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The Dordogne, camping in prehistoric times

La Dordogne en Nouvelle-Aquitaine
La Dordogne en Nouvelle-Aquitaine

The third largest French department and former province of Périgord, the Dordogne is part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Dense and rich in four Périgord regions (black, green, white and purple), it attracts lovers of architecture as well as fans of authentic and unspoilt landscapes. The Dordogne has a multitude of advantages to seduce you during your camping stay.

Campsites in Dordogne

Camping is undoubtedly one of the best ways to discover the Dordogne. They'll be on hand wherever you want to discover and accompany you on your holiday. There are 258 campsites in the Dordogne to accommodate you during your stay, and many more besides! You'll find comfort, entertainment, people to meet, activities, nature and much more.

To help you make your choice, here are three campsites in the Dordogne to choose from among more than 250. La Bouquerie campsite ***** located in Saint-Geniès, on the edge of a pond and in the forest. You'll enjoy quality, comfortable accommodation with 137 pitches. Leisure facilities include an open-air swimming pool and an indoor pool, both heated, as well as waterslides. There's plenty to do during the day, and evening dances, entertainment and shows, as well as a mini-club for the little ones, are also on offer. Just 15 km from Sarlat, this is the ideal place to discover the Dordogne while having fun at the campsite.

Campsite Dordogne, La Bouquerie
Campsite Dordogne, La Bouquerie


Lascaux Vacances campsite **** in Saint-Amand-de-Coly, just 10 minutes from the Lascaux caves and 20 km from Sarlat, the campsite is set in lush greenery in the middle of the Périgord Noir and has swimming pools, waterslides and a zip line. Nature, tranquillity and relaxation await you here.

Campsite Dordogne, Lascaux-Vacances
Campsite Dordogne, Lascaux-Vacances


Located in Saint-Martial-de-Nabirat, Le Carbonnier campsite **** invites you to enjoy a bucolic interlude in the heart of the Dordogne, with a water park, children's clubs, entertainment and a pond for fishing and canoeing. An ideal place to explore the tourist gems in the surrounding area.

Campsite Dordogne, Le Carbonnier
Campsite Dordogne, Le Carbonnier

Essential discoveries

Located in the White Périgord, Périgueux, the cultural and tourist capital of the Dordogne, has been awarded the "Ville d'art et d'histoire" label thanks to its three museums and 44 listed or classified monuments, including the cathedral of Saint-Front. It has been labelled a City of Art and History thanks to its three museums and 44 listed or classified monuments, including the Saint-Front cathedral. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and classified as a Historic Monument, it is Byzantine in style and has undergone a crucial restoration that has transformed its appearance. It is an important stopover for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. With its numerous remains, a stroll through the medieval streets of Périgueux takes you back to the opulent period of the Roman Empire and gives the impression of leafing through a history book.

View of Perigueux
View of Perigueux© iStock

The Proumeyssac chasm and the Lascaux caves are obviously among the must-see sites in the Dordogne, but do you know the Rouffignac cave? It is one of the largest decorated caves in Europe. Traces of scratches and bones prove that it was the refuge of cave bears before being decorated with paintings and engravings of human hands, 15,000 years ago. Aboard a small electric train (designed to preserve the delicate balance of the cave's interior), you will explore the site nicknamed "the cave of a hundred mammoths" and its 158 representations of the ancient animal out of the 250 proposed.

Famous for its vineyards and logically located in the Purple Perigord, the medieval town of Bergerac is situated on the banks of the river Dordogne, where it is good to stop and enjoy a piece of foie gras on toast before heading off to admire the sculpted facades of the houses, the elaborate doors and their ogival windows. You can also admire the boatmen's houses on Place de la Mirpe and the statue of Cyrano on Place Pelissière. Finally, take a walk along the towpath from the port, which offers a magnificent panorama.image

Bergerac© iStock

Another highlight of your holiday in the Dordogne, Sarlat and its medieval old town, full of charming and typical streets, is one of the Most Beautiful Detours in France and is also classified as a Town of Art and History.

Castles are also part of the history of the Dordogne, and if the castle of Castelnaud is one of the most famous, don't miss the one in Milandes just next door. It was Josephine Baker who fell in love with this grandiose residence at the same time as the Périgord. Listed as a Historic Monument, its garden is a must-see.

View of the village and castle of Castelnaud
View of the village and castle of Castelnaud© iStock

Finally, if the holidays are coming to an end, you will no doubt want to come back to visit some very pretty villages such as La Roque Gageac, situated at the foot of a cliff, Les Eyzies de Tayac, the world capital of prehistory in the Vézère valley, the marvellous bastide of Monpazier, classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, or Brantôme, nicknamed the Venice of the Périgord.


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