Activities in Dordogne

Sporting Activities


The River Dordogne is pristine, being the only one in France labelled as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.  Canoeing along the river is very popular and can be fun (and safe) for the whole family.  It provides an unrivalled way to see the different variety of the Dordogne landscape, from the majestic limestone cliffs to the pebble beaches further downstream that can be accessed easily from canoes.  History flows by, be it fortified villages, medieval fortresses or quaint hamlets. 

There are loads of well-run canoeing outfits located along the Dordogne.  We have worked with Randonnee Dordogne for many years and can arrange canoe hire for holidaymakers with them from their bases in Carsac and Cenac.  However, several other operators in the area provide a drop-off and pick-up service later down river, so you don’t have to paddle against the current to get home!

River Swimming

If you’re interested in river swimming, there is access to the River Dordogne at the bridge at nearby Rouffillac.  We also know of several other, quieter places, so please ask.  For lake swimming there is a man-made lake at Grolejac, some 15 minutes from Carlux. It has beaches, swimming, boating and (by pre-arrangement) angling.  

Bike Hire

Bikes can be hired locally, there are two bike operators located at Rouffillac, next to the cycle path where bikes can be hired for weekly, daily and for half day.  Alternative bike hire companies are located in Sarlat.  

The tracks and trails that criss-cross the Dordogne Valley divide into short circular walks, day walks and extensive hikes that are spread over days.  There are some good walks around local towns like Carsac, Domme, Montfort, Vitrac, Roque-Gageac and Beynac.  All offer varying levels of difficulty, so hikers can construct their own personalised itinerary, creating the perfect hiking holiday.

Passerelle, Saint-Louis-en-l'Isle

The cycle track follows the old railway line which runs between Sarlat and Souillac for approx 25km. It provides a safe and flat route along the Dordogne valley for cycling and walking.

Other activities

There is a Water Park and Municipal Swimming pool in Souillac.

You will find information on some of the attractions of this region on this site. For further information the Sarlat Tourist Office can be contacted also or by phone on 05 53 31 45 45.

Plage de la Siauve, Lac de Bort-les-Orgues-1386

Activities in Dordogne

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