Sightseeing in Dordogne

Nature, culture and gastronomy

Hardly anywhere else will you find a region steeped in so much history, so the Dordogne 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.

# Legendary castles, mysterious underground caves, beautiful cities and villages...

  • Saint Emilion : its vineyards, its cobbled streets and ancient buildings: it is a medieval village classed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
  • Bergerac : A lovely old port spread across both sides of the Dordogne river, Bergerac is also the centre of this wine-producing region, and offers the fine dining and excellent wines you would expect, together with wine and tobacco museums.
  • Château de Monbazillac with its renowned dessert wine
  • Sainte Foy-la-Grande – a 13th Century bastide town, its market selling local produce in its streets
Chateau de Bridoire
Château de Bridoire avec ses jeux médiévaux appréciés des familles
 Chateau de Monbazillac
Chateau de Monbazillac

# High quality local produce

Varying according to the seasons, market stalls display strawberries and nuts from Périgord, boletuses, black truffles, and produce made from duck or goose such as foie gras, all used to make delicious traditional dishes. Accompany them with local Bergerac wines - whether red, white or rosé - for an unforgettable gastronomic experience !

All days, a local market

  • Sunday : Issigeac
  • Monday : Duras
    (47) - à 20 mn du camping)
  • Tuesday : Eymet
    (marché nocturne)
  • Wenesday: Bergerac, Montpon, Saint Emilion (33)
  • Thursday : Libourne (33),
  • Friday : Ribérac,
    réputé depuis le Moyen-Âge
  • Saturday : Duras, Sainte Foy la Grande
Marché de Sainte Foy la Grande, l'un des 100 plus beaux de France

# Unwind in the heart of nature

Initiation à la marche nordique au camping de l'Etang de Bazange (Juillet 2014 - Photo F.Place)
Initiation à la marche nordique au camping de l'Etang de Bazange (Photo F.Place)
Les "jeunes" du camping en descendant la Dordogne (Photo F.Place)
Les Ados du camping en descendant la Dordogne (Photo F.Place)

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.