Padirac Cave

the perfect south of france road trip

the perfect south of france road trip

Exactly a year ago, we were in the middle of an 11-day road trip around the South of France.  It was an absolutely massive undertaking to plan, inspired by cheap flights from Madrid to Toulouse and Lonely Planet's France's Best Trips book.  I pieced together many of the different road trip itineraries in the book and added in some additional stops based on blogs and sites I'd read online.  The final plan was very ambitious and had us covering quite a bit of southern France, but the end result was...fabulous (if I do say so myself).  Now, when I think about going anywhere in Europe on vacation, a few places come to mind, and the South of France is without a doubt at the top of that list.

padirac cave, france

padirac cave, france

One of my favorite parts about our road trip around southern France over Semana Santa was the diversity of things that we saw and did: castles, gorges, cities, the sea, museums, caves, villages, rivers, churches, and even a cave!  The variety was really fun as we could be doing something completely different from one day (even one hour!) to the next.  

rocamadour, france

rocamadour, france

About an hour from our last (very brief) stop in Bouzies and 30 minutes from our visit to Padirac Cave, Rocamadour is a pretty little cliffside town popular with pilgrims and tourists.  So popular in fact that some sources say that it receives more than a million visitors a year, pretty sizable for a town of 600 people.  Many are drawn to the village because of a black statue of the Virgin that is housed in a church important to pilgrims making their way along the Camino de Santiago, and others because Rocamadour was chosen as France's favorite village in 2016.