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A cultural landmark of the Quercy area, “Grand Site de France” and a UNESCO world heritage site, this cliffside town is world famous.
World famous Rocamadour is a stop on the Way of Saint James, by way of Puy-en-Velay. Pilgrims from across Europe have made their way through it since the XIIth century. They come to admire the reliquary statue of the Vierge Noire or pray to the relics of Saint Amadour. The many medieval buildings and cave sanctuaries fit perfectly together, perched on the cliffside.
Built cliffside, 150m above the Alzou canyon, the town of Rocamadour is impressive. Like all good things it’s better to take it in slowly, to let it reveal its beauty, enjoying the many viewpoints it offers from the oncoming roads. You’ll find great spots to take pictures even before getting there. Once in town, you can admire the many superposed houses and chapels, piled all the way up to the castle. You’ll wonder how they can all stay up… (hence the few slanted facades)
After a stroll through Rocamadour, indulge the children with a visit to the Forest of Monkeys nearby. You’ll get to see Barbary macaques up-close.
Or choose to visit the bird sanctuary of the Rocher des aigles. There you’ll see birds of prey and colorful parakeets. During the bird show, you’ll even see an Hedwige lookalike, the famed snowy owl from the Harry Potter series.