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Rocamadour is a city in France.

Get in[edit]

Only accessible by one road which travels through the town. You can reach Rocamadour by train. Outside the station you can phone for a taxi, 12-13 euros. There's a family-run hotel directly opposite the station. They will also phone the taxi, or you can walk 3km to l'Hospitalet where there is a Tourist information office, also cafes and tourist shops. To walk from the station: cross the 'square'/car park to reach the road. the hotel/cafe will be in front of you. Turn left along the road. After about 25 mtrs there is a path on the right marked by wooden signposts. From here it's 3 km along flat paths through the fields. It's very beautiful. There are sign posts at every junction with other paths. when you meet the main road turn left to L'Hospitalet. From there it's 1.5 kim along the cliff-top road, with fabulous views, to the Chateau where you can get a lift down to the Sanctuaries and a second lift down to the one road of the pretty village with shops, hotlels, restaurants etc.

Get around[edit]

A tourist train rides around the village, but it only goes part of the way up and the village is so small you can easily walk.

See[edit][add listing]

The town itself is built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge. This strange arrangement was the result of the discovery of a body in a nook in the cliff face during the height of the Dark Ages. Perfectly preserved, the locals came to the conclusion that it was the body of St. Zacheus who was the man who wiped Jesus' face as he carried the cross. Clearly, finding the body of an 1100 year old Saint perfectly preserved was declared a miracle and Rocamadour became a pilgrimage site. Over the ages, churches were added to the site, but their age chronicles the development of Christianity. Besides all the wonderful churches whose total lack of Gothic influence will stretch your definition of how a church should look, there is also the Black Madonna. A unique depiction of the Virgin Mary with Jesus. First of all both are depicted black, which is unique for a culture that would have viewed black as bad. Also the child Jesus is not depicted as an infant as is normally the case. Rather he is depicted as a toddler. Clearly they didn't know how things "should" be done, but back then they were still grappling with this new religion.

Do[edit][add listing]

Take a balloon ride over the Dordogne Valley

Bicycle the valley

Walk around the historic town

Visit the falconry centre at the top of the cliff and watch the displays featuring kites, eagles, vultures and owls.

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Rocamadour is famous for its locally-made goats' cheese - delicious. There's also a shop selling lavender and lavender products. It's above another shop but look out for the barrels on the street full of little bags of lavender, 5 for 3 euros.

Eat[edit][add listing]

The Best Western Beau Site (set menu: €35) is the best place to eat in town.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Le Terminus des Pelerins, Citie Medieval Rocamadour (On main road, cliff side), 0033 (0)565 336214. Family-run hotel. Very considerate and friendly proprietors.  edit


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