I’d been on several family camping trips to the Dordogne as a child, and so have been wanting to go back to the area again for quite some time. This time round however, it was just me and my dad, and we got the ferry from Dover to Calais, and then drove to a campsite called Camping Le Tiradou, which was a lovely family run site. I usually prefer smaller, family-run campsites as they tend to be less busy. The campsite was situated in a very peaceful but convenient location- a 5 minute drive from the beautiful village of Beynac-et-Cazenac, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Situated in Beynac-et-Cazenac is the Chateau de Beynac, a well-preserved castle which was built in the 12th century by the barons of Beynac. We spent a good couple of hours exploring the castle, which is very much open to visit at a small fee, and learned a lot about the history of the Dordogne. The view of the river from the top of the castle was beautiful too, and I would definitely recommend a visit to this wonderful castle. Unfortunately I did not seem to have taken any pictures of the castle, or the village, but I took some photos from the top of the castle, which show a lovely view of the Dordogne river.
We spent most our time in the Dordogne hiking, cycling and canoeing along the river.