Rocamadour Travel Guide

  • Stairway of the pilgrims
    Stairway of the pilgrims
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  • The city gate.
    The city gate.
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  • Rocamadour
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Rocamadour Things to Do

  • Take a train ride

    I love the little tourist trains all over Europe. When I see one, you can't keep me off of it. When we first went to Europe, I thought they were for little kids. I quickly discovered they are for everyone and I'm not the only one who likes them. They are a great way to get to know a place quickly and then you can explore on foot knowing where you...

  • View

    We can see this spectacular views from other side on the way to Grotte des Merveilles / Merveilles cave.

  • Walk Around the streets

    Walking on this medieval street, feeling like not in the religious site, but mostly feeling like on the beach area suchike in Bali-Indonesia, 'cos i can find many souvenirs same like selling in Bali island :))

  • Admiring Around

    When going up the stairs to the top of chapels, my eyes can't stop to admiring of the architecture that built on the rocky plateau.

  • Palais épiscopa

    Completely rebuilt in 1868, the former abbey palace architecture obeys a troubadour style, very popular during the nineteenth century. It is surmounted by a tall tower pepper to Viollet-le-Duc. Inside, the Museum of Sacred Art is home to a Bible of the sixteenth century incunabula.

  • The Tomb of St. Amadour

    According to legend, St. Amadour, a witness to the martyrdom of St. Paul and St. Peter, traveled to the location and took up hermitage following his wife's death. The story might be part myth and part history, but the legend, beloved of locals, adds toRocamadour's charm and magic.

  • The Chapel

    Over the ensuing centuries the crypt of St. Amadour and the chapel of the Black Virgin underwent periods of prosperity and decline. In 1562 the chapel was pillaged and burnt by the Protestants, and the body of St. Amadour was destroyed. Reconstruction of the shrine began in the 1800’s and through it all, the statue of the Black Virgin remained...

  • Vierge Noires" / Black Virgins

    Intentionally hundreds of icons of Mary have black faces and hands. In France they are called "Vierge Noires" or Black Virgins. In other countries they are called Black Madonnas.A wooden Black Madonna reputed to have been carved by Saint Amator (Amadour) himself.

  • The legendary sword of Roland.

    The Chapelle de Notre-Dame is immediately adjacent to the Basilique St-Saveur. Above the door leading to the chapel is an iron sword that, according to legend, belonged to Roland. Inside, the chapel is devoted almost exclusively to the venerated Black Madonna statue.

  • Basilica of St-Saveur

    Backed against the cliff, the Basilique St-Sauveur was built in the Romanesque-Gothic style from the 11th to the 13th centuries. It's decorated with paintings and inscriptions recalling visits of celebrated persons, including Philippe the Handsome.

  • The sacred site/ Cité Religieuse

    A cluster of chapels and churches high on a rocky plateau. And to going up I need to climb a stairway of 216 weathered steps. Even today, devout pilgrims make the climb on their knees in penance. Along the way are 14 Stations of the Cross culminating in the Cross of Jerusalem at the top. There is also an elevator from the lower town (Basse Ville).

  • Visit the Tomb of St.-Amadour and Its...

    At the back of the balcony off the Parvis, against the steep rock face is the Tomb of St.-Amadour. The body was destroyed during the Religious Wars in 1562 but this is still a venerated site. To the right is an accoladed Renaissance doorway that enters the Chapel of the Virgin. Jutting out from the rock face at the level of the shield above the...

  • See the Chateau Atop the Cliff

    The 19C Chateau was built upon the remains of a 14C fort and is privately owned (fee), but open to the public. We did not go in. The parking area was near the church and admission to the ramparts was free. It is here that one has the superb views of the gorge, the town and the environs. It is best to take in the views after you are familiar with...

  • Walk the Town and Look Up

    The town of Rocamadour (pop. 800) stretches out in a linear fashion, N>S, along its one very narrow street (r. Roland-le-Preux becomes r. de la Couronnerie) as it sits on a shelf on the west wall of the gorge, with the small Alzou river at its bottom. In the south end of town (the oldest part) it is paralleled by a still older street (r. de la...

