Your vacations in the Dordogne and the Perigord Vert

Visits and Discoveries in the Green Perigord in the South West of France

Located in the South West of France, in the North of the Dordogne, the Green Perigord, country of the Nontronnais and the Dronne Valley, with its Natural Park Périgord-Limousin, constitutes a true green hilly case and furrowed by a multitude of brooks appreciated by the trout fishermen.

During your stay in the Périgord, many outdoor activities are also available such as hiking, mountain biking, go-karting, canoeing/kayaking, etc.

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In the vast forests of chestnut trees, you can still see the huts of the hardwood workers who cut the branches of the chestnut tree into thin strips for the preparation of mushroom baskets.

The Bandiat, the high valleys of the Isle and the Auvézère, cross this country which extends from Lanouaille to La Roche-Chalais while passing by St-Aulaye, Nontron (capital of the knife, the green Périgord was famous for its forges), Brantôme, Bourdeilles, Montpon-Ménestérol and Ribérac. It is the country of a neat polyculture with a clearly dominant orientation for the breeding.

Among the remarkable tourist sites of the Périgord Vert, Brantôme and its abbey, Bourdeilles and its two castles, one feudal, the other renaissance, the decorated cave of Villars, the castle of Puyguilhem. Find the different castles of the Dordogne and enjoy instructive visits.

You will also be able to contemplate fabulous natural sites such as caves, chasms and troglodyte routes.

Outdoor gastronomic activities in the Périgord in Aquitaine

Visits to the vineyards of the South West

Pomerol, Montagne Saint Emillion, Puisseguin, Lalande, Lussac, the Côtes de Castillon and not forgetting the village of Saint Émilion which should not be missed.

Visits of the producers of the Périgord

The foie gras, the truffles, the strawberries of Périgord…

A country that exudes well-being and tradition!

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Les croisières de Brantôme

camping

Camping le Paradou 4 stars

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Park of the double-originals

Castles & Abbeys

Castles of Bourdeilles

Castles & Abbeys

Castle Puyguilhem

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Association motoculture

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Canoë et kayak

Castles & Abbeys

Abbey of Brantôme

Wines & Terroir

Lalande

Local merchants

Potier

Local merchants

Textile factory

Wines & Terroir

Puisseguin

Wines & Terroir

Côtes de Castillon

Wines & Terroir

The village of Saint Emilion

Discovery

Grottes de Villard

Wines & Terroir

Local merchants

Argan beauty

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Canoeing and kayaking

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Canoeing and kayaking from St-Aulaye

Entertainment

The blue angel

Discovery

Green Perigord

Wines & Terroir

Old Mougnac Castle

Wines & Terroir

Lussac

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Regional Nature Park

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Canoe kayak departure Bonnes

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Circuit of high Saintonge

Wines & Terroir

Saint Emilion Mountain

Le Paradou is located in the Perigord Vert

We are in the Dordogne, bordering the Charente, the Charente Maritime and the Gironde.

We are in a region where we have many historical monuments, classified villages, farmers’ markets and night markets, visits to wine production, vineyards, visits to foie gras farms……

For sports lovers, we have a car circuit, canoeing/kayaking, hiking trails nearby …..

And for relaxation, you have the Le Paradou campsite with its swimming lake, its beach with fine sand, its fishing pond and its playground.

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Department of the Dordogne

Parcoul and its potter, its canoe kayak rides and its mountain bike, VTC and pedestrian rides on the routes. Bergerac, historical city, its vineyards and its tobacco museum. Perigueux capital of the Dordogne. Ribérac capital of foie gras with its market on Friday and the circuit of the Romanesque churches in the surroundings. Saint Aulaye visit the ecomuseum of cognac, pineau and wine and its castles, XIIIth century bastide, VIIIth century bridge and XIth century church. Brantome, the Venice of Perigord with its cruises to discover its abbey. Cave of Lascaux to visit. Bourdeilles and its castle. Montbazillac and its castle.

Sainte Foy la Grande and its fortified town. Montcaret and its Gallo-Roman ruins. Sorges capital of truffles. Monpazier and its fortified town. Nontron and its cutlery. Issigeac and its glassblower. Echourgnac and its monastery.

