Hardly anywhere else will you find a region steeped in so much history, so theDordogne definitely attracts campers with an eye for culture and history as well as the wonderful scenery and relaxed atmosphere for which the region is perhaps best known.
Camping in the Dordogne means enjoying beautiful meandering rivers, charming ancient villages, châteaux and rich vineyards. Green hills are topped with ‘bastide’ towns amidst some of France’s loveliest countryside.
There really is so much to see and do when you camp in the Dordogne, from walking and cycling to birdwatching, fishing and watersports. In fact, canoeing is a very popular way to explore the river here.
And at the end of the day, you will find the wines of Bergerac, the famous sweet white Monbazillac and the fine white Bergeracs make the perfect complement to the sophisticated cuisine, which is often rich in truffle slices and foie gras.
Between St Emilion and Bergerac, between vineyards and orchards, the ‘Purple Perigord’ is a land blessed by the Gods.
The Dordogne is such an endlessly beautiful river, and one of the best ways to enjoy it is to hire a canoe for a day or half a day. You will find many places that hire canoes here, including at Bergerac, Sainte Foy la Grande....
There are seven fine golf courses in the Dordogne (Château Les Vigiers at Monestier...), where you can enjoy nine or eighteen holes in some of the loveliest scenery.
The Dordogne is home to all sorts of fish, from pike and carp to salmon and trout. Fishing spots are also plentiful, but please remember to get a licence from the local tackle shop or tabac first – and also that night fishing is mainly prohibited here.
The Dordogne valley make spectacular horse-riding country, and you will find a number of farms and equestrian centres here from where you can enjoy a day’s riding or even overnight tours.