The Dordogne may not be the first place you think of for a family holiday in France, but it is a wonderful location, with lots of attractions to check out. On top of that, there is some fantastic food too, so book one of our luxury villas, France, and enjoy the best bits of the Dordogne on your holidays.
There are several caves you can visit in the Dordogne; the most famous is Lascaux. The original cave paintings at Lascaux are not open to the public but have been replicated so you can see them at Lascaux II. The caves still open to the public in the region are those at Grotte de Font de Gaume. Over 14,000 years ago, prehistoric artists created a gallery of figures and animals. You can take guided tours through the caves throughout the week up to September.
Food and Wine
The Dordogne is bursting with delicious food and drink, just waiting for you to tuck into! There are chestnuts, figs, truffles, goats cheese and dishes like confit de canard and cassoulet to try. Why not also pick up some food from the markets held in the local town near your villa and cook up a traditional dish yourself? Have a look at our blog for some recipe ideas. To accompany your food, you must have wine! The Dordogne is home to several fantastic vineyards, such as Bergerac and Monbazillac, which you can tour and sample the wines produced there, and pick up a bottle or two to take home!
Travel the River
The Dordogne is named after the river that runs through it, and travelling along the river by canoe is a great way to explore more of it. There are routes suitable for everyone, even small children so that you can choose the best one for your family. Canoe past stunning medieval towns, beautiful countryside, and chateaux. There are several canoe rental companies where you can collect your canoe from, amble downstream in shallow waters then get a return shuttle back by road. Sounds like a lovely day out to us!
See the Gardens of Marqueyssac
The Dordogne has plenty of countryside to explore on leisurely walks but to really admire the beauty of the foliage found in the region, head to the Gardens of Marqueyssac. The 22 hectares of manicured garden overlooks the Dordogne valley, making the views as much worth seeing as the gardens themselves! The site at Vezac is a maze of sculptures, hedges, and bushes – perfect for hide and seek, and the green foliage is a dramatic contrast against the surrounding scenery and offers plenty of photo opportunities.
Visit the Chateaux
There are few breath-taking chateaux to visit in the Dordogne such as Chateau de Commarque and Chateau de Bridoire. Commarque is a castle ruin at Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, and its history stretches back fifteen thousand years. There are prehistoric caves at the site, along with remains of a chapel and houses from the Middle Ages and a ruined fort with Gothic and Roman towers. Chateau Bridoire is a great tourist attraction for the whole family, which has brought its medieval history back to life through the available activities.