The best time to discover Rocamadour is early in the morning before it starts getting too crowded and because at that time the light illuminates the cliff where the churches are nested.
If the morning is too difficult for you, the Marian City is wonderful at night thanks to
its good lighting.
To tell you the incredible story of this city here is simply impossible, don't forget: more than one thousand years of history! There are many ways to do the visit depending on how much time you have - we'll need at least two hours. From a classic guided visit of Rocamadour to an interactive and fun tour or a hike in the Alzou canyon, we have many ways to explore this exceptional site.
I'll give you the keys to understand some of the astonishing things you'll see in Rocamadour:
In April experienced hikers can come and try to follow the sheep moving to their seasonal pastures from Rocamadour to Luzech.
A seventy-kilometer hike of five days through the Causse (limestone plateau) of Gramat classified as a Natural park. The departure takes place at the bottom of Rocamadour city with the blessing of the flock.
In May it's the cheese festival in Rocamadour to honor our local goat's cheese the famous "Cabécou". In the local language "cabécou" means little goat cheese, easy no?
Did you know that in the past, this little goat's cheese was used as money and even to pay taxes?
You can buy them from farms or at local markets (only in the morning). The farmers use the label on signposts to direct you to their farms. But eat your cabécou during your stay in the Lot, it doesn't like long journeys.
The hot- air balloon meeting in Rocamadour takes place each year in September (the third weekend). With the first delicate changes of color in autumn, the ascent of so many balloons from the Canyon will be a magical and memorable moment of your stay in Rocamadour.
There are two flights each day, but the first one in the morning has the best light and fewer spectators. There are also flights at other sites in the Dordogne valley. For more information: see here. These events attract many visitors so you need to be organised. Admission is free.