles and vistas. This vessel no longer is in service. It has bee colorfully replaced by a rmotorized replica of a sailed merchant river boat (a gabarre). This is boarded at La Roche. If we had been younger, we would have based ourselves in the town and did this area of the river in a canoe or a kayak. The outfitters who supply these services are listed in the website listed below.Related to:
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