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The unspoilt landscapes and varied scenery of the Périgord Noir offer the perfect backdrop for all sorts of outdoor activities. Discover the hidden beauty of the region by hiking, horse riding or mountain biking through the countryside. The Périgord Noir is also a region of rivers, with the majestic Dordogne and Vézère. The constant presence of water encourages other leisure pursuits, such as fishing, swimming and canoeing – or you may like to take a boat trip on a flat-bottomed gabarre, with magnificent views of our impressive châteaux guaranteed!
THE COUNTRYSIDE ACTIVITIES
On foot: In the Perigord there are almost 1130 km of GR footpaths. Amongst them is a section of the pilgrim road to Saint James, and the GR36 which winds along the prehistoric sites of the Vezere valley.
Another strong point is the 5600km of round circuits.
On bicycle: The majority of these paths are also open to mountain biking. For cycling amateurs, the Perigord offers over 2000km of cycle routes on 28 road circuits.
On horseback: There is plenty of open space for trying out horse riding or trekking. “Le Perigord à cheval” proposes to amateur horse riders a network of over 900 km of pathways, linking different inns waiting to welcome both riders and their horses.
Spend an unforgettable day in Périgord Noir and to go down the Dordogne or Vezere rivers.
A GOLFING DESTINATION
• Golf de la Marterie in Saint-Felix de Reilhac
Why not enjoy a family adventure in the shade of the ancient oaks of Perigord ?
• Air Parc Périgord, in Saint-Vincent-de-Cosse
• La Foret des Ecureuils, in Saint-Vincent-Le-Paluel
• Indian Forest in Carsac
LEISURE PARKS AND WATER PARKS
Cooling off in a specially built leisure park is a great day out for all the family – these leisure parks offer superb, refreshing activities for all.
Aux étangs du Bos : Leisure park in 7 hectares with fishing and swimming lakes, an aquapark, swimming pools, a 500m² skating rink, 4 water slides
Jacquou Parc : Attraction park with rides, swimming pools and an aquapark.
The International Centre of Prehistory (the PIP) at Les Eyzies proposes, during the school holidays, activities for the children: initiation into archeology, stories, hands on experiments, expositions…. For the winter holidays 2016, click here to see the program.
The Black Périgord is home to more than 60 prehistoric sites many of which are registered UNESCO sites, including a number of the decorated caves in the Vézère valley where homo sapien man took refuge. Many have been restored and you can learn in a more light-hearted fashion about the dawn of humanity.
Another of the Périgord Noir’s world famous sights is the renowned prehistoric cave at Lascaux, near Montignac, nicknamed the Sistine Chapel of the Prehistory. Today, the original being no longer open to the public, the site of Lascaux II is home to an exact replica of the original paintings created by our ancestors.
A concentration of celebrated sites is found at Les Eyzies de Tayac, where the town and many surrounding villages are rich in prehistoric treasures: paintings in the caves of Font de Gaume , Bara-Bahauor the etchings of Combarelles, of l’Abri de Poisson, or also of thecave of Rouffignac St Cernin
At the heart of this historic region,, the National Prehistoric Museum reflects an ongoing archeological expansion. Re opened in 2004, this museum has the largest Palaeolithic collection in France.
To find out more : www.pole-prehistoire.com