Your chosen holiday destination is the Dordogne, but there's no question of leaving without your beloved dog! After all, he deserves a holiday too. To make the most of your stay in the Périgord, we'll give you a helping hand in preparing your holiday.
Step 1: Find accommodation in the Périgord that accepts my dog!
Don't worry, in the Dordogne and the Vézère valley, we've got just what you need. From campsites to hotels, holiday rentals and B&Bs with or without swimming pools, you're spoilt for choice.
And because we're friendly people here, we'll give you a few addresses with undeniable charm.
Choose the cosy comfort of a holiday rental such as the Lou Calypsou gîte in Tursac or the Linette House in Les Eyzies. In the heart of the Vézère valley, just a stone's throw from major Périgord Noir sites such as the Château de Commarque or the exceptional Font-de-GaumeThese Perigordian houses are perfect for you and your four-legged friend.
The Abbey housesLocated in the commune of Coly Saint-Amand, the farm offers your pet a warm welcome. With its vast grounds, your pets will love frolicking around. The comfortable rooms are tastefully decorated with views over the countryside, and the heated swimming pool is ideal for a family holiday in our beautiful Périgord region.
Discover the house, gîte or flat that's right for you, your family and your dog, on our page dedicated to gîtes and chambres d'hôtes in the Périgord Noir.
If you prefer camping, there's plenty of choice here too.
The campsite La Ferme de PerdigatLocated in the commune of Limeuil, classified as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France, this is a pleasant place to set down your luggage and pitch your tent in the countryside. As well as the charm and tranquillity of the place, your dog will be in good company. Horses pass nearby on the greenway that runs alongside the river. Perhaps your pooch will even make some new friends.
If you're looking for peace and quiet with a swimming pool and close proximity to a château, we invite you to make a reservation. Au Val de la Marquise in Campagne. This campsite opposite Campagne castle offers a warm welcome, with or without pets. Long walks in the park or forest opposite the campsite will delight your dog. What's more, the campsite is ideally located, on the road to Sarlat, at the crossroads of the villages of Les Eyzies and Le Bugue. It's a little paradise for families.
Step 2: Fill up on pet-friendly cultural experiences!
Even if you're accompanied by your dog, there's no question of missing out on the emblematic sites of our beautiful destination. Several tourist sites in the Périgord Noir are happy to accept your pet on a lead.
Why not explore the troglodyte village of la Madeleinelocated in Tursac. There, you can discover the remains of a village built into the side of a cliff, and learn all about the distinctive Périgord stone. You can then take a tour of the farm to immerse yourself in the world of the farmers of yesteryear. It's also the perfect opportunity to take a relaxing stroll through the fields and along the river. Your pooch will appreciate the exceptional setting of this remarkable site as much as you do.
You're not far from Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère, a charming village listed as a "World Heritage Site".Most Beautiful Villages in France"The water is easily accessible, so dogs can bathe in complete peace of mind.
Looking for a castle? The Château de Commarque at EyziesWe welcome you and your faithful companion for an exceptional adventure in a medieval fortress. There's even a doggie bar at the entrance to the castle. In summer, the heat makes your pet thirsty too! On the way to Sarlat la Canéda, you can also visit Puymartin castle, famous for the legend of the white lady. But don't worry, you and your pooch have nothing to fear.
Unfortunately, in the interests of conservation and to avoid any unexpected reactions from your pet to the dark, the caves do not accept our animal friends. However, the Cazelle rock caves welcomes pets (on a lead).
Stage 3: Sporting activities in the Dordogne!
Is your furry friend keen on long walks and sporting activities? We've got just what you need! There's no question of staying in your holiday home, so slip on a pair of trainers and let's go for a walk.
The hiking trails in the Vézère valley and throughout the Dordogne. Suitable for all levels, all you have to do is choose the one that suits you best. For a short walk in the woods, we recommend the Polissoir loop in the state-owned forest of Campagne, but if you prefer a longer hike, the Gorge d'Enfer loop at Les Eyzies should please you. It offers lovely views of the cliffs, and you'll be totally amazed by this landscape, which has been preserved thanks to the "Grand Site de France" label.
As a reminder, the river is not suitable for swimming, but the animals can take cool baths when the Dordogne temperatures get too high.
You can continue your sporting activities with a canoe trip down the Vézère, a relaxing and intimate river, or on the Dordogne, with its breathtaking views of the châteaux. Dogs can be taken on board a canoe or a kayak to enjoy their holiday too.
Step 4: After all that, it's time to take a break!
You've already had a busy holiday! Time for a well-deserved break. Head for the village of Limeuil for a swim at the confluence of the Vézère and Dordogne rivers. The banks of the river are peaceful and offer a lovely spot to relax and sunbathe. If you can't jump in the pool at your holiday home, why not take a dip in the refreshing river water?
Look up too - the village's charm is well worth a visit! The narrow streets lined with Périgord houses and stalls will take you back to Périgord's medieval past, but your pooch may be a little tired of the slope. Rest assured, at the top of the promontory the Panoramic Gardens of Limeuil where dogs are welcome and the shade will keep you cool. To round off your holiday, take a walk with a view of the confluence of the rivers, guaranteed to leave you with unforgettable memories.
And if you want to discover a tourist site where your pets are not allowed, you can always call on a pet-sitting service like Toutou en Vacances in Sarlat-la-Canéda. Around the Vézère valley and throughout the Dordogne, you'll find a number of pet sitters ready to pamper your dogs for a day.