Well folks, my trip to Rocamadour, France was set for December and I totally recommend it to everyone. Rocamadour was amazing. We were alone excepts for the local people and was a very good experience. It's a beautiful town, and when you go down the road, having all of the people watch you is priceless. Anyway, the trip was amazing and surprising. There was a chapel which was one the most magical moments of the trip. It was a blast!
If you go to Rocamadour, you must visit the castle. The views are amazing, and the area has a spot where you cann all of Rocamadour, its layout, its churches, etc.. You have several ways to access, one is via the Way of the Cross Chapel watching Saint Michel which is excavated in the rock or on the other hand, you can do it by car and park in the free parking and then try the gondola, and the truth is that the latter option because we felt really expensive was around 3-4 euros per person if I remember correctly. The entrance to the castle is through a lathe that is difficult to avoid and for which you have to pay 2 euros to walk the short stretch there for tourists. Furthermore, stroll along the roof and make out the great views, you can see the garden that has the castle and Chapels Square just below. As the tour is small, sure to find many turists so you'll have to wait for your coming in some people, which makes it a little less enjoyable visit. There are many other most notable castles around, so this does not have much to write.
Around the church of Notre Dame is where Rodamadour has grown from the High Middle Ages. You can access the church in two ways, coming from the high part of the city, or climbing the stairs where pilgrims climb each of the 100 steps on their knees, making them tired and sore. In its dark and tidy interior, you can see the Black Madonna, known as Our Lady of Rocamadour, where only a little light enters the detailed windows. Outside, there's a replica of the sword in the rock, Durandal sword, that belonged to Roland. This statue really impressed me because it seems like the sword is actually coming out of the rock. A lot of tourists gather here, so there's normally a line to get inside. Without doubt, the medieval exterior with stairs and stunning views give this area of Rocamadour a special charm and virtually transport you to medieval times. Nearby, you'll find many souvenir shops.
La Porte du Figuier considered one of the gateways to the tourist town of Rocamadour. For many tourists, will in most cases make their first stop at Rocamadour as there is a car parking and also is the only places where you can leave the car to go into the village.
The door forms part of the surrounding wall that has been around the city for centuries. It is the only gate of the town, as inside, you'll find other doors like the Salmon Port, Port Hugon or Cabiliert Gate and Tower. It is certainly one of the great attractions of this gated city is the terrain, it is on the Alzou River and appears to be in perfect harmony with the mountain made out of limestone rock on which the historic part of Rocamadour sits. Inside, you will notice that it is a city ready and waiting for the many tourists that want to see it.
One of the monuments that I really wanted to visit in Rocamadour was the Sword of Roland because I was especially attracted by the stories and legends of the sword. What I couldn't find in a guide book was its location, so I had to look on the internet. It's just above the entrance of the church of Rodamadour Notredame . Legend says Roland, not wanting his enemies of battle to take the sword, tried to part with it, but couldn't, so he threw it and it landed in a stone. The sword in the rock is not the real sword, but a replica of the original, which seems to be doomed to stay in the stone for centuries. Legend has it that the sword posses many relics, like the tooth of Saint Peter, and a piece of cloth of Santa Maria. The area is full of tourists, who are usually crammed around the statue. Just below the sword is also where the Holy Troubadour lays, hence the name of Rocamadour, which in Occitan means the Troubadour Rock. I think it's a place to visit with family and that the sword is something that appeals to the little ones who are usually buy reproductions in the surrounding tourist shops.