Peat bog of Vendoire, natural environment. Hautefort with its castle and its gardens. Villard and its cave. Saint Martial d’Artenset with its barges at the Duellas mill, the Raymondeau deer park and the ice cream farm with its tastings on site or to take away. Junilhac and its castle with its garden. La Roche Chalais with its equestrian center and its gardens. Saint Privast des prés and its museums of models, tools and village life. Saint Astier and its lime factory and its stone sculptor. Paussac Saint Vivien and its branch.

Montpon Ménestérol and the Roc branland. Vanxians and foie gras manufacture and visit. Saint-Germain-de-Salembre and its biscuit maker.

Department of the Gironde

Saint Emilion picturesque city. Castillon la Bataille, the history of the battle. Saint André de Cubzac and its castle. Bourg, the castle of the citadel. Plassac Gallo-Roman village. Blaye and its citadel. Guitres with its Benedictine abbey. Coutras, its Romanesque church and its canoe kayak. Abzac and its exagonal dovecote.

Montagne, its wine house and its vineyard to visit. Branne and its mill. Pouillac, a prestigious wine estate. Civrac de Blaye and its ancient vineyard museum. Blasimon and its Abbey. Bordeaux, capital of the Gironde. Vayres and its castle. Puisseguin and its underground monoliths.

Cadaujac and its exotic farm. Saint Antoine sur l’Isles and its half-timbered castle. Lussac and its vineyards. Saint Sulpice de Faleyrens and its vineyard. Gaugiaguet and its cabaret l’ange bleu.

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Department of Charente

Chalais and its Renaissance castle. Angoulême fortified city. Barbezieux and its castle. Aubeterre picturesque city and its church under ground. Bessac and its windmill. Mainfonts and its hot air balloons. Chillac and its castle. Lamerac and its pineau and cognac museum. Chantillac and its mill. Montmoreau and its castle.

Department of Charente Maritime

Palmyra and its zoo. La Génétouze and its automobile circuit of the Haute-Saintonge. Saint Georges de Didonne and its estuary park. La Chapelle des Pots pottery village and its museum. Saint Dizant du Gua and its castle of the VXth century. Jonzac and its castle, Cultural Center, Mill Museum and Aquatic Museum. Saint Sauvant and its medieval garden. Clerac and its Museum of Crafts and its popular tradition. Montlieu la Garde and its house of the forest. Pons and its Keep. Monguyon and its castle. Royan and its lighthouse. Montendre and its castle. Montaigu sur Gironde and its postcard museum.

Discover the Dordogne

Located in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, the Dordogne valley is a French territory with multiple assets. From medieval castles to prehistoric caves and culinary arts, this department has everything to please you. Covering an area of 9,060 km², the Dordogne is home to numerous vineyards, hills, and meadows, all of which present a landscape in keeping with nature.

If you are visiting the area, you have the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities and visit beautiful places where vegetation abounds. Vacations in the Dordogne are often synonymous with pleasure and discovery.

  • Hiking
  • Canoe trip
  • Fishing at the water’s edge
  • Sports activities

The Paradou campsite in the Dordogne in the Périgord Vert

If you are looking for a place to stay in this part of France, choose the 4 star Paradou campsite in the Dordogne. Located on a 27 hectare area, this vacation village guarantees the best conditions to make your stay pleasant. The Paradou campsite has 100 pitches for caravans, tents and motor homes. Moreover, its mobile homes are equipped and adapted to all budgets. The establishment is located 1 km from the river Dronne and 100 m from a playground that gives access to the beach. This is undoubtedly one of the main advantages of the location of Camping Paradou.

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This family establishment also has a water park with a beach, swimming pond and slide. The Périgord Vert campsite also has a heated and covered swimming pool, ideal for relaxing and enjoying swimming in all seasons. Moreover, it should be noted that our campsite is open all year round and offers entertainment for young and old. From the mini-club to the dance evenings and the thematic workshops, the Paradou campsite is the best establishment for a family vacation.

The Dordogne and its four Perigords

One of the main features you should know about the Dordogne department is that it is subdivided into four Périgord. In fact, this term corresponds to the old name of the department and dates from the Roman period. These are the green Périgord, the white Périgord, the black Périgord and the purple Périgord.

