Holidays are a time for relaxation and well-being. It's also a time to discover, explore and try out new activities. The Dordogne is a destination full of surprises, offering visitors a multitude of varied activities to enjoy during their stay.
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Canoe Vézère Univerland

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Les Eymaries Equestrian Farm

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Canoe Family

Fermé. Ouvre samedi to 17h30

La Fermette du Pérougord

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Fermé. Ouvre demain to 13h00

Dinosaur park Dordogne

Tèrra Aventura: Géometrix in Audrix

Alain Bruneau artist sculptor

At Etangs du Bos

Les Courrèges canoes

Activities in the Dordogne for an unforgettable holiday

If you're looking for ideas on how to organise your trip to the Dordogne, this article is for you. We'll take a look at the different leisure activities on offer in the region, to suit everyone. Here you'll find ideas to suit all budgets, whether for a holiday or a weekend away.

Family holiday activities in the Dordogne

Fill up on energy and excitement during your holiday in the Dordogne, discovering the Périgord Noir and the Vézère valley.  

Discover a variety of activities to suit every member of your tribe, and exciting visits in the heart of nature for an unforgettable family experience. Whether it's just a visit or a longer stay, the Périgord Noir will delight the whole family. 

Some sports and leisure activities for the whole family

The Dordogne, better known as the Périgord, is home to magnificent natural landscapes and offers a variety of authentic landscapes. It's the perfect place to try out and enjoy a variety of leisure activities. Here are a few things to do:

  • Canoeing and kayaking: a great way to explore the region's rivers. Canoe and kayak hire companies offer boats for discovering waterways independently and safely.
  • Horse-riding: if you fancy this activity, you'll find a number of riding schools offering accompanied rides and walks to enjoy the countryside.
  • Water sports: for families, the Dordogne and Vézère valleys offer a wide choice of activities such as stand-up paddling and gabare trips.
  • Hiking: for nature lovers, there are numerous hiking trails for all levels. Whether you're looking for a sporty hike or a more leisurely one, you're sure to find what you're looking for.

One of the great advantages of the Dordogne and Périgord Noir is that it is suitable for all ages. So you can find plenty of tourist activities suitable for family holidays. Many activities are also specially designed for children.

Cultural and heritage visits in the Dordogne

The Dordogne is a land steeped in history. The towns and villages are full of historic remains and monuments to delight young and old alike. Here are a few places not to be missed:

  • Visit Lascaux IV: 20 km from Montignac-Lascaux, this impressive site faithfully recreates the famous Lascaux caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Visit the village of La Roque Gageac: this magnificent village is perched on the left bank of the Dordogne. It has an incredible charm and offers a breathtaking view of the river.
  • The village of Les Eyzies plunges you into the heart of prehistory, with the National Prehistory Museum, the Font-de-Gaume caves, the only four-colour painted cave still open to visitors, and other prehistoric sites.
  • A visit to Sarlat is a must, but be warned: it's very busy at the height of the season. Sarlat is still a great place to walk around, especially in spring!

Unusual activities in Périgord

Finally, the Dordogne has a number of original attractions to delight the most curious and daring. Here are just a few examples:

  • The Prehistoric Labyrinth: with riddles to solve along the way, set off to meet the last Cro-Magnon man. Pass through the Ice Age, then the Mirror Maze and finally wander through anecdotes about prehistory to finally emerge from the maze safe and sound! 
  • Jacquou Parc: suitable for all the family, little ones can have fun on the rides and wooden horses, while older children can enjoy the wave pool or the thrill rides.
  • Les Etangs du Bos: 30 minutes from Sarlat, this water park is an incomparable family entertainment venue. With its waterslides, fishing pond and mini golf course, there's no doubt you'll have an unforgettable time.
  • Hot-air ballooning: take to the skies to admire the beauty of the countryside as you soar over lush green valleys. A unique and authentic experience you won't forget.
  • Caving: take advantage of the "Active Summer" programme and benefit from special rates for this unique activity in the land of caves. 

The Dordogne offers a variety of activities to suit all budgets and tastes. From cultural visits to water sports, horse-riding and hiking, there's something for everyone. The region will satisfy thrill-seekers and the more curious alike.

Visiting the castles of the Périgord Noir with your family and children

Here are a few châteaux you might like to discover:

  • Château de Losse (and its gardens)
  • Château de Marzac
  • Château de Commarque
  • Hautefort Castle
  • Château de Campagne 
  • Lacypierre Castle 
  • Château de Beynac 
  • Castelnaud Castle 

Where to go on holiday in the Dordogne?

It all depends on your preferences! In the Dordogne, there are plenty of activities to suit the tastes and colours of your family or group of friends. However, we'd recommend the Périgord Noir 😉

For the more active, there's something to suit all tastes: nature walks. If you're looking for original and sporting activities, take a look at the Active Summer programme. 

What's the most beautiful place in the Dordogne?

That's the question we get asked all the time! Well, we don't have the answer 🙂 Of course we have subjective preferences, sometimes we just fall in love, but frankly, there's no place in the Dordogne and especially in the Périgord Noir that's more beautiful than any other. It will always depend on what you like best, the landscapes, the châteaux, the caves, the gardens, and so on. 

To help you make your choice, we tell you more about the four colours of Périgord.

When is the best time to visit the Dordogne?

Another star question! So, of course, summer is a great time to stay in the Dordogne, if only for the outdoor activities. Of course, the vast majority of events and festivals take place in summer. But it's also the busiest time of the year. And that's when you need to be clever... 

The pre-season and the autumn in Périgord are actually privileged periods, as the weather can be even more pleasant than in summer with far fewer people! So it's an ideal time to visit the Périgord Noir.

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