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09 December 2023  |  Tourism

La Roque Gageac - a charming village in the Dordogne

The Dordogne has many hidden gems, including La Roque-Gageac which stands out as a true treasure. Nestled along the Dordogne River, this picturesque village offers medieval charm, stunning natural surroundings and a rich and diverse history.

In this article, let's explore La Roque-Gageac, a setting of authenticity in the Dordogne landscape.

With its black tiles, its typical roofs, its landscapes and its charm, Roque Gageac is an invitation to daydream and does not go unnoticed. In front of the 14th century church of La Roque-Gageac, you can take the time to observe its typical bell tower and its Périgord slate roof. From the small courtyard of the church, take out your camera to capture the exotic garden: palm trees, banana trees, fig trees, cacti and even bamboo.

Visit the Roque-Gageac fort

Overlooking the Dordogne river by 120m, and located on the cliff, the fort offers an exceptional 180 degree view. Built directly on the rock, the Fort of La Roque Gageeac was armed with a very elaborate and still visible defensive system: ditch, stunner, walkway, archers. It is accessible by a staircase, on the side of the cliff. The fort unveils an exhibition presenting the great figs of the past and the historical facts of Roque-Gageac.

Exotic and botanical garden

For nature lovers, you can visit the exotic and botanical garden of Roque-Gageac, which offers a green break. Nestled between the cliff and the river, this garden surprises with its variety of plants.

A journey through history

The history of Roque-Gageac dates back to the Middle Ages and is a real journey through time. The stone houses with slate roofs seem to create a unique atmosphere. The narrow lanes that wind between buildings, revealing architectural treasures around every corner. Don't miss the Château de la Malartrie, a very beautiful building which overlooks the village and offers a breathtaking view of the Dordogne.

To see, near Roque-Gageac

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, known for its two castles, the magnificently restored castle housing the Museum of War in the Middle Ages and the Château des Milandes, former property of Joséphine Baker.

Beynac-et-Cazenac reveals its imposing castle, once besieged by Richard the Lionheart, at the foot of which rest the houses with slate roofs and blond facades. Domme, overlooking the meanders of the Dordogne by 150 meters, Domme offers a breathtaking view of the valley and a choice stopover in Périgord Noir. It is probably one of the most beautiful bastides in the South-West and one of the jewels of the Périgord Noir.

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Amélie Roca

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