A Guide to Summer Activities in Dordogne
Whatever you choose to do on your summer holiday you are sure to find a huge range of activities across the Dordogne area.
From relaxing to full on adrenaline there is something for everyone, every ability and every age in Dordogne. Check out the selection of things below for some holiday inspiration!
Enjoy a number of cycling trails and routes in Dordogne and what better way to explore Dordogne than on a bike when you can enjoy the beautiful scenery. Have a look at our cycling guide for more information and explore the cycling routes that are in the area. If you are in Dordogne without your biking gear there are a number of cycle hire shops in who rent and sell bikes, gear and more.
Also see: Cycling in Dordogne
Excellent courses and beautiful scenery across the entire Dordogne region, make this a perfect place for a round of golf. There are also a number of golf specialist hotels and resorts that you stay in if a holiday filled with golfing is what you are looking for!
Horse ride through the nature reserves, forests, vineyards and along the beautiful rive of the Dordogne is the perfect way to explore the area. Dordogne and the surrounding area is an attractive destination for horse riding, trekking & lessons.
Kayaking is a fun watersport that can be enjoyed as a team or on your own. Unlike canoeing, paddlers face forward and have a double bladed paddle. It is a versatile sport that you can enjoy on rivers, lakes and the sea.
You can take your inflatable or plastic kayak and make your way down the water. Using the double bladed paddle you can control the speed, direction and enjoy the experience and wonderful views in your own time. There are some watersports centres who can take you out for your kayaking experience.
Explore and discover the best markets and shopping in Dordogne! A dream for any sort of shopper and in all the villages dotted around you are sure to stumble across some fantastic shopping. The markets in Dordogne are also something not to be missed, explore the many stalls and purchase anything from local food to nicnacs and souvenirs.
Also see: Markets in Dordogne
Mountain biking is a challenging and fun activity whether you are an experienced biker or new to the sport it has something to offer everyone. If you are new to mountain biking let a guide take you out for the day and show you the ropes. If you are experienced then seek out the best routes and explore the countryside on the rooty and rocky tracks.
Also see: Mountain Biking in Dordogne
Nature Reserves & Parks
Heading to a Nature Reserve you can explore all the beautiful wildlife and soak up all the beautiful scenery. Take a walk around the park, spot the unusual wildlife or even do a spot of birdwatching. There are a number of wonderful nature reserves in Dordogne that you can explore.
Also see: Nature Parks in Dordogne
Try an adventure playground or a theme park for a day of family fun. There are a number of adventure playground and theme parks, where both adults and children can play for hours. Head to our theme parks page to find out more and get your adventure started.
Tree-top / Forest adventures
Swing through the trees high above the forest floor on a circuit of zip lines, monkey bridges, ladders and ropes. You can travel through the forest without touching the floor, safely strapped into a harness and attached to a secure safety line. These eco-friendly adventure parks are created around the trees without damaging them in any way and can be dismantled if necessary, leaving the forest as though untouched.
Tree-top adventures can be fun for both adults and kids and with most courses having a few options of varying difficulty anyone can participate in the tree swinging fun. Check out where you can enjoy a tree-top adventure on our theme parks page.
Walking & Hiking
The hilly trails take you through the many hill top villages and banked vineyards of the region and are a great way to explore the terrain inland and the many medieval villages and vineyards that are dotted around the countryside.
Also see: Walking Routes in Dordogne
Wine-tasting & vineyard tours
Take a tour around one of the beautiful vineyards in [resname]. Taste the carefully made wines, learn more about them, the grapes and the wine making process whilst enjoying the wonderful vineyard scenery.