La Roque Gageac

La Roque Gageac, a village listed among the Most Beautiful Villages of France, is nestled between the cliffside and the Dordogne River.  Its southern exposure provides it with a virtually Mediterranean microclimate.

The white and ochre façades of its houses align along the bank of the river.  A number of winding lanes lead to the foot of the cliffside offering a magnificent view over the river.

Halfway up the cliff next to the church, the natural solarium formed by the rock sustains a surprisingly exotic garden of palm trees, banana plants, agaves, fig trees, cacti and bamboos.

If you continue beyond, you will discover the Manoir de Tarde, a Renaissance manor that still overlooks the heart of the village.

The best way to discover the village from the river is to embark aboard one of its famous cargo barges or Gabarres.  These traditional flat-bottomed boats were historically used to transport merchandise along the Dordogne.  The majority of the cargo barges that reached this area of the river would never return, as they were dismantled upon their arrival to be sold as firewood.

La Roque Gageac and its inhabitants, called ‘Laroquois‘, cheerfully welcome visitors each year to their fine gourmet area.

While in the area why not visit the stunning village of Beynac, just a few miles to the west.