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Destination guide

Quintessential France in the Dordogne

The Dordogne might just be the distillation of all things France means to visitors. Lily-padded rivers flow past its soaring bastide towns. Vineyards roll away into the distance. Ivy-clad farmhouses crumble in the chestnut-spotted landscapes. It's hardly a surprise that people have been flocking to Dordogne holiday rentals for so long, eager to get a taste of the country's rustic, untouched and traditional side. Throw in some mind-boggling cave systems, historic cities like Perigueux, canoe adventures, hiking and countless chateaux worthy of the camera lens, and the region can only get even more enticing.

Things to do

Going way back in the Dordogne

Gorgeous bastide towns like Domme and the multi-domed churches of mighty Perigueux are all capable of evoking a France of a different era. But there's really nowhere in the country that can take you as far back into human history as the cave systems of the UNESCO-tagged Vezere Valley. The best is at Lascaux, where a complete replica of underground grottoes reveals fascinating cave art and murals of hunts, all thought to have been drawn as many as 17,000 years ago.

Activities

Venturing into Dordogne country

Dordogne holiday rentals are all about getting out and into the rustic French countryside. You can discover hearty farmhouses with pools in the garden. You can bag gites that line the riverside and spill down to canoe docks under the cliffs. You can head out to ride horses through the meadows or go on cooking adventures with local chefs. Trips to medieval hill towns and tours of enthralling prehistoric cave systems can also fill the days, while the region's famous vineyards are never too far away.

Weather

A very French summer in the Dordogne

The Dordogne shines with the summer months of June, July and August. Visitors flock from all around to stroll its hilltop towns and drift down the courses of the Dordogne River. This is certainly the best time to seek out Dordogne holiday rentals with a pool – think daily temperatures in the high 20 and plenty of sun to boot. Trips in spring and autumn, months like May and September, might be better if you want to dodge the crowds at major sites like the Vezere Valley and Perigueux.

Natural features

Dordogne is bucolic France at its finest

The Dordogne is a picture of rural French beauty. Swathes of rolling countryside encompass sunflower fields and vineyards and horse farms. There are forests of chestnut and oak that spill down the soft hills. There are high bluffs, now crowned by the occasional bastide from the 12th century. And there are caves, running for miles and miles underground. The defining feature of the region surely has to be the Dordogne River though. Its namesake, it meanders through its very heart, hosting canoers and carving cliffs and channels through the landscape.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Dordogne

The nearest airport is in Perigueux (PGX), located 7.2 mi (11.6 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Bergerac (EGC-Bergerac - Perigord - Dordogne), which is 22.5 mi (36.2 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Niversac Station, Saint-Pierre-de-Chignac Station and Les Versannes Station are the main stations that serve the city.

How many holiday rentals are available around Dordogne?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 6,788 holiday lettings around Dordogne. From 990 cottages to 480 villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Dordogne?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Dordogne. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Sarlat-la-Canéda: 2,056 holiday homes
  • Bergerac: 646 holiday homes
  • Domme: 1,608 holiday homes
  • La Douze: 573 holiday homes
  • Coulaures: 314 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Dordogne! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Dordogne?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Dordogne with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Sarlat-la-Canéda: 2,056 holiday lettings
  • Bergerac: 646 holiday lettings
  • Domme: 1,608 holiday lettings
  • La Douze: 573 holiday lettings
  • Coulaures: 314 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Dordogne?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Dordogne are:

  • Sarlat-la-Caneda (XSL-Aerodrome de Sarlat): 2,858 self catering accommodations
  • Roumaniere Airport (EGC): 1,344 self catering accommodations
  • Bassillac Airport (PGX): 1,090 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Dordogne?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Dordogne. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Bergerac Maison des Vins: 1,315 holiday rentals
  • Brantome Abbey: 726 holiday rentals
  • Sarlat Station: 3,017 holiday rentals
  • Chateau des Milandes: 3,136 holiday rentals
  • Chateau des Vigiers Golf Course: 1,171 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Dordogne listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around Dordogne

Sarlat-la-Canéda
2,056 holiday rentals
Bergerac
646 holiday rentals
Domme
1,608 holiday rentals
La Douze
573 holiday rentals
Coulaures
314 holiday rentals
Daglan
1,471 holiday rentals
Mialet
239 holiday rentals
Eymet
450 holiday rentals
Bonneville-et-St-Avit-de-Fumadières
336 holiday rentals
St-Félix-de-Reillac-et-Mortemart
646 holiday rentals
Trémolat
867 holiday rentals
Saint-Germain-de-Belvès
1,145 holiday rentals
Savignac-les-Églises
356 holiday rentals
Mussidan
145 holiday rentals
La Chapelle-Grésignac
282 holiday rentals
Dussac
253 holiday rentals
Cunèges
457 holiday rentals
Saint-Vincent-le-Paluel
1,543 holiday rentals
Coux-et-Bigaroque
1,159 holiday rentals
Servanches
185 holiday rentals