Our camping holiday expert, Mary, enjoyed a fantastic holiday in Le Grand Dague campsite and shares her experience below.
We took a quick flight from the UK to Bergerac in the Dordogne region of France. Upon arrival at the airport, we made our way over to the Hertz desk where we picked up our hire car. It was located just outside the terminal building which made it extremely easy to locate. From there we started out on our short but exciting journey to our campsite, Iris Parc Le Grand Dague. The drive to our campsite was only approx. 45 mins and it took us through the breath-taking Dordogne Valley. There was stunning and varied landscape along the way which made the brief car journey extremely enjoyable.
Upon arrival at le Grand Dague it’s easy to see why the campsite is a firm favourite with nature lovers. Located in a stunning nature setting with a beautiful forest makes it ideal for cycling or walking. For the duration of our wonderful family holiday we stayed in a Tahiti mobile home. This style of accommodation has 2 bedroom and 2 bathrooms. All the mobile homes on this campsite have a veranda and a covered deck and as a result are perfect for relaxing and enjoying the French sunshine.
The facilities at Le Grand Dague are second to none and include:
- Water playground
- Really cool waterpark
- An air trampoline
- Entertainment team
- Bar, restaurant
- Grocery shop
- Large bouncy cushions
- Multi sports area
- Covered play areas.
One of the great aspects of all these facilities is that they are very centrally located so therefore you can always keep an eye on your kids.
The campsite has a fantastic central square which is the place to be once evening sets in. You can enjoy a delicious meal here – French fries, a pizza or choose from the à la carte menu – the choice is your’s. The Entertainment Team put on a spectacular show on a nightly basis and afterwards you can enjoy a relaxing drink in the bar. You actually don’t have to leave the campsite for the duration of your stay as there is so much to see and experince on site.
The pool complex also deserves a special mention. It is top class with a Lazy River, 2 heated pools and 3 water slides. A new 750m2 pool with hydro massage and a toddler pool were opened in 2016. Beaches and a small island add to the ultimate holiday feeling and the pirate ship is eye catching as you approach the pool complex.
Electric bicycles are available for hire at reception and trips to Perigueux and Atur ( Approx. 45 mins ) are very accessible. The terrain is quite hilly so therefore I would issue a slight word of warning.
Nearby Le Grand Dague
This beautiful region of France has so much to see and do. The world famous Lascaux caves with its 15,000 year old drawings, dreamy villages and a thousand and one castles are just a few of the many places of interest. Driving through the Dordogne Valley, with a stop off at Sarlat, was one of the highlights of the holiday for me. Sarlat-la-Canéda is a picturesque tangle of honey-coloured buildings, secret squares and alleyways. Boasting some of the region’s best-preserved medieval architecture, it’s also a popular base for exploring the Vézère Valley. A stop off in les Eyzies-de-Tayac is also another “Must Do” where you can enjoy a delicious ice-cream alfresco.
For a genuine French market experience, a visit to Sarlat’s Saturday market, located in the area of the cathedral, is highly recommended. Local produce includes delicacies like mushrooms and duck and goose based products such as foie gras and most noteworthy, truffles. This area is renowned for its Bergerac wines so a visit to a chateau is also a fantastic option for a day trip.
The Dordogne river is famous for kayaking and canoeing. It’s not just a challenge for the experienced as beginners can also partake and have a great time. There are starting points along the river where you can rent a canoe or kayak and there are many different routes along the river varying in length. You can also join a guided canoe trip along the Dordogne. Canoeing and Kayaking can be booked at reception on the campsite.
Despite the fact that it was few weeks into September, there was still a great buzz on the campsite. All the Kiddies Clubs were still operating which meant there was no time for boredom to set in. The weather was glorious for the duration of our stay and as a result, contributed in no small way to the enjoyment of this holiday. This was one of the most enjoyable holidays I have ever experienced and I will definitely be returning to Le Grand Dague.
Check out Le Grand Dague HERE and see for yourself why Mary had such a memorable holiday in the Dordogne.