rocamadour

This un-spoilt and exceptional corner of rural France offers much to do and see. The rolling countryside is perfect for walking and riding, there is easy canoeing on the rivers, and hidden under the earth are some of the largest and most dramatic caves in Europe. 

The land is scattered with occasional hilltop 'bastide' towns dating from the 12th century, and fairy tale castles from the same era. 

The lovely village of Rocamadour is on the eastern edge of the area, across the border from the Dordogne into the Lot department. Each year the small village of Rocamadour (population around 600), in the Parc Naturel Régional des Causses du Quercy, receives more than a million visitors. Why so popular? Firstly because Rocamadour is an important pilgrimage destination, and has been for 1000 years. Built on the site of a shrine to a Madonna, the shrine became famous for its healing powers, and soon became a stop on the pilgrimage path to Santiago de Campostela. The second reason is because of the beautiful and dramatic setting of the village, climbing up a cliff side. Rocamadour is one of the Grand Sites of France.

We will spend a day here during the annual hot air balloon festival, a beautiful and serene experience.