What to do in the Dordogne

Nestled in the heart of south-western France lies the beautifully serene Dordogne area. Between the Loire Valley and the Pyrenees mountain range, you can spend your time enjoying what this fabulous region has to offer to any lover of the outdoors.

Book one of the mountain bike holidays that are available in the area and explore on two wheels. You can hire cycles from Etang de Coucou to tour the hamlets and villages, or venture into the rural countryside and catch the breathtaking landscapes. Try your hand at quad biking, with many sites available including one at Hautefort.

France, Périgord, Dordogne, Beynac Castle

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The area certainly isn’t short of water sports holidays either. Sure, you’re in the heart of the south of France without a beach for miles, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the watery wonders that the Dordogne River has to offer. There is also a large leisure lake at Lanouaille for you to visit.

Travel to La Roque-Gageac for some great fun canoeing down the river. Spy local wildlife as you go and moor on the shingled shorelines for an ice cream or light refreshment. Wade in the shallow freshwater to cool off from the heat before arriving at base and grabbing a spot of lunch.

For the sport fanatics, there are 18-hole golf courses in both Perigeux and Brive for you to attempt to get holes in one, or the courts at Agnan will keep your thirst for tennis thoroughly quenched.

Combine this with the oodles of heritage, history and natural beauty and your itinerary will be jam packed for the duration of your vacation. Hire a car so that your possibilities are endless. With chateaus and quaint villages dotted all over the Dordogne, not to mention the high quality wines, confit de canard and foie gras to sink your teeth into, you will be sure to wish to return to the south of France again and again.

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Take A Healthy Walk Through Paris

Here’s a suggestion to keep in mind for your next trip to Paris.  If you plan to go somewhere or do things that are full of outdoor activity and exercise, then you might want to have some of Garmin’s best electronic and outdoor accessories on hand to help make your trip enjoyable.

Garmin offers a selection of activewear and outdoor equipment that is perfect when going on trips which require a great deal of physical activity, like skiing, cycling, hiking or similar sports and recreation.  And you can find the best Garmin deals and sales available on Groupon coupons.

For example, there are Groupon coupons a buyer can use to purchase personal navigation devices and equipment to use in the car, on a motorcycle, or even on yourself.  So you can go for extended bicycle rides – even your own personal Tour de France – using the GPS system and mileage counter you get from Garmin with your Groupon coupon.  You can also obtain the weatherproof and shock-resistant timepieces and exercise monitoring equipment you need to keep track of your new cardio-vascular exercise program.  And Garmin can also provide you with equipment that monitors your health performance as you exercise, including counting steps, mileage, and heartbeats.

Such products can be a godsend when you visit a walkable city like Paris.  One can spend days wandering through Paris neighborhoods, climbing the steps to the cafes and bistros in Montmartre, strolling through the diverse clubs and sights along the Left Bank, or walking through the historic palace at Versailles.  Indeed, a visit to Paris almost demands that the traveler be prepared to walk for miles, since nearly every neighborhood brings new and fascinating experiences and encounters with history, art and culture.  Put on an ankle monitor from Garmin, your most comfortable walking shoes, grab a pair of sunglasses, a small wallet with some euros handy in case you need them, and go for a stroll through the diverse communities that comprise the City of Light.  Your walks will be so enjoyable that you will completely forget the exercise you are getting – at least until you check your monitor.  Nor do you need to worry about getting lost; you can rely upon your portable GPS from Garmin to keep you pointed in the right direction.  So just get out and start walking!

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Driving through the Route des Grands Crus

France is quite well known for its beautiful scenic views and drives. The old films showed it much better than any photographs can depict, but the fun thing is to travel and visit for oneself. One of the most scenic places in France is the Route des Grands Crus. It is a must-have experience – a necessary item for any travel lover’s bucket list. Everyone likes vineyards, after all!

The region

The region is famous for its Burgundy wines and is filled with beautiful vineyards. Wine production in the region has been established since the times of Charlemagne, so the vineyard owners are justifiably proud of their little, or not so little, vineyards. This region is also very easy to reach from some of the main cities of France. Located at a distance of approximately 1.5 hours by car from both Paris and Lyon, the Route des Grands Crus is a major attraction of Bourgogne. For tourists desiring to make this trip, there are many popular car rental agencies in both Paris and Lyon, like Alamo and Avis.

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The route

The Route des Grand Crus, situated in Burgundy is a scenic route stretching from Dijon to Santenay for 60 kilometers. This spectacular route has became a famous tourist drive over the years. Covering 37 villages and towns, this gorgeous drive covers many vineyards producing different kinds of grapes used in Burgundy wine production. Each vineyard is small, only about 10 – 15 hectares, so they are very well maintained and a pleasure to watch as they flash by. The road is well paved and there is also a cycling path for those who want to ride there in summer, enjoying the nice breeze, and feeling the warmth of the mild sun.

The experience

Not only are the vineyards beautiful to watch, but the small stops in the villages on this route are worth the experience. Each village has its own tradition of wine making and its own history, and the local people are quite proud to explain why their way is superior.

At times during the drive, the vineyards give way to beautiful hills, forests and cliffs. The drive passes through certain historical spots as well, the most famous among them being the Vosne-Romanée chateau, famous for the Romanée Conti wines. Another famous spot to check out along the way is the amazing steep coloured-tile roof of Château Corton-André. The Château de La Rochepot, also located on the route, is worth a visit. Many of the small villages have old churches and community buildings still standing.

For those preferring a more athletic experience, there are several hiking trails set in various parts of the route, like the Sentier des Roches which moves across the Baubigny cliffs.

For information and assistance in undertaking a trip to the Route des Grands Crus, the Burgundy Today website is an excellent resource. This is certainly an experience worth having!

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