24250 La Roque-Gageac, France
Walking along the Dordogne river in La Roque GageacListed among the most beautiful villages of France, La Roque Gageac is a waterfront huddle of medieval stone houses sheltering a 12th-century troglodyte fort and overlooking the Dordogne. On the river the traditional gabarres (cargo boats) once used to transport barrels of wine upstream from Bordeaux and salt and wood downstream are now the best mean for visitors to explore the valley and its beautiful castles.
The village is characterized by a particular Mediterranean micro climate which allows the existence of a surprising exotic garden located next to the church halfway up the cliff and dominating the heart of the village. There is an impressive number of interesting houses including the 19th century Chateau de la Malartrie and the Renaissance Manoir de Tarde with its round tower and mullion windows. Friday is market day.