The spectacular village of Rocamadour lies in the Lot department of the Midi Pyrenees. For a thousand years it has been an important place of pilgrimage – built on the site of a shrine to the ‘black’ Madonna. It became renowned as a place of healing and was a stop on the route to Santiago de Compostela in North West Spain. The best places to stay in Rocamadour are ideal for experiencing this dramatic destination which climbs up the cliff face, whether they're located in the town itself or the surrounding area.
The village consists of one narrow paved street, lined with medieval houses and passing through the various ancient gateways like the Porte du Figuier and the Porte Salmon. The ‘Grand Escalier’ of 216 steps leads to the sanctuaries above – Chapelle Notre Dame, Basilica Saint Sauver, Saint Michel chapel, Palais des Eveques and ultimately l’Hospitalet – and the stunning views of the old town.
Near Rocamadour is the Gouffre de Padirac, an extraordinary system of caves where one can take an other-worldly boat trip through ‘lac de la pluie’, the ‘Grand Dome’ and numerous further caverns of amazing scale. There are also caves by the village itself – ‘Grotte Prehistorique des Merveilles’ with 20,000 year old paintings.
Also worth a visit is ‘Maison des Abeilles’, a museum of beekeeping. Children will appreciate the ‘Foret des singes’ where over 100 monkeys live relatively free range. There is also the medieval ‘Moulin de Cougnaguet’ mill on the river which is still operational.
The town is an exceptionally popular destination during the busy summer months, so if you want to ensure that you reserve one of the best places to stay in Rocamadour, you'll need to be organised and book early.
Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Rocamadour, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Alternatively widen the remit and check out all our recommendations in the Lot.
A traditional stone building with blue shutters and ivy clad terraces in the heart of the Dordogne. Charming rooms have stone floors and iron bedsteads. Local produce served in the restaurant, outdoor pool, tennis court, billiards, and many activities around. A fantastic spot for families.
A beautiful 17th century manor house set in the middle of a national park. Charming traditional rooms have stone walls, attractive fabrics, and wooden beams. Pretty parkland, panoramic valley views, swimming pool, and excellent local cuisine. An ideal spot for exploring.
A hotel and restaurant in a charming Quercy village. Traditional rooms and suites with stone walls and wooden beams, some with four poster beds, fireplaces and private terraces. An excellent restaurant, swimming pool and terraces. A relaxing and low-key spot.
Spectacularly romantic chateau with magnificent views over the Dordogne. Fantastic gourmet food served from terraces or in the vaulted-ceiling restaurant. Stone-walled bedrooms with parquet floors, wooden beams and soft fabrics. Very special, utterly romantic.
A country house B&B in the middle of a Natural Park. Charming stable-conversion bedrooms and one apartment have lots of space, attractive fabrics, and traditional materials. Hearty breakfasts, an outdoor pool, and lots of good restaurants in the area. Excellent value for local exploring.
A beautiful B&B in a 19th century mansion. Large, contemporary rooms have wooden floors, four posters and superb bathrooms in slate. Outdoor pool, enormous gardens, and a peaceful sun terrace. Fantastic regional cuisine with local wines. Elegant, chic and quiet.