There are so many things to do around this region and filling your days are limited by only your imagination. Here are just a few of the things that are available locally.
In summer you’re missing out if you come to the Dordogne and don’t take a trip on the river.
There are companies all around renting canoes and kayaks for full or half days for just a few Euros.
It’s up to you where to start: Here, to the west of the region the river is wide and placid, and the banks are flat and green, with lots of places where you can pull ashore for lunch.
But if you want to glide through rocky limestone ravines then you’ll need to drive east upriver and start around somewhere like La Roque-Gageac, where steep hills, dark woodland and medieval castles stand like giant sentinels high above the river-bends.
# Gabarres de Bergerac
Keeping with a watery theme, barges are a tradition on the Dordogne next to Bergerac and have been shuttling along the river for centuries.
So if you want your trip on the river to be as effortless as possible you can board one of the heritage barges that depart from Quai Salvette in summer.
On a 90-minute cruise, your captain will tell you about the busy life of a barge-man in days gone by, when they were crucial for the wine trade, and will give you an insider history of the city.
As you float off into the countryside he or she will point out the kingfishers, herons, turtles and other wildlife on the river.
# Grand Etang de la Jemaye
Villamblard is a long way from the ocean, but if the heat gets too much in summer a picturesque lake can pick up the slack.
There are many but just 30 minutes north Grand Etang de la Jemaye is a favorite and surprisingly not that busy, and from the start of July to the end of August the lake’s beach is supervised by lifeguards.
Backing the sandy beach are picnic tables and lawns, there are trails into the forest for cyclists and walkers, while if you fancy some fishing you’ve got a designated area on the lakeshore.
Beach cafe’s and restaurants are also available.
Caves, there are many but chances are you’ve never seen caves like these ones, an easy drive between Bergerac and Sarlat-la-Canéda.
The Grottes de Maxange have all the usual stalactites and stalagmites you’ll know all about, but what people come to see are the masses of almost unearthly crystals on the ceilings and walls.
These sharp, spindly formations are known as helictites and are formed by capillary action over thousands of years.
The cave was discovered by accident in the year 2000 during dynamiting in the adjacent quarry.
# Food Tours
If you’re curious about the delicacies of the Dordogne and Périgord region you could fill your day with one memorable food experience after another.
So you might call in at a trappist dairy, sample life on a goat farm making chevre, check out production at an artisanal vinegar mill, tour a family-run Clovis Raymond distillery making brandy and liqueurs, and finally, if you’re braver than me, visit a farm where foie-gras geese are reared.
The exalted Périgord black truffle is a different matter; you can see the fervour (and wealth!) that this precious tuber generates at the truffle market in Sainte-Alvère on Monday mornings in mid-winter.
# Golf Public De Perigueux
This 18 hole course, which is relatively flat, is crossed by the Beauronne which is a small stream and adds a number of features and hazards to the course. There are several other water features to negotiate…..
The practice area includes covered driving range, putting green, bunker and pitching area.
There is a Proshop and well equipped clubhouse with a restaurant/bar area which is open all year. Click on the above image to watch their movie.
And of course, just a very short walk away there are some fine tennis facilities just waiting for you to hone those skills.
Have a great time, you deserve it