Dordogne Valley, FranceLeisure Activities Dordogne Valley, France

Local Outdoor Activities

  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hot-Air Ballooning
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Potholing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Tennis

Apart from its natural beauty and historic wonders (Sightseeing) the Dordogne offers a wealth of outdoor activities and leisure pursuits.

Canoeing in the Dordogne

With the Dordogne river at the heart of the region, a number of canoe operators provide all equipment and will drop you off upstream so you can leisurely canoe down river through villages and beautiful countryside.


If golf is your passion, there is a superb 18 hole golf-course near the holiday cottages, with excellent greens and tree-lined fairways. If you don't wish to bring your golf clubs etc. on the plane with you, everything you need to enjoy a game or two of golf in the Dordogne is available for hire.

Walking and Cycling

A visit to the Dordogne offers walkers of all abilities the chance to explore the beauty and wilderness of the countryside as hundreds of marked walks are available (including the famous GR 46 route). You can also hire bicycles in Souillac (15kms from our holiday cottages). If you’re feeling adventurous you can even see the world from above on a hot air balloon flight.

French and English owners Cécile and Sean live at Laborie and are able to recommend everything from sightseeing to leisure activities and restaurants.

Family Friendly- Activities for children

The Dordogne valley is also a fantastic family friendly area, full of fun leisure activities for kids. They can canoe or swim in the river, which is quite safe and shallow in the summer months. For kids in need of thrills, they can splash in a waterpark with water slides, swimming pools, trampolines and bouncy castles in Quercyland (15 kms from our holiday accommodation). Or they can go tree climbing in La foret des Ecureuils where they can jump from tree to tree and dangle from a flying fox 40 feet above the ground!

There are also many caves to explore, such as Gouffre de Padirac where you take a boat ride on an underground river or Lascaux, where you can see some of the world’s most significant prehistoric paintings.

If you want to step back into more recent history, the fortified castle of Beynac with its museum of ancient warfare is the place to visit. It was once the scene of bitter fighting but now looms over the narrow streets of a medieval village on a bend in the river Dordogne.

You can also feed monkeys in La Foret des Singes or encounter rare species of eagles in Le Rocher des Aigles in a breathtaking show where eagles and condors are let free high above the Alzou canyon then nosedive towards you.

All of these leisure activities, and more, are very close by - so no one will get bored in the car!

Canoeing on the Dordogne
Lunch overlooking the Dordogne River Historic Pilgrimage Site French Markets Sarlat in Perigord Playing in the Dordogne River