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Canoeing Holidays in France
The Dordogne River is one of France’s most famous rivers. Its width and calm water makes it perfect for beginners and families and offers great sightseeing en route.
There is no better way to see the Dordogne River and its banks close-up than by canoeing along its waters. Several canoe hire operators, mainly between Souillac and Limeuil, offer a package that kits you out with canoe, paddle, life vest and waterproof container, together with transport that buses you upstream so that you can paddle down at your own leisurely or lively pace.
Normandy is a great place to visit for a canoeing vacation. Sights to see include Mont St Michel, the D-Day landing beaches and the Bayeux tapestry.
The hot spot for water sports in Normandy is Granville. Granville is home to La “Haute Ville”, a picturesque fortified old town with its church of Notre-Dame and 15-18th century houses. It is also home to the region's water sports centre. The water sports centre has two sites, one in the heart of Granville, surrounded by the marina and the Herel beach, and the other at the beach at Jullouville.
A favourite place to canoe in France is along the Ardeche River and this is the perfect environment for beginners to learn canoeing. With a dramatic gorge 300m deep, it boasts stunning scenery and is littered with fun packed Grade II/III rapids. Early to mid May sees the best water levels as the river becomes shallow in the heat of the summer.
Direct links to great holiday properties
Two, 2 bedroom apartments. They differ in size and layout, but both equally inviting near the historic market town of Castillon-la-Bataille, France. View property
A Romantic retreat for couples and wine lovers. Summer or winter are equally enjoyable for all the activities and culture that makes our region unique. A dip in the swimming pool, walk or bike ride to work up an appetitite. A BBQ after. Magnifique! View property
The gite is a recently converted stone barn in a rural setting, in a hamlet on a lane off the road from Redon to Malestroit, halfway between the villages of St Vincent-sur-Oust (2.8km) and Peillac(4km), both villages have restaurants, shops and bars. View property
This pretty holiday home is set in the beautiful region of South West France, the magical and mysterious Dordogne Valley. The gite is spacious and furnished to a very high standard. View property