Thursday, 21 November 2019

Why Dordogne is Perfect for a Family Friendly Holiday

Set between Loire Valley and Pyrenees mountains in southwest France is Dordogne, a departement named after the river that runs through it. It's beautiful whatever season you decide to visit in, and it has lovely warm summers, making it an ideal holiday spot.

Even better, flights take less than two hours from the UK, which is always a consideration when you're travelling with young children. Plus, there's so much to do in Dordogne that can be enjoyed by all the family, whatever their age.

Here are my top three picks for a family friendly holiday in Dordogne:

1. Go to a Water Park

If you're planning to hire a car in Dordogne, I recommend making the trip to Aux Etangs du Bos, a huge water park with heated swimming pools, inflatables and mini slides that are suitable for kids of all ages.

It's just under an hour's drive away from the centre, but it's completely worth the journey as you'll probably spend the entire day there. As well as the pools, they have a theme park on-site with trampolines, bowling and 'bumper boats', the chance to hire a pedal boat or an electric boat, and even a place for fishing if that's what you're into!

2. Visit a Castle

Inquisitive minds, both young and old, will love a trip to Château de Castelnaud, which was built on a rocky outcrop in Périgord Noir. Not only is it a breath-taking medieval fortress but it also has a gorgeous panoramic view over the Dordogne Valley and a fascinating history that you can learn more about.  

Check out their packed programme for kids before you visit, which includes activities like archery, trying on 15th century armour, firing a trebuchet model and watching a blacksmith forge a sword. It's probably best to book these in advance though as it can get busy during the peak summer seasons and you won't want to miss out!

3. Experience the Great Outdoors by Camping

You can make your holiday to France even better by making it a camping trip, which means there will be other families with children to socialise with and loads of amenities right on your doorstep. There are plenty of spots near Dordogne if you're looking for camping holidays in France and the kids are sure to love spending more time in the great outdoors.
If you're looking for a holiday spot with young children, put Dordogne right to the top of your list. It's got nature, history, fun activities... in fact, there's loads to do for both adults and children alike, so you won't hear any "I'm bored" moans during the trip! Stress-free, warm weather and entertainment for all the family - what more could you want from a holiday?

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