Rocher des Aigles is a haven for nature lovers and bird watchers from all over the world. Nestled in the heart of Rocamadour, the sprawling bird park is enveloped in serene verdure. The park is home to an array of diurnal and nocturnal birds along with parrots. In addition to sights of exotic birds, the bird park also delights visitors with an array of fun programs and displays. Visitors can also make avail of the onsite restaurants and food stalls. Do visit Rocher des Aigles for a memorable time amidst avian wonders.
Travelers who visit Rocamadour rank the Basilique Saint Sauveur high on their list of must-visit attractions. One of the grandest and oldest churches of the commune, Basilique Saint Sauveur is a revered pilgrim site for many. The church is a 13th-Century construction boasts a gorgeous gray exterior, which is an unmissable landmark on 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 striking characteristic, along with the iconic tower that overlooks a deep, emerald valley. In the beginning of the 19th Century, Basilique Saint Sauveur was elevated to the stature of a basilica, today it is also a world-famous UNESCO Heritage site.
La Forêt des Singes, or the Forest of Monkeys, is a thrilling attraction in the heart of Rocamadour. The sprawling expanse of this enticing animal park is enveloped in lush green meadows and forests. As the name suggests, the park is home to over hundreds of monkeys. This unique parkland witnesses a footfall of over ten thousand visitors, who explore this vibrant oasis with sheer marvel in their eyes. Visitors can also opt for guided tours of the park, learning about the wondrous endearing species.
The Eglise Abbatiale Sainte-Marie was one of the first churches to be built by the Benedictine Monks in Souillac. Built in true Romanesque style, this church is very historic and is visited by thousands of pilgrims, simply for its majestic beauty. Inside the church complex one can find several chapels all of which have iconic resemblance. The church today stands as a head missionary for the Parish of Souillac, making it an important landmark of sorts. The Eglise Abbatiale Sainte-Marie is also open to religious meets and cultural gatherings.
One of the main attractions which is worth a visit while in Souillac, the Place Pierre Betz is the main square and the hub of all cultural and artistic events. Identified by the very spectacular Sainte-Marie Abbey, an old warehouse and numerous old constructions in and around the square, this place is on the agenda of most tour operators. During festivals, the ambiance takes a complete U-turn when this place bustles with activity and fun. Most notable event held here was the Sim Copans.
If caves intrigue you, then Grotte des Merveilles will be a great option. This prehistoric cave which was discovered in 1920 is a natural cave. You will also find cave art that goes back to the Gravettian period. Besides that, the beautiful geological formations and crystals will keep you enthralled. The guided tours are for 45 minutes. The tours are available from April to mid November. Check out the souvenir shop at the shaded area where you can also enjoy picnicking.
The 17th-century manor house, Manor d'Eyrignac is surrounded by an 18th-century Italian Renaissance garden which is listed as one of the Notable Gardens of France by the Committee of Parks and Gardens of the French Ministry of Culture. Open throughout the year for public visitations, the park offers tourists a chance to marvel at various topiary sculptures, vistas, fountains, statues and an allée of vases dating.
The Calviac zoological reserve is a 3hectare wildlife park specializing in endangered species and committed to the conservation of biodiversity. The park contains about 20 endangered animal species from different corners of the globe. The zoo is set on the side of a hill in the middle of the forest 15 minutes from the town of Sarlat. The reserve is not very big but it is unique; it is a thrilling experience to wander through the spaces of animals. Visitors can also relax at the café shop built in an old barn on a rocky side.