Camping in the Dordogne
Camping in the Dordogne is an excellent way to enjoy the outstanding natural beauty and heritage of this region, where ancient fortresses watch over meandering rivers and towns and villages of golden stone.
For many visitors the big draw of a Dordogne camping holiday lies in its gastronomic traditions, with truffles, duck confit, walnuts and pumpkin cake accompanied by a huge variety of local wines.
One of the most pleasant ways to explore when you’re camping in the Dordogne is by hiring canoes. Cycling is another popular option.
Canvas offers the finest Dordogne campsites at the best possible prices, close to many of the Dordogne’s key historic attractions.
Things to do when you’re camping in the Dordogne
The pretty village of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is dominated by a massive castle, home to an evocative Museum of Medieval Warfare. As well as a fine collection of armour and hand weapons there are full-size reconstructions of siege catapults.
Just round a bend in the river is the captivating Château des Milandes, former home of the inspirational singing star Josephine Baker.
La Roque Gageac
Regularly voted France’s prettiest village, La Roque Gageac clings to the banks of the Dordogne and the slopes of a sheltering limestone cliff. Take a trip on a ‘gabarre’, a replica of a traditional flat-bottomed barge.
A beautiful town carved from golden sandstone with winding cobbled streets and passageways that are perfect to explore on foot. One of the biggest attractions in Sarlat is the Saturday market, with a smaller version on Wednesdays. For something a little more energetic, try riding the zip wires at La Forêt des Ecureuils (the forest of squirrels), an aerial adventure centre just a short drive outside the town.
From its strategic location high above the river, the old fortified town of Domme offers exceptional views over the Dordogne valley. In times of conflict the inhabitants would shelter in the huge natural cave known as the Grotte de Domme, where you can see magnificent stalactite and stalagmite formations. If you have children, be sure to take a tour on the colourful tourist ‘train’, the Domme Express.
Gouffre de Padirac
A series of astonishing caverns, experienced as a boat ride along the underground river.
Clinging to the side of a cliff, the extraordinary village of Rocamadour has been a pilgrimage site for many centuries. The highlight of the visit is the shrine of the Black Madonna, reached by a grand staircase of 216 steps - a lift is also available.
Fôret des Singes
Not far from Rocamadour, more than a hundred Barbary Macaques roam freely in a 50-acre forest. You’ll be given bags of popcorn to feed the animals, which are very friendly and interact happily with visitors.
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