Rocamadour – Grand Site of the Midi Pyrénées

February 26, 2014 by · Comments Off on Rocamadour – Grand Site of the Midi Pyrénées
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Rocamadour – in the Midi Pyrénées

Rocamadour is the second/third/fourth/fifth (depending on which list you read) most visited site in all of France with about 1.5 million tourists annually.
It is a medieval village and one of the “Grand Site Midi-Pyrénées” and is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Rocamadour from across the valley and our bike route

Rocamadour from across the valley and our bike route

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rocamadour is a destination on our Lot & Dordogne Discovery Bike Tour. It is also one of our longest and most challenging routes so really only cycling fit guests make the whole route, some stop half way and wait for a lift.

Our guests leave our center base to cycle the 49k following quiet roads passing through Concores and then a nice flat section for about 20k stopping usually for a coffee break in Saint-Germain-du-Bel-Air. Then it’s on to Montflaucon where the flat section stops and the Parc Naturel Régional des Causses du Quercy starts, which as you may have guessed starts to become more of a challenging route for a cyclist.

However at Montflaucon there is a café/bar Le P’tit Bouchon and Le Cloitre restaurant, so this becomes the first pick up point in the minibus for those not comfortable with the route ahead! The village is small enough that guests can stop at either for a lunch time drink or full meal and we will still find them!

Then into the national park proper and a spectacular journey including four climbs (or is it five, there’s always a debate) but each not too long, before you descend into the Alzou Valley and spectacular views of Rocamadour across the valley. This route is hardly used as most tourists come from the other direction and never see what I consider to be the best view of Rocamadour.

 

Rocamadour from our bike route

Rocamadour from our bike route

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our guests freewheel down into the car park at the bottom and make their way up to the Cité Medieval and if they want to climb 216 steps up the “The Grand Escalier” (once climbed by pilgrims on their knees sometimes with small stones strapped to them). However there is a lift to the top and the views of the valley from the other side.

Rocamadour

Rocamadour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more details about Rocamadour follow the link below or come on one of our tours?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocamadour

Our Lot & Dordogne Discovery – History Mystery & Chateaux Bike Tour

Rocamadour – Grand Site of the Midi Pyrénées

The Americans are discovering the Dordogne at last.

February 23, 2011 by · Comments Off on The Americans are discovering the Dordogne at last.
Filed under: Lot and Dordogne, France, Lot Cycling holidays 

Extract from The Toronto Star by Tom Fortin

It’s a lovely late spring morning and Fortin is guiding a visitor down the gentle waters of the Dordogne River. He’s pointing out old buildings that were used to cure tobacco and the crumbly cliffs along the riverbank and the nearby farms and villages dotted with magnolias and crape myrtle and fields of dreamy, bright-red/orange poppies against a background of sweeping green grass.
As we paddle, or rather let the minimal current sweep us slowly downstream, I look up and see tidy, perfect villages carved into the rock and several centuries-old, faded gold-coloured castles perched high on hilltops towering over the river.
The Dordogne isn’t a name that rolls off the tongue of North Americans like the French Riviera or Bordeaux or Burgundy. But the rich food and the small towns and wide rivers and historic castles that seemingly pop up every 10 minutes might just be the essence of what many visitors would want from a European or French vacation.

(Our cycling tours visit Roque Gageac and Sarlat)

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