The food, wine and idyllic lifestyle of Dordogne’s villages have long appealed to British holiday makers. Almost everything you could possibly want from a French holiday - beautiful chateaux, picturesque countryside, vineyards, rivers, gorgeous hilltop towns and traditional French gastronomy is available. There might not be a traditional seaside here, but there are rivers and lakes with beaches, waterfalls and waterparks and even canyoning is possible.
There’s a plethora of pretty villages and towns including Beynac, La Roque Gageac and UNESCO World heritage listed Sarlat, with its wonderfully preserved medieval centre. Each year around a million and a half visitors and pilgrims flock to Rocamadour, a town built on a cliff, its houses and churches clinging to the rocks.
This region has plenty to keep visitors happy and is popular with families, couples and groups with lots of activities on offer from chateau hopping to hot air ballooning, hiking, cycling, prehistoric caves to visit, water sports and foodie events galore.
It’s pretty much an all year-round destination, though more popular from spring through autumn, and major events take place each month. With 191 sites and monuments, 15 UNESCO World Heritage-listed prehistoric sites, 71 museums, 33 equestrian centres, 7 affiliated golf courses and a whole lot more – there’s plenty to tempt visitors to stay and play. The area is also home to the largest number of listed villages in France.
With around 3 million tourists visiting each year, there are plenty of business opportunities for the owners of the 4,506 listed gites and 1921 listed B&Bs in the Dordogne. And the chances are your property is near at least one major site, event, gorgeous location or brilliant activity.
With “slow travel” growing ever more popular, Dordogne ticks all the boxes for those holiday makers who want to immerse themselves in beautiful surroundings, not rush about to take in as many sites as possible, but instead enjoy local traditions, attractions and gastronomy to create an authentic experience.
For families who want a more active holiday, Dordogne is hard to beat – even for those who want a beach break. Not the sort of beach where towel to towel tourists and tacky souvenirs are evident, here, the lake beaches are more natural and rugged, never too far from other attractions, uncrowded and fabulously refreshing.
If you’re updating your listing on our website, looking for information to post on your social media pages about what’s on, or putting together guides for guests so that they can enjoy the best of the area, you might find the 260 page catalogue put together by the Dordogne-Perigord tourist board is a handy source of information. It lists all the major attractions and events, as well as promotional themes such as hiking, water sports, arts, culture, gastronomy and more: https://www.dordogne-perigord-tourisme.fr/SalesManual-HtmlEN/SalesManualEN2017/files/assets/common/downloads/publication.pdf