  • See the Panorama from Above

    The vista from the belvedere allows one to vizualize the town below. Like any townscape, it is more satisfying if you have walked the town first. (Why do so many people rush to go up the Eiffel tower when they have not yet see Paree?). Of course the view of the gorge and the causse are impressive with l'Hospitalet 2 km off to the north and if you...

  • Walk Down (or Up) Le Calvaire

    The Calvary is the name given to a winding path between the Chateau level and the Parvis. Along the way are also grottoes and a large Cross for devotions of the pilgrims. The Stations are polychrome statuary scenes lodged in protective small chapels with the typical iconography.

  • Look At the Bishop's Palace

    The Palace of the Bishops of Tulle is the remaining building on the Place. Its base is in the Pl. des Senhais which is a large terrace with shops, hotels and a restaurant and leads down some steps into the rest of the town (r. de la Mercerie). It has been much restored but still shows its defensive elements with a corner pepper pot tower, covered...

  • Study the 12C Frescos on the Side of St....

    The two colorful 12C frescos and the fragment below are worthy examples of very early large religious paintings before Giotto. They appear to derives from Byzantine models on reliquaries or illuminations. The picture on the left has a gracious Mary receiving the Annunciation and on the right her meeting with Elizabeth. Below it is a sketch, lightly...


Rocamadour Hotels

  • Les Esclargies

    Route De Payrac, Rocamadour, Midi-Pyrenees, 46500, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Le Troubadour

    Belveyre, Rocamadour, 46500, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Best Western Beau Site Hotel Rocamadour

    See:=> HOTEL TIP NIce hotel of the former housing of the knight of Malta: Jehan de Valon....


Rocamadour Restaurants

  • Fabulous view - good food

    We tend to chose our restaurant based on their posted menu and my husband really wanted trout that particular day. As we wandered the town, we checked various menus and finally decided on Envies de Terroir for lunch. Peg & I were perfectly happy with the other offerings so we walked in. Our choice was inside or outside and it had been a day of on...

  • A Good "Hotel-Restaurant"

    The restaurant is mainly sited on the terrace outside of the Hotel Sainte-Marie. The food was of good quality and the price not above what we expected in a tourist trap given the town and the stupendous view while dining on the terrace. It was not high season yet. Maybe they raise the prices later in the season. Local dishes and local wine.

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Rocamadour Transportation

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Only Consider the Up Trip In the...

    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...


Rocamadour Local Customs

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    Time Travel

    by chbuchie Written Nov 6, 2005

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    In the central street , 'rue de la cremerie' , a short text describes the daily life condition in this spot .

    Feel free to check out the photo with the french text

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Rocamadour Warnings and Dangers

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    by balhannah Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    We arrived by car at Rocamadour, and what do we find..........
    No where to park the car. The narrow street's are full of Car's parked on the roadside, and stretch for quite a long way. We parked the car along with the many others.

    What we didn't know then, was there is a large carpark on top of the hill at the Chateau.
    Park the car there, then walk down the hill and catch the elevator back up the hill, [or walk]

    If you park on the road edge, where we had to, down the bottom of the hill, then you need to walk up the hill to catch the elevator. Not the best for elderly or people with leg problem's!

    Another option is the Petit Train that leaves from the valley and takes you to the medieval village. It does a return trip every 15 minutes.
    Please check the website for details, as it doesn't begin until 10am, so before that, you will have to walk.

    FARE IN 2011/2012 .....Adult 3.50....Child 2 euros a return trip.

    Car's & Petit Train's
    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Road Trip

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Rocamadour Off The Beaten Path


    Padirac is a small Village with some famous Cave's. You really need to look at the website to see if you want to go, to me, they look excellent, but once again, was disappointed no photo's are allowed.The village itself is lovely and old, with many interesting building's and a Chateau. I just wandered around and enjoyed it.Padirac is located about...


    Located just 12kms away from Rocamadour, is another lovely Chateau, situated on the edge of a high cliff.It is the 11th centruy fortress, Chateau de Belcastel, which was restored in 1970.IT HAS HAD QUITE A LIFE!It all began in the 9th Century, when a Chapel was built by the villager's, and then in the following centuries, it was added to and became...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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