Getting to Rocamadour by Car
Car is the easiest way to get around Lot, and certainly the easiest way of getting to Rocamadour. It's about 30 minutes off the A20 toll motorway Paris-Toulouse - and it took us about 2 hours in total to drive there from the Toulouse Blagnac airport. Once you get off the motorway, it is a lovely bendy road which makes for an excellent road trip (if we had a convertible hire car, it would have been even better!).
There is no parking in Rocamadour itself, but there are 3 parking locations within easy walking distance - the Castle, L'Hospitalet, and the Valley Parking, all of them free.
- Road Trip
Coming By Car
We parked our car in the designated area at the top of the gorge next to a church and the ramparts. The road led about 3 km from the town of L'Hospitalet. (We had been staying at Gramat). You are directed to the belvedere from which there are complete views of the valley below and almost all of its structures and environs. One can also see the chateau grounds. From here there is also an access to the Calvaire (Stations of the Cross) which wends its way down to the level of the Parvis. Alternately there is a periodic navette (fee 2.5Euro) and the Ascenseur Incline (fee!). (See other Transportation Tip). On the terrace of the Bishops' Palace we ate lunch at a brasserie and had more views (Pl.des Senhals). The website seems to be evasive about most fees for Rocamadour (are they now so high?). 15 yrs. ago we did not pay for parking but the Ascenseur was exorbitant! Walking down is a delight and not strenuous. There are many nearby sites besides Rocamadour and one could spend a nice vacation in this area (even with children). If you have the facts that we have omitted, please add them one way or another.
Only Consider the Up Trip In the Ascenseur Incline
The "Ascenseur Incline" is the fastest way to get from the town level up to the Belvedere near the parking area and to the Castle. When we took it, the fee was outrageous. We have not found the rate on the internet.(Why do they not mention it on the web site?) There is now a navette that goes up and down (2.5 euro each way, every 15 minutes?). Any healthy child or adult can walk down via the "Calvary". (See Our Tip). If you park at the top, the spectacular view is even more interesting at the end of your trip when you are familiar with the entire layout, so plan your time. On the inclined lift, do not expect to see much because you would have to be at a window and it may be crowded and the trip is very short.
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