La Roque Gageac is classified as one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. Much like Rocamadour, the village seems as if built into a cliffside. This cliff, rising steeply from the Dordogne, is entirely south-facing, which results in a microclimate prevailing in La Roque Gageac, evidenced by its exotic flora.
A visit to the town by definition means climbing. For those that would like to get away from the crowds, there is a beautiful, slightly longer walk up the hill (4 km, 220 m elevation), with a viewpoint at the top offering magnificent views over the valley.
A little further downstream, also on the North bank of the Dordogne, lies Beynac, a nine-hundred-year-old castle that was regularly in conflict with its neighbor, the Castle of Castelnaud, during the 100-year war. Both the exterior and the interior of the castle of Beynac are worth seeing.
Are you done walking but you still feel like some sightseeing? Then hop on a boat and see La Roque Gageac and the castles of Beynac and Castelnaud from the water. The tour goes by ‘gabarre’, which is a flatboat on which goods were transported in the past towards Bordeaux and its harbor.