1. Follow safety and hygiene guidelines
We keep repeating it but following safety and hygiene rules is the best way to stay safe on your holidays in Dordogne: keep a distance of 2 metres, wash your hands and wear a mask (or cover your nose and mouth). Try not to touch your face as well... we know, easier said than done!
2. Trust local businesses
Not only are businesses in Dordogne putting strict safety and hygiene measures in place but they've also made cancellations much more flexible. This means that, if for any reason you're forced to cancel your holiday, you'll probably be given a full refund. Look out for our Covid-Proof Booking symbol when booking your accommodation and your activities on our site.
3. Avoid the crowds
The easiest way to comply with social distancing is to avoid crowds altogether. We've got a few strategies to help you with that like, for example, booking a whole villa or an entire apartment instead of a hotel room, that way you can prevent bumping into other guests during your stay. Or perhaps chartering a private yacht would be more up your alley? Sailing the seas seems like a pretty good way of social distancing.
After weeks of confinement, being outdoors, breathing fresh air and feeling the sun's warmth on our skin is just what we need. In SeeDordogne.com, you can also opt for private activities and tours instead of group ones, such as embarking on a private boat trip or hiring a boat and booking individual scooter or jeep tours instead of coach tours. You can even explore Dordogne on a bike or on horseback, book a private guide for your hiking or sightseeing trip and visit the local vineyards to taste their wine. Scientists are actually testing whether heat and UV radiation in sunlight might affect the SARS-CoV-2 virus, two things which are plentiful in Dordogne in the summer – just remember to lather up with sunscreen!
4. Book early
Limitations regarding the amount of people that businesses can welcome or the crowds that events can gather are being enforced. That's why, now more than ever, we recommend you book early. This will ensure you get the best table on the trendiest restaurant's outside terrace in Dordogne!
5. Get off the beaten path
Another great strategy to avoid the crowds and to discover the hidden gems in Dordogne along the way is to visit its lesser-known places. Dordogne is full of charming towns and villages nestled deep in its rugged coastline and the surrounding hills. Many of these small villages are still no more than 15 minutes away from the nearest beach or lake but they have very few inhabitants and even fewer visitors. This is where the real Dordogne resides, you'll get to mingle with the locals at the weekly markets and enjoy the local wine at the town square cafes. These small towns are also a great base to go hiking, cycling or mountain biking.
Dordogne even has a few charming secluded coves, far from the hustle and bustle of the most popular beach resorts where you can relax and go snorkelling in the most amazing turquoise waters. Culture vultures will appreciate the dozens of Roman ruins, medieval churches, country manors, small museums and art galleries scattered across the area.
6. Entertain at yours
Celebrations aren't off the table this summer in Dordogne. However, instead of booking a restaurant or a beach club, why not ask a catering company to bring the party to you? Private villas, apartments and boats make for great venues and Dordogne has an excellent selection of catering companies ranging from Michelin-starred private chefs to mobile food trucks providing the best street grub from your own private garden.
7. Drive to Dordogne
Maintaining social distancing on planes and trains can be quite tricky, so why not drive to Dordogne? We know that cars aren't great for the environment but their carbon footprint is much lower than that of planes with studies suggesting that flights emit around 133g of carbon dioxide per person while a diesel car carrying four passengers emits only 43gr per person.
8. Come during the off-season
This is our ultimate piece of advice: avoid the high season and move your holidays to the autumn. Autumn in Dordogne is actually an extension of summer thanks to the warm temperatures and wonderfully sunny days. With temperatures usually hovering around 20ºC, you can most definitely still enjoy the empty beaches in September and October in Dordogne while cheaper prices will just be the cherry on the cake.