La Roque-Gageac

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La Roque-Gageac, near the Dordogne|Golden lauze-roofed houses|Photo Amanda WhiteThe vilage of La Roque-Gageac |Photo BobradA walk by barge|The manoir de Tarde|The very cave|

More labeled "beautiful Village of France.

The village of la Roque-Gageac, ranked among the «Plus Beaux Villages de France», is nestled between the cliff and the Dordogne. A very important fluvial activity in the 19th century with the famous loaded barges of goods and a certain sweetness of life have made the village of La Roque-Gageac, one of the most popular tourist resorts of the region.

Brief summary of history

From the 9th century, the inhabitants of La Roque-Gageac hide and prepare fortifications in order to avoid the attacks of the Normans drakkars. A strong Cave was built in the 12th century to 40 meters high. This very elaborate defensive system had the distinction of being impossible to climb to the invaders because of the steep cliff.

In the middle ages, economic development takes off thanks to the gabares (traditional vessel intended for the carriage of goods) that allow the import and export of goods and fishing. The hundred years war, and the wars of Religion are la Roque-gageac, a large, stunning and very populated stronghold. From this period date the largest part of the current structure of the village, with its Troglodyte forts and the Manor of the family soon and the traces of the castle of the Bishops of Sarlat.

In 1957, a part of the cliff is showered on a part of the village, the consequence is that the very cave is most visited.

In La Roque Gageac

Nestled in a bend of the Dordogne, la Roque-Gageac unfolds a block when you arrive by the small road from Sarlat. Former summer residence of the Bishops of Sarlat, the village was completely fortified with its strong cave and Castle. It can be overwhelmed by the beauty of the place with houses Golden lauze or brown tile roof bordering the Dordogne in narrow lanes.

  • Manoir de Tarde, remnant of the Renaissance, which still dominates the heart of the village. It presents a precious architecture where the mullioned windows dress two main acute Gables. It cannot be visited.
  • Next to the Church at mi-falaise and through this natural solarium, flourishes an amazing exotic garden composed of Palm trees, banana, fig, cactus, Agave, bamboo.
  • The garden of the flower farm is a series of terraced gardens which succeed one another on more than 5000 m², in a mix of colors, combines various gardens (romantic, grandmother, wild, etc).

A walk by barge

To discover the village La Roque - Gageac to the River, the best way is to embark aboard the famous gabarres. These bottomed dishes traditional boats used in the 18th and 19th centuries to transport goods along the Dordogne. The majority of the gabares navigating on this part of the River, were that the down because they were disassembled on arrival to be sold as firewood.

Two replicas of barges offer three different tours to discover the Dordogne on a 6.5 kilometre loop. Duration: 55 minutes.

Gabares Norbert - Bourg, 24250 La Roque-Gageac - Tel. + 33 (0) 5 53 29 40 44.

Useful information :

Address :
24355 La Roque-Gageac

Good to know :
Office of tourism of Sarlat Périgord Noir 3, rue Tourny, Sarlat-la-Canéda 24203, Tel. + 33 (0) 5 53 31 45 45

Free of charge. Guided tour.

Where to stay:

All accommodation

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