The Dordogne, the ideal destination for your camping holiday
Get ready for a holiday high in colour: from the white stone around Périgueux in the Périgord Blanc to the lush green valley of the Vézère in the Périgord Vert. The beauty of the Dordogne is everywhere, its attractions revealed one-by-one, around a bend in the river or deep in the bowels of the earth!
And it’s from your Sandaya campsite that you’ll be able to make the most of the gorgeous scenery, as you spend endless happy days around the heated swimming pools in the water park. Simply book your fully-equipped holiday rental unit or set up your tent or campervan on one of our tree-shaded pitches, then you are free to put together a holiday programme that exactly suits you! A visit to Sarlat, an aquagym session, beach volleyball or simply lazing?
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Visit the Dordogne with the family
Ready for a journey to the centre of the Earth? The Dordogne, and especially the Vézère Valley, hides one of the most impressive prehistoric sites in Europe, guaranteed to quench the thirst for adventure of any apprentice caver!
If the Lascaux cave at the International Centre for Cave Art is an absolute must-visit when you’re in the Dordogne, there are also a host of other surprises awaiting you throughout your journey! Just one example is the Proumeyssac Chasm, only a few kilometres away. Climb into its unique basket for a 360° visit as you are lowered into the depths of this “crystal cathedral”.
Visit the Dordogne as a couple
More than anywhere else, the Dordogne invites you to reach for the heights! And it’s from the highpoints of its innumerable châteaux and gardens that you’ll be able to appreciate the most beautiful views over the Périgord landscape. Begin your trip with a stop in Limeuil, officially listed as one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”.
From its panoramic gardens, take a moment to admire the breathtaking vista over the surrounding area, where the waters of the Vézère join those of the Dordogne. On foot, by bike or in a canoe, travel up-river as far as the famous fortified castle of Castelnaud and the sublime hanging gardens of Marqueyssac. Lying directly above the Dordogne and the charming village of La Roque-Gageac, the winding paths between the exquisitely sculpted box beckon you to abandon the everyday for new and more romantic horizons.
Camping Dordogne: our handy tips for a successful stay
Dordogne, Vézère, Isle, Dronne or Auvézère? Choose your favourite river for a fabulous canoe trip!
Discover the activities and entertainment at the Château de Castelnaud as you slip into the shoes of a mediaeval knight!
Wander between the stalls of one of the local markets and sample the black diamond of the Périgord: the truffle!
Hiking, climbing, mountain-biking: the Dordogne is a veritable paradise for sport in the midst of nature!
Why go camping in the Dordogne?
Come here, fill your lungs with fresh air and recharge your batteries surrounded by the wonderful natural landscapes of the Dordogne. Do you like history, culture and charming villages? Perfect, because during your camping stay in the Dordogne, you won’t know where to start, between the medieval castles, caves housing some of the most beautiful cave paintings in the world, and the old towns perched on the hillsides.
Whether you’re visiting as a couple or a family, your campsite set in the heart of nature in the Dordogne provides the perfect package: swimming pool, water park, waterslides, children’s playground, restaurants, and more! During the day, your youngsters can have a blast at our children’s and teens’ clubs. And in the evening? A fabulous atmosphere guaranteed during the shows and entertainment concocted by our teams!
For your accommodation, we’ve put together the very best at your riverside campsite in the Dordogne:
● Pitch for tent in the Dordogne,
● Luxury mobile home and chalet in the Dordogne,
● Cottage in the Dordogne,
● Quirky camping accommodation in the Dordogne (such as our safari lodges).
Which are the most beautiful towns in the Dordogne?
Do you really want to get away from it all and take in the sights during a stay at a luxury campsite in the Dordogne? Well, there’s much more to the region than its verdant countryside! The department’s prettiest towns are just the place for a leisurely stroll and a change of scenery. Here’s a selection of our favourites:
● Sarlat-la-Canéda: this is one of the region’s best-loved towns, and every year countless visitors succumb to its charms! With its narrow cobbled streets, the lauze roofs typical of the region, and colourful markets brimming with local flavours, it’s certainly hard to resist!
● Périgueux: this elegant town immerses you in the region’s history, with its quaint streets and majestic monuments. Among them, Saint-Front Cathedral is a must-see.
● Montignac: world-famous as the home of the renowned Lascaux caves, Montignac takes visitors on a breathtaking journey back to prehistoric times!
● Saint-Cyprien: bathed by the waters of the River Dordogne, this destination epitomises the tranquillity of the region’s towns.
● Saint-Martial-de-Nabirat: you’ll fall in love with this delightful village, found in the east of the Dordogne and boasting a characteristic Périgourdine feel. Nearby, enjoy the array of activities that await you: relaxing canoe trips on the Dordogne, a sporty quad bike ride or an out-of-the-ordinary view of the region... on board a hot air balloon!
● Atur: situated right next to your luxury campsite in the Dordogne, this little village is a peaceful and authentic spot for a stroll or simply relaxing. Surrounded by numerous hiking trails, it’s the ideal starting point for your next walking adventure to discover the stunning landscapes of the Périgord.
What are the sightseeing attractions in the Dordogne?
Get ready to be surprised by the beauty and richness of this area of south-west France on a camping holiday in the Dordogne:
● The Château de Castelnaud: this beautifully restored medieval castle sits perched on a hilltop and will take you on a journey back in time. It houses a museum of medieval warfare where you can embark on a unique immersive experience!
● The gardens of Marqueyssac in Vézac: here amidst the rare varieties of flowers, keep your eyes wide open and marvel at the magnificent sweeping views over the Dordogne valley.
● The Lascaux II and IV caves: just a few short miles from your campsite in the Dordogne, stand and feel the wonder before these faithful reproductions of the famous cave paintings, a powerful testimony of our distant ancestors.
● Vesunna Museum: located in Périgueux, this captivating museum traces the history of the city in Gallo-Roman times, immersing you in the daily life of this distant time for a totally unique experience!
● Gorges de l’Auvézère: set in a pristine natural environment, these picturesque gorges provide the perfect backdrop for tranquil hikes along the Auvézère. Simply enjoy and truly unwind!
Where can you swim in the Dordogne?
For a swim, mouthwatering picnics and some relaxing time-out with the family, here are the best spots for chilling out during your Dordogne camping holiday:
● The beach by the bridge in Saint-Julien-de-Lampon: a lovely place to bask in the refreshing waters of the Dordogne.
● Étangs du Bos: between Saint-Cyprien and Le Buisson-de-Cadouin, soak up the tranquillity of these serene lakes, ideal for meditation and restful reflection in the heart of nature.
● Vitrac beach: just a stone’s throw from your campsite with swimming pool in the Dordogne, enjoy this idyllic setting on the banks of the River Dordogne. You’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the cliff and the castle of Montfort.
● Groléjac lake: press the pause button and take it easy on the beach beside this gorgeous lake. In a word, relax!
● Tamniès lake: with its canoeing facilities, this is the perfect place to embark on exciting aquatic adventures and create precious memories.