Every traveler who visits Rocamadour puts the Basilique Saint Sauveur on their list of must-visit attractions. One of the grandest and oldest churches of the commune, Basilique Saint Sauveur is a pilgrim site for many. The church is a 13th Century construction and its gorgeous gray exterior makes the place impossible to miss on the Rue de la Couronnerie. The architecture of Basilique Saint Sauveur is inspired by the Gothic style but it does have some Romanesque nuances. Its ribbed vault is its most unique characteristic, along with the iconic tower that overlooks a deep, emerald valley. In the beginning of the 19th Century, Basilique Saint Sauveur has honored the stature of being a basilica, today it is also a world famous UNESCO Heritage site.
Dedicated to St. Peter, Église Saint-Pierre de Collonges-la-Rouge is a historic church built between the eleventh and twelfth century. The walls of this magnificent church made using red sandstone, and the beautiful bell tower captivates your attention and is visible even from a distance. Église Saint-Pierre de Collonges-la-Rouge was included in the prestigious list of national historic monuments in the year 1905 making it a popular attraction in Collonges-la-Rouge.
As the name itself might be a dead giveaway, Collonges-la-Rouge is a small village with a very unique feature- every building here is made from red sandstone, the color created by iron oxide deposits. The medieval towers, houses and church buildings mesmerize with their uniform hues, which is an amazing contrast with the surrounding verdant hills and blue skies. Tourist value aside, it is also an important stop during the famous pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela, adding further cultural importance to its name.
Located in the small French town of Turenne, Château de Turenne is a large medieval castle complex offering visitors a unique peak into its rich history along with stunning views of the beautiful countryside from its high vantage point atop a hill. For over 700 years, the Viscount of the castle reigned independently over the region and offered refuge to crusaders and rebels from the King of France. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction with a rich French garden planted with English and exotic flower species that make it a perfect backdrop for a holiday picture. Seasonal rooms are available at the castle as well for 70 euros per night with breakfast and can be booked by calling on 05 5585 9066.
One among the bevy of villages hailed as the "most beautiful villages of France", Curemonte possesses a unique charm which draws tourists and locals alike. Encompassed by verdant hills and spellbinding vistas which unfurl beyond its periphery like a dream, the commune's idyllic sprawl is defined by landmarks such as the Château de Saint-Hilaire, Eglise de la Combe and Château de la Johannie. A former church turned museum located here features striking ecclesiastical art.
Tucked in the Dordogne river valley, Carennac is accessed via a pretty single-lane bridge that takes you through its old-world streets, full of rich architectural structures and medieval gems. Tread its quiet, cobblestone streets that gently wind past key buildings- including the Saint-Pierre church and its adjoining cloister, the chateau that once housed François Fénelon - French theologian and author of Les aventures de Télémaque-, and timbered houses that add to its charm. Later, rest your feet at one of its many cafes that are tucked into its narrow alleyways.
People have been exploring the depths of the Padirac Cave since the 15th-Century, when local inhabitants excavated potassium nitrate from the area. It is believed that the cave has existed since the 3rd-Century, when the roof of rock fell into a large cavern deep within the earth. The chasm itself stretches down 99 meters (325 feet) and was first extensively explored by Édouard-Alfred Martel in 1889. The cave system was first opened up to tourists in 1899. Today, tourists can descend into the cavern via stairs or a lift and explore its dark depths either on foot or by boat, which navigates the underground river that flows through the cave system.