Your chosen holiday destination will be the Dordogne, but there’s no question of leaving without your beloved dog! After all, he deserves a vacation too. To make the most of your stay in Périgord, we give you a helping hand in preparing your vacation.

Couple of women walking on the Vézère Valley greenway, in Les Eyzies, with a dog

Step 1: Find accommodation in Périgord that accepts my dog! 

Don't worry, in Dordogne and the Vézère valley, we have what you need. From campsites to hotels, vacation rentals and B&Bs with or without swimming pools, you are spoiled for choice.

And since we are friendly here, we give you some addresses with undeniable charm.

Opt for the cozy comfort of a vacation rental like the Lou Calypsou gîte in Tursac or the House Linette in Les Eyzies. In the heart of the Vézère valley, a stone's throw from the major sites of Périgord Noir such as the Commarque Castle or the exceptional cave of Font-de-Gaume, these Périgord houses will do the job perfectly for you and your four-legged friend. 

The Abbey Houses, located in the town of Coly Saint-Amand, welcome your animal with kindness. With its immense grounds, your animals will enjoy roaming around. The very comfortable rooms have a careful decoration with a view of the countryside and the heated swimming pool is ideal for a family stay in our beautiful Périgord. 

Discover the house, gîte or apartment that suits you, your family and your dog, on our page dedicated to gîtes and guest rooms in Périgord Noir. 

If you prefer camping, there too the choice is wide.

Camping The Perdigat Farm, located in the town of Limeuil, classified as the Most Beautiful Villages of France, is a pleasant place to unpack your bags and pitch your tent in the countryside. In addition to the charm and tranquility of the place, your dog will be in good company. Indeed, horses pass nearby on the greenway along the river. Maybe your dog will even make new friends. 

You want to be quiet while enjoying a swimming pool and proximity to a castle, we invite you to book At Val de la Marquise in Countryside. This campsite opposite the Château de Campagne offers a warm welcome with or without animals. Long walks in the park or forest located opposite the campsite will delight your dog. In addition, the campsite benefits from an ideal location, on the road to Sarlat, at the crossroads of the villages of Les Eyzies or Le Bugue, it is a little paradise for families. 

There is also the New Croze, Domaine de Fromengal, Bleufond mill, … and many others. Consult our list without further delay.

Our tip:

Call the host to obtain all the information on the conditions for accepting your pets. An unforgettable holiday in the Dordogne with or without your dog can be planned.

Step 2: Stock up on cultural experiences where pets are accepted!  

Even accompanied by your dog, there is no question of missing out on the emblematic sites of our beautiful destination. Several tourist sites in Périgord Noir are happy to accept your pet on a leash.

Why not explore the cave village of Madeleine, located in Tursac. There, you can discover the remains of a village built on the side of a cliff and discover the very special Périgord stone. Then, you can take a trip to the farm to immerse yourself in the world of yesteryear's farmers. It will also be an opportunity to take a calming walk, in the fields and along the banks of the river. Your dog will appreciate the exceptional setting of this remarkable site as much as you do. 

You are not far from Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère, a charming village classified as “Most Beautiful Villages of France“, its accessibility to water allows dogs to take baths in complete peace of mind. 

Are you more of a castle type? The castle of Commarque Eyzies, welcomes you with your faithful companion for an exceptional adventure in a medieval fortress. A doggie bar is even set up at the entrance to the castle. In summer, the heat makes your pet thirsty too! In the direction of Sarlat la Canéda, you can also visit the Château de Puymartin, famous for its legend of the White Lady. But don't panic accompanied by your dog, you have nothing to fear.

Family with dog visits the Grottes du Roc de Cazelle in Les Eyzies

Unfortunately, the caves, for the sake of preservation and to avoid your animal's unexpected reactions to the dark, do not accept our animal friends. However, the site of Cazelle Rock Caves happily accepts our pets (on a leash).

Step 3: Get active in the Dordogne with sporting activities!

Is your furball a fan of long walks and sporting activities? We have what you need ! Staying in your vacation home is out of the question, put on a pair of sneakers and go for a walk.

The hiking trails are not lacking in the Vézère valley and throughout the Dordogne. Suitable for all levels, all you have to do is choose the one that suits you. For a short walk in the woods, we recommend the Polissoir loop in the Campagne national forest, but if you prefer a long hike, the Gorge d'Enfer loop in Les Eyzies should please you. It offers pretty views of the cliffs, it is a total amazement at this preserved landscape thanks to the “Grand Site de France” label.

women walking with a dog in lascaux-dordogne

As a reminder, the river is not authorized for swimming, however animals can take cool baths when the temperatures in the Dordogne become too high. 

 We continue the sporting activities with a canoe trip on the Vézère river, intimate and relaxing, or on the Dordogne, with its breathtaking views of the castles. Dogs can board a canoeing or a kayak to enjoy their vacation too. 

Step 4: And after all that, we take a break! 

Your stay is already full! It's time to take a well-deserved break. Head towards the village of Limeuil for a swim at the confluence of the Vézère river and the Dordogne. The surroundings of the river are peaceful and offer a nice spot to relax and enjoy sunbathing. If you can't take a plunge into the swimming pool at your holiday home, take a dip in the refreshing water of the river.

Look up too, the charm of the village is worth a look! The alley lined with Périgord houses and shops takes you into the medieval past of Périgord, however your dog may be a little tired by the slope. Rest assured, at the top of the promontory the Panoramic Gardens of Limeuil where dogs are accepted and the shade refreshes you. To end your vacation, a walk with a view of the confluence of the rivers is a guarantee of unforgettable memories.

Little things to know: 

If you need additional information, we invite you to contact the Tourist Office to learn more about the activities to do with your dog during your stay in the Dordogne.

In the Vézère valley and Périgord Noir, you will always find something to do.

And if you want to discover a tourist site where your pets are not accepted, you can always call on a babysitting service like Toutou en Vacances located in Sarlat-la-Canéda. Around the Vézère valley and throughout the Dordogne, you will find several pet sitters, ready to pamper your dogs for a day. 

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