Whatever your age, whatever your interest, you can guarantee that there is something going on in the area to suit all tastes. Here we present just a few:
Although admittedly not on quite the same par as the Alps, ski-resorts in the Pyrenees never-the-less offer some great ski-ing from beginner to advanced. Resorts tend to be smaller, and as such are easier to get around. Access from here is good – about 4 hours south of Bergerac and very do-able for a long weekend and more. Look out for Saint Lary-Soulan, Val Louron (especially good for kids and novices), Super Baigneres etc.
Parc-en-Ciel is a family paradise, with its suspended walkways through the forest, its large animal farm and themed gardens. Situated near Villereal, you could easily spend the whole day there. There is another Airparc at Perigord for those who are interested. Village Bournat is another great day out, situated on the banks of the Vezere at La Bugue. This park has recreated a village from 100 years ago. There are local artisans, a fairground of its time, restaurants and picnic sites. Also at La Bugue is the Aquarium du Perigord Noir, the largest privately owned aquarium in Europe, and a great little Crazy Golf course. Slightly further away is one of France’s most popular theme parks, Walibi Land. The rides are geared towards all ages and keep the whole family entertained. Situated near Agen, the park is about one and a half hours Bergerac.
The Aquapark in Bergerac has 4 swimming pools, chutes, crazy golf and karting, and offers a fun day out for everyone. Although slightly further afield, there is another water park, Aqua Land. This park is much bigger and geared towards older children and adults. It is well worth the drive.
If canoeing isn't for you, another way to see the best of the Dordogne valley is by boat. There are several companies that run Gabarres, the traditional vessel of the area. Trips are combined with a locally produced lunch and visits to special sites along the river. It is a glorious day out. The Gabarre de Bergerac is located on the Quai Salvette and is one of the more traditional vessels.