Cavemen of La Roque-Gageac

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One of the most beautiful villages of France is the tiny La Roque-Gageac, nestled between the cliff and the Dordogne river. The Pearl of Aquitaine is also an ideal base for other attractions of the region.

La Roque-Gageac is a charming French village situated on the river Dordogne, in the department of the same name. Despite its modest size, tourists can find quite a lot of attractions there, including the 15th-century Tarde Castle, the ruins of the Sarlat Bishops' Castle, and finally the caves where cavemen lived in the distant past. The village also attracts with its beauty - it is on the list of "The Most Beautiful Villages of France".

The landscape is beautiful as in a picture

La Roque-Gageac is the pearl of the Périgord Noir region. The area is famous not only for the beauty of landscapes, but also for its rich history, architecture and - which is extremely important for tourists for whom visiting is inextricably linked with getting to know new tastes - excellent local cuisine.

The village is situated between a cliff and the river Dordogne . It looks most impressive from the water side, showing beautiful houses standing in a neat row to the eyes of the watched. Above them, gray rocks stand out picturesquely from the lush greenery. The landscape looks tailor-made, which makes it look like a model from a distance.


Due to its exposure to the south, La Roque-Gageac can enjoy a virtually Mediterranean microclimate. Exoticism is also added to it by the very attractive garden located near the church. It is home to bamboos, banana trees, agaves, palms and prickly pears.

Castles admired from barges

The best way to see La Roque-Gageac in all its glory is on a boat trip. In the past, they were used to transport goods, today most of them were sold and used as fuel. The ones that have remained serve as cruise ships for tourists.

The majestic Manoir de la Tarde La Roque-Gageac dominates the village. The Renaissance chateau attracts tourists with elegant, though slightly bulky, turrets.


The attention of visitors to La Roque-Gageac is also drawn to the La Malatrie castle, a luxurious residence that combines modernity with the charm of antique furniture and carefully styled interiors. From the main courtyard of the castle you can see the river in a great way. You can also admire the views from one of the castle terraces, where there is a swimming pool.

Camping in the Dordogne valley

In the middle of the Dordogne valley between Rocamadour and Sarlat, Camping les Pins is a well-equipped family-run establishment. It has 137 places, including 49 pitches for campers or caravans. You can also put up a tent here.

At the campsite there are, among others restaurant, bakery and bar, tour desk, laundry and BBQ area. The resort has a swimming pool complex (including a heated indoor pool) with water slides. It offers the possibility of relaxing in a sauna and jacuzzi, as well as massages (including Korean, Thai and Californian). It is advertised as an ideal campsite for families with children up to 13 years of age. It is open from April to September.

What can you do in this beautiful place besides admiring the views? In nearby restaurants you can see great wine, try controversial foie gras or luxurious delicacy, truffles. Sports enthusiasts can go trekking, canoeing, play tennis and paintball, they can also see the area from a bird's eye view - take a balloon ride. In summer, many festivals and concerts take place here. In a word, there is no shortage of entertainment. Motorized tourists can easily reach the surrounding castles, including Castelnaud, Milandes, Beynac or Marqueyssac et ses jardins.

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