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Rocamadour too many tourists?

markmcilroy

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We are thinking about walking the Rocamadour variant this May but 2 different websites say the tourist numbers in Rocamadour are massive i.e over 1 million people a year which is around 4,000 people a day assuming tourists only visit for 8-9 months of the year. So in a small village with fixed population of 600 to have 4000 people visit each day seems a lot of people. Do those numbers seem right are there that many tourists each day?
 
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Dave

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We are thinking about walking the Rocamadour variant this May but 2 different websites say the tourist numbers in Rocamadour are massive i.e over 1 million people a year which is around 4,000 people a day assuming tourists only visit for 8-9 months of the year. So in a small village with fixed population of 600 to have 4000 people visit each day seems a lot of people. Do those numbers seem right are there that many tourists each day?

I'd say "day" is the operative word there. Spend the night and you'll have it practically to yourself. It's a spectacular place and I wouldn't miss it.
 
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We are thinking about walking the Rocamadour variant this May but 2 different websites say the tourist numbers in Rocamadour are massive i.e over 1 million people a year which is around 4,000 people a day assuming tourists only visit for 8-9 months of the year. So in a small village with fixed population of 600 to have 4000 people visit each day seems a lot of people. Do those numbers seem right are there that many tourists each day?

There weren't near that number when Jill and I were there. . . but we spent time there this October 25 to 27.
 

lovingkindness

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Bonjour @markmcilroy
Rocamadour is a marvel. The masses dissappear by a certain hour. Early mornings are serene. The candle-lit processions are something to behold. As a pèlerine de la musique I was thankful for the crowds.

I set off in high summer, July 2016 from an obscure village in Le-Lot-et-Garonne hiking via Rocamadour and Cluny to Taizé in La-Saône. I connected with le Chemin de Saint Jacques, the GR 652, before Penne d'Agenais.

I encountered few randonneurs or pilgrims on my way to and from Rocamadour. The trail was superb.

Assoc. des Amis de St Jacques: Lot et Garonne
ACIR : Rocamadour

Bon chemin!
Lovingkindness

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SYates

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I walked the Rocamadour variant as part of a longer Camino in 2014, in September, so pretty much high season. Also at the same time was the hot air balloon festival going on (spectacular!). Said all this, Rocamadour never felt crowded to me that day. So, don't miss it!
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I have been there on October 2017, and yes, it is a touristic city, but there were no crowds. Very nice and good stay.
 

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I was there in mid June of 2018 and although there were tourists, it didn't seem too crowded. It was a very enjoyable experience...Go, enjoy, you will not regret it.
 

ObeeOne

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My husband I were there some years ago on pilgrimage and it was a marvelous place! I do not recall any crowds at that time.
 

Moominmamma

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This is the main tourist street mid-afternoon late July last summer. There were tourists but not unbearable. If you leave the main drag (and climb) there are far fewer people. It’s a gorgeous place, and so are the nearby caves where you can take an underground boat. 7E39E446-0FED-4D17-9FCE-42CD71253CC5.jpeg
 
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flickchic98

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We are thinking about walking the Rocamadour variant this May but 2 different websites say the tourist numbers in Rocamadour are massive i.e over 1 million people a year which is around 4,000 people a day assuming tourists only visit for 8-9 months of the year. So in a small village with fixed population of 600 to have 4000 people visit each day seems a lot of people. Do those numbers seem right are there that many tourists each day?
I took the Rocamadour detour from my lePuy walk and it was worth it. I had to stay at someone's house a good 30 min walk to the town because the hotels in town book months if not years in advance. I found them on Booking.com. Once you see the town you will know why. You can walk there but I didn't. I took a round trip bus from figeac if I remember correctly. But I remember thinking the bus ride was so gorgeous I wish I had walked! Bon Chamin!
 
When I was there in mid-October 2014, the tourists came by day on buses and were gone at night. I stayed in the clifftop Centre d'accueil et d'hébergement Notre-Dame and, as far as I could tell, had the place entirely to myself. I had dinner on the main street, and afterwards the town was so quiet that it was almost spooky to climb the switchback trail back up the cliff. Rather than walking the variant route, I went by train from Figeac, taking a one-night side trip before continuing on the regular LePuy route. The train station is about 5 km from Rocamadour, and the short walk in and out was beautiful. I wouldn't have missed it for anything!
 

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