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The Green Perigord

The Green Perigord represents the “lung” of the Dordogne and is located in the northern and western part of the department. This area is so called because of its plains, its abundant vegetation and the beauty of its landscape. One of the reasons why the Green Perigord is among the most popular of the four is the omnipresence of nature in the Dordogne. You can go for a walk in fabulous sites such as the Parc Naturel Régional Périgord-Limousin or go to discover an impressive fauna and flora in the surroundings. Our 4 star campsite in the Green Perigord awaits you for a dream stay in this little corner of paradise in France.

In addition, this area has some unmissable villages such as Brantôme, considered to be the “Venice of the Périgord”. Don’t miss a visit to the village of Saint-Jean-de-Côle, a medieval town listed among the most beautiful villages in France. Moreover, it is in the green Périgord that you will find the best campsite in the Dordogne which will offer you the calm and especially the typical conviviality of the land.

The White Perigord

The White Périgord symbolizes the administrative and economic heart of the Dordogne. It is located in the center of the region and owes its name to the color of the limestone, soil and rock. You can visit the Cathedral of Saint Font de Périgueux or admire the medieval and Renaissance style houses. In addition, the White Périgord is an ideal destination for music and art lovers, as it is home to Montpon-Ménestérol, the organ capital of Aquitaine.

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The Black Perigord

The color assigned to this part refers to the dark and dense foliage present on the territory. The Périgord Noir is located in the south of the Dordogne and offers visitors a splendid landscape of cliffs and rivers. Considered as the world capital of prehistory, do not hesitate to visit Sarlat, city of art and history. In addition, it should be noted that most of the sites in the Périgord Noir are classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Purple Perigord

Between vineyards and magnificent architecture, the Purple Périgord has nothing to envy to the previous ones. Rich of a great landscape and cultural diversity, it owes its appellation to the famous vineyards on its soil. If you are a wine enthusiast, then you must visit this part of the city to enjoy a tasting worthy of the name.

Activities in Dordogne

If you are wondering what to do in the Dordogne valley and its department, you have several possibilities. You can practice hiking, water sports and outdoor activities. In addition, you will be spoiled for choice among a non-exhaustive list of must-see places to visit.

The hike

In the Dordogne, the hiking paradise, you can walk along the many hiking trails (or GR) and paths that crisscross the region. Whether it is for sport or for a family walk, you will have the opportunity to discover the rivers, forests and beautiful landscapes! You have for example the choice between the circuit of Paussac, that of Mareuil-en-Périgord or the 7 km of the loop of the pas de la Mignonne in Excideuil. It is up to you to choose the path you wish to take according to your desires and needs.

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Water and outdoor activities

Enjoy breathtaking canoeing on the clear water of the Dordogne Valley and other nearby rivers. These are great for swimming and ideal for water adventures. You have the possibility to relax on one of the 21 natural beaches of the Dordogne. Among others, that of Caudon, Fayrac, Castelnaud or the Pont de Vitrac. The beautiful sandy beaches of this region are perfect for quiet naps or picnics with a welcome breath of fresh air.

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The Dordogne River is the only one in the country to be classified as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. For those who love strong sensations, they can climb the rocky walls of the via ferrata or soar over the Dordogne in a hot air balloon, glider or paraglider. One of the major activities is undoubtedly canoeing, but other boats such as the gabarre are also very popular. Many places along the water are suitable for the practice of the gabarre or the canoe, to you to find the best spot!

Places not to be missed

If you are passing through, one of the sites you must visit is the cave of Lascaux. Classified as a historical monument, Lascaux is a remarkable place, particularly because of the conditions of conservation of the mural figures, including bulls, horses, deer and symbols. You should also visit the Chateau de Castelnaud, the Chateau de Beynac or Commarque.

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Moreover, the castles of the Périgord are legion and attract each year the curious. We can mention Jumilhac Puyguilhem, Mareuil, Bourdeilles etc. In this ancient universe how can we not mention the famous Abbey of Brantôme or that of Boschaud.

Finally, a large number of natural sites are located near the campsite in the Green Perigord such as the Villars Cave, Beaussac Cave or the Auvézère gorges.