Perched on the side of a cliff, in a gorge above the river Alzou, Rocamadour has a breathtaking setting. This medieval town has been attracting pilgrims to its religious centre of churches and abbey for centuries.
La Cité Réligieuse is the main complex of religious buildings, accessed via the Grand Escalier staircase. It includes the Chapelle Notre-Dame, with its Black Madonna statue, and the Romanesque-Gothic Basilique Saint-Sauveur. The medieval main street is narrow and lined with boutiques and shops selling everything from souvenirs to foie gras, leather goods, hippy clothing and, of course, ice cream.
The town is also home to the famous appellation-controlled Rocamadour soft goat's cheese. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1998 the town also forms part of the St James' Way pilgrimage route, better known as the Camino de Santiago.