Activities in Black Perigord

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

Randonnée Dordogne

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.

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Spend an unforgettable day in Périgord Noir and to go down the Dordogne or Vezere rivers.

Take the time to relax on the beaches along the river , bathe, take unusual pictures, or to stop in one of the picturesque villages along the Dordogne.

 A GOLFING DESTINATION

The Périgord boasts no fewer than four courses with 18 holes or more, and three 9-hole courses, ensuring that golfers of all levels can enjoy their passion fgolf-1073465__180or the little white ball!

   • Golf de l’Olivarie and Golf de la Forge, in Siorac-en-Périgord

•  Golf de la Marterie in Saint-Felix de Reilhac

ADVENTURE CIRCUITS

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.

Prehistory in Perigord Black

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

Coming in Dordogne

BY PLANE

Bergerac airport : numerous daily flights connecting to major cities such as London, Edinburgh, and Amsterdam.

Brive airport : daily flights from London and Paris

International airports of Bordeaux and Toulouse, for easy access to the Dordogne region – only 2 hours drive.

routeBY CAR

Motorways :

–  A20 from Paris to Barcelona : exit at Souillac or at Brive
– A89 From Bordeaux to Lyon : exit at Périgueux

BY TRAIN

From Paris to Toulouse : stop at Brive (Corrèze) or Souillac (Lot). Bus connexion from Brive to Sarlat

From Paris to Agen : stop at Périgueux. Connexion by bus to Sarlat

From Bordeaux to Lyon : stop at Périgueux or at Brive railway stations

From Paris to Bordeaux : speed train to Libourne and local TER train from Libourne to Sarlat (crossing St Cyprien’s railway station)

You may find the SNCF website useful to plan your route.