In 2012, the Dordogne river basin was recognized by UNESCO for its outstanding setting and natural heritage and added to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Rising in the Massif du Sancy in Auvergne and emptying into the Gironde estuary near Bordeaux, the Dordogne crosses much of south-west France in a westerly direction.
Canoeing and kayaking on the river, is the best way to admire the region’s fairy-tale like countryside, including some of the quieter sections of the river that are otherwise inaccessible. Stock up your canoe with some local specialities and stop for a picnic along the banks of the river. Stand-up paddle, water skiing, rafting and sailing is also possible with many rental companies situated along the water. There are two rental locations in walking distance from our castle, where you can rent canoes.
The Dordogne also offers plenty of water-based activities including swimming and fishing. The river is one of the cleanest in Europe, and has reliably warm water especially in July and August. As much as a dip in the pool is nice and refreshing, nothing beats a swim in the sparkling waters of the Dordogne. The wilder beaches and creeks offer pebbled creeks and ferny caves to swim into and explore. The Dordogne is one of most renowned areas for angling in France. It is very sought-after by both locals and visitors. Home to grayling, pike, salmon, trout, shad and zander (although fishing for salmon is prohibited), the river is particularly good for fly fishing. It’s important to note that a permit is required to fish on the Dordogne unless you book through a private company whereby licenses are usually included. Most tourist offices and some newsagents will have them for sale.
Gluges is a small village, that is located along the river. The houses are protected as historic monuments. It is within walking distance from our castle. Edith Piaf would often come here vacationing, which is why the little square by the church in Gluges in named after her. Walking, biking or running along the river is very popular. The Belvedere-Copeyre view point is also only 5 minutes away from our castle. Here you will get an extraordinary view of the Dordogne valley.