A yurt holiday in the Dordogne
Spend a few minutes now exploring some of the many attractions that make the Périgord one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
All you’ll need to do then is decide whether your Dordogne yurt holiday will be one week or two.
Over 1,000 chateaux to visit
You could spend your retreat visiting some of over 1,000 chateaux in the region. Lanquais (pictured) is only a short distance from écovallée. To the east is Beynac, which was briefly home to Richard I. Near there is Milandes, the former home of Josephine Baker, and Castelnaud, with a museum of medieval warfare that includes full-size trebuchets. South of Bergerac, the chateau of games at Bridoire gives your inner child the chance to experience medieval entertainment, and Monbazillac and Tiregand are among dozens of vineyards to visit.
Beautiful villages and towns
The abbey village of Cadouin is another must see during your Dordogne yurt holiday – and home to one of the best medieval festivals. Limeuil, with its picturesque bridges, river beach and panoramic garden also can’t be missed. Domme is a village that has it all: historic beauty, a wonderful cave and a spectacular view. La Roque-Gageac proves you can carve a spectacular village out of the cliffs overlooking the river. Just down the road, Beynac-et-Cazenac was once home of Richard I and was featured in films like Chocolat and Joan of Arc. At the Sunday market in Issigeac, you feel like you’re walking though a Shakespearean set. And Sarlat has an old town to rival Bergerac. Every time you go out in the car will be one jaw-dropping experience after another.
Caves and prehistoric paintings
The world-famous Lascaux II is only 45 minutes away. Closer to écovallée you have the “Crystal Cathedral” of Proumeyssac, and Maxange, which was only recently discovered. Further afield, Villars has both impressive rock formations and prehistoric human-made art, and in Rouffignac you can take an underground train through an art gallery that is over 15,000 years old.
Established in the late 13th-Century by the English, the fortified towns of Lalinde, Beaumont, Monpazier and Molières are well worth a visit. Even if it’s just on market day. They all have large central squares where you can find coffee or lunch, and bask in the sunshine and history of a region that was once a part of England.
Museums with guns
The museum at Castelnaud has a terrifying selection of medieval guns, trebuchets, armour, and actors in costume during the summer months. In La Roc Saint-Christophe you can explore a natural fort that was occupied until 1588. The blood-chilling torture chamber at La Maison Forte de Reignac is not for the fainthearted. But you can always take refuge in the national museum of prehistory at Les Eyzies. Or the paper museum at Couze, which gives you an insight into a bygone industrial age.
Gardens and more
No Dordogne yurt holiday would be complete without a trip to the panoramic gardens at Marqueyssac and Limeuil. (For lovers, the candlelit Thursday evenings at Marqueyssac in July and August are not to be missed.) There are also countless walking, cycling and horse riding trails, tree climbing parks, canoe rivers, water parks, and whatever else takes your fancy.
Or none of the above
But you’re on a yurt holiday. You don’t have to do anything. You could just sit, cook, read in a hammock, watch the wildlife, and enjoy the peace and space of écovallée.
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