Need to cool off after a walk or a visit to a Périgord château? The good news is that the Dordogne and the Vézère valley have plenty of places to swim! In the river, a pond, a lake, a water park or a swimming pool... That's what we call being spoilt for choice. So how do you find a beach or body of water in the Périgord? Where's the best place to swim in the Dordogne?

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A water park or municipal swimming pool in the Dordogne?

In the Dordogne and Vézère valleys, you'll also find water parks and municipal swimming pools to enjoy leisure activities, games and swimming. Ideal for all the family.

Find a water park in Dordogne

Go to a water parkis always the assurance of making children happy... and sometimes to the greatest !

Which water park to visit in the Dordogne? The choice is yours:

A municipal swimming pool? It's also possible

The swimming pools in Dordogne are open-air venuesopen during the summer season. To refresh yourself and enjoysupervised swimmingplease go to :

Where can you go for a free swim in the Dordogne?

Did you know? The Dordogne valley is classified World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO since 2012. The purity of the water, the forests, the cliffs, the diversity of the landscapes, the flora and fauna all make this an area of outstanding natural beauty. an exceptional environment... including swimming. Provided you respect nature, of course.

Free beaches on the banks of the Dordogne

Looking for places to swim in the heart of nature ? There are several sandy beaches or of pebbles on the banks of the Dordogne. The perfect spot for a refreshing dip in the river in a bucolic setting. view of the cliffs.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of the prettiest beaches in the Dordogne valley:

  • Castelnaud bridge beach ;
  • Coux and Bigaroque beach ;
  • Pendoilles Beach at La Roque Gageac
  • Enveaux beach in Saint Vincent de Cosse
  • Caudon beach in Montfort...

For a great day out, you can also find picnic tables and plenty of parking on nearby parking of most beaches. As well as leisure centres to rent a canoe and relax on the water.



Free beach sometimes rhymes with unsupervised beach. Take care when swimming in the river, especially with children.

Is it possible to swim in the Dordogne other than on the beaches?

By the river, numerous spots are still accessible outside the equipped beaches, for swimming more peaceful in the Dordogne. You can find them at random of your route or by asking local people who know the area and the river well. 

Beach of the sors ferry©ALR

The Vézère RiverUnfortunately, the not authorised for swimming.
Think about your safety too: avoid slippery banks or steepand prefer another location if you are with your children (a beach, a lake or a pond).

A pond, lake or body of water in Périgord

With the family or for activities, head for a lake of the Dordogne. Pond or lakeIt's always a good compromise. between nature and leisurein a pleasant, secure environment.

Swimming at Etangs du Bos

In the heart of the Périgord Noir, on the heights of the Vézère Valleyis located the aquapark des étangs du Bos: a pond with inflatable infrastructures and various activities for all the family (fishing, mini-golf, electric cars, playground, picnic tables...).

A "splash" in the pond in the supervised swimming areais an opportunity to swimming in a natural environment. It is possible to eat on site and even to stay there thanks to at the Bos campsite. With a heated swimming pool for the little ones next to the pond, the Etangs du BosIt's the perfect spot for a perfect day or a relaxing break. perfect with the family.

Swimming at ©Etangs du Bos

Practical info

Participation from 11 euros is required to enjoy the Bos ponds and its leisure activities.

Swimming at the Tamniès lake

In the heart of the Périgord Noir, between Sarlat and the village of Montignac-LascauxThe Tamniès lake is a small pond with a large lake and a small lake. supervised beach during the day and various activities (A bar, restaurant and car park are also available.

Practical info

Participation from 3 euros is required to take advantage of the Tamniès pond and its leisure activities.

Swimming at Lake Groléjac

For a moment of relaxation or a day of sport, come to the Roc Percé leisure centre de Groléjac. This lake, located near Sarlat, stretches from on 15 hectares and also offers a wide range of activities and services:

  • Supervised beach afternoon in summer ;
  • Pedalo hire on the lake ;
  • Nature reserve ;
  • Fishing ;
  • Picnic area ;
  • Car park...

Practical info

A contribution from 2 euros is required for access to Lac de Groléjac.

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