Canoe Trips On The Dordogne
Say Dordogne to most people and chances are they instantly think of leisurely paddling downstream through dappled sunlight and surrounded by nature. Most guests here at Dordogne Holiday Barns come to canoe the Dordogne, or at least enjoy a few hours paddling about on this magical river.
Canoe The Dordogne – Short Trips
Most people will enjoy anything from a few hours to an entire day on the river. An excellent way to travel and soak up the local environment, day trips generally vary from 9km (2hrs) to 25km (5-6hrs).
Probably the most popular day trip for people staying with us here is a 16km paddle from Carsac to Laroque-Gageac. You will spend roughly 3-4hrs on the water and take in the sights of Vitrac, Cénac and Domme as well as some spectacular cliffs.
Canoe The Dordogne – Overnight Trips
More adventurous souls are tempted by overnight canoe trips on the Dordogne. Tour operators can transport you and all the equipment you will require up stream as far as Argentat (over 125km away) and let you descend the river at your own pace.
There are plenty of riverside campsites en-route and booking is not necessary. You can simply land, pitch up and enjoy a night under the stars.
As a rule of thumb you will expect to cover about 20km in a day and so you can plan your trip accordingly. The CanoeVacances website is a good place to start researching and planning your trip.
Canoe The Dordogne – Eye Witness
To get a true flavour of what the Dordogne can offer read this piece in the New York Times from Christopher Shaw. It gives nice insights into what’s on offer and some handy tips for those who have not ventured on the river before.
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Domme – A Little History
Domme was, like so many towns along the Dordogne, founded on un-inviting sheer cliffs primarily to keep invaders at bay. Two main public places – Place de la Halle and the Place de La Rode – preserve the telling signs of the medieval origins of Domme.
Domme has been the site of bitter disputes throughout history, most notably during the 100 years war and the wars of religion.
Domme – Plus Beaux Villages de France
Domme is now classified as one of the plus beaux villages de France. Here is what they have to say:
“Some ten kilometres south of Sarlat, Domme is perched on a breathtakingly high cliff that allows it to enjoy an exceptional view of the Dordogne valley and the neighbouring Most Beautiful Villages of La Roque-Gageac and Beynac-et-Cazenac. This creamy-stoned “bastide” or fortified village boasts a successful combination of architectural, natural and gastronomic heritage typical of Périgord Noir.”
Domme – Restaurants and Cafés
A trip to Domme should undoubtedly be rounded off with lunch or dinner. There are plenty of stylish cafés and restaurants to choose from such as Cabanoix et Chataîgne, a traditional place with nice, modern twists. They offer good value food with a strong emphasis on local produce ‘selon le marché’, which translates literally as according to the market.
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