Fallen under the charm of this magnificent village while walking through it, we set off for a discovery cruise on board a "gabare", a traditional flat-bottomed boat from the Dordogne! Are you ready to come with us to the heart of castle valley?
An authentic trip along the river...
After strolling through the small streets of La Roque-Gageac and lunch on one of the many sunny terraces, it is time for us to take a gentle digestive tour. We had previously spotted a small pier located at the edge of the only car/bus park in the village. The hostess informs us that a few of the 48 places are still available for the 2.30 pm departure.
A word of advice: remember to book in advance, especially during the summer as places are limited!
And we’re off for a 6.5 km round trip! On board, we meet the captain, as well as our "storyteller" guide, Jean-Michel. A funny, original character, and above all, passionate about Perigord heritage. For almost an hour, he humorously recounts the story of La Roque-Gageac, a medieval town as ancient as it is mysterious, located at the foot of the cliff, and which has witnessed the evolution of the way of life and the traditions of the local boatmen…
A good thing to note: Free audio guides are available for our English, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Danish, Chinese and Japanese friends.
An unforgettable journey along the corridors of time
While being rocked gently on an authentic reproduction of an 18th century gabare, we first see the feudal castle of Malartrie. Nestled at the foot of high cliffs, this site majestically overlooks Roque-Gageac. A little further on, we discover Marqueyssac and its gardens (French only) . Even higher, we can make out perfectly the famous castles of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle(French only) and Milandes(French only) that we visited earlier the same morning.
⇒ Discover our visit to Milandes (French only) !
During the visit, we learn that the gabares were traditionally used to transport wine, wood, fish, or salt... This trip is truly a journey back in time punctuated by breath-taking landscapes, superb views, along an exceptional river with a great guide! "The view over the village is fabulous" marvels Lucile, delighted with her first trip to Périgord!
At the sight of a splendid cormorant at the water's edge, Jean-Michel takes the opportunity to give us an ornithological and ecological insight. Eight species of migratory fish live in the Dordogne river. Did you know that the Dordogne river is recognized by UNESCO as a "Natura 2000 " site, a world nature sanctuary? In this lush environment, fauna and flora remain exceptional!
A delightful "different" way to visit the picturesque village of La Roque-Gageac, and learn about the area while relaxing on the river…
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