Did your child behave throughout the visit? Did they listen to the guide as he detailed every part of the cave and didn't flinch for a moment? And that's because you promised him he'd have his moment of freedom at the end of the visit... We like to keep our promises, so here are a few ideas to get him into the fresh air.
A stay in the Dordogne is a stay in the countryside, there's plenty of space!
Your child needs to run
Don't worry, we've listed below all the nooks and crannies in the Dordogne where he can risk-free roaming:
- the near the Vézère at Bugue (including a skate park and playground)
- the Parc de la Falquette à Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac. (take your book, benches are available)
- the meadow under the municipal hall d'Audrix (nearby swimming pool and Terra Aventura course)
- the Campagne forest (make him climb the 139 steps of the staircase several times and you take the easier path on the right)
- the along the river à Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère (not on the left bank, on the cliff edge! But on the right bank path that leads from the village to the footpath).
- the town hall park at Les Eyzies (games and picnic area nearby)
- the square Pautauberge à Montignac-Lascaux (kiosk and river view to boot)
- the hiking trails à Coly-Saint-Amand (avec des distances variées selon le parcours sélectionné, ces chemins sont particulièrement adaptés aux familles)
Périgord, the ideal playground for children's daydreams
The Vézère valley has a number of municipal play areasThey are generally well adapted and secure pour les plus petits mais lorsque votre enfant est plus grand, il a besoin d’espace, de se dépenser en s’inventant une histoire de pirate, de chevalier ou bien de découvreur. En Périgord, avec tous ces châteaux et ces grottes, son imaginaire va se développer c’est sûr !
Well, we do have a few islands too, yes, we do, we swear. But you need a boat for that. OK, they're more like the little islets that dot the Vézère when you're out on a boat trip. canoe. Nonetheless, it gives the landscape some relief 😉 And you know as well as we do that children need very little to create a story for themselves.
"Dordogne en famille", the special guide for children
On vous invite à découvrir toutes les activités proposées par les sites touristiques sur ce guide édité pour l’ensemble de la Dordogne. Certaines animations sont manuelles mais d’autres demandent de réels efforts physiques.
For each activity, you'll find the minimum age required to take part, prices and a few recommendations.
Visits we recommend to tire out your children (and sometimes your parents, we must admit)
- la Roque Saint-Christophe (Don't make him run during the visit, of course, but there's no time limit on the site, so let him go up and down the rock).
- the Parc du Bournat (merry-go-rounds, animals, ... okay but if before we look at the bakery, the mill, the work of the lacemaker, the potter ... In short, you get the idea! Blackmail isn't a good idea, but hey... it takes a lot of steps to visit the whole park).
- Commarque Castle ( 1- you take a path to get to the castle, 2- it's uphill for the visit, 3- lots of activities, 4- a plain accessible at the foot of the castle without any danger for running around)
- the Prehisto-park What is it? A trail through the forest (#canicule => brilliant idea) that lets you follow the habits and customs of prehistoric man through child-sized reconstructions of scenes.
- the Cabanes du Breuil (your child can wander through the bories without stopping you from contemplating these little architectural gems)
- the panoramic gardens of Limeuil ( 1- it's uphill to get there, 2- there's a fun trail, 3- you can play hide-and-seek, 4- you can swim in the river below)
- Eyrignac and its gardens (The labyrinth alone should amuse them! But if not, visit the Japanese garden, then the vegetable garden, then the botanical paths, then ... )
Fun for all
Sometimes you just want to have some fun as a family: head for the theme parks:
- Jacquou ParcDepending on the size of the children, we choose the carroussels or the roller coaster
- le Bois des lutinswe travel the forest through safety nets then we let loose with some inflatable structures. Who's going to have the most fun - your child or your partner? Come and tell us at the Tourist Office ...
- Le Conquil, Prehistobranch or Dinosaur Park ? Depending on how you feel, on the same site you can opt for the sporty version or the leisurely version. forest in the company of t-rex, diplodocus and other life-size specimens. Discounts are available if you take it all!
When you choose a holiday in the Dordogne for your family, you're sure to find something to do for everyone! Discover our other sections to help you prepare your trip to Périgord with your children.