The Val d'Ussel campsite is located near the lovely small town of Sarlat (10 minute drive) with its restaurants and markets and near one of the most beautiful stretches of the Dordogne River with its twists and turns and castles. This is a friendly, family campsite providing lots of shade and is in the heart of the Perigord (an area of the Dordogne) countryside.
There is a programme of sporty, fun entertainment in high season and numerous facillites for everyone to enjoy.
The owners arrange a variety of entertainments in high season, including traditional entertainments, live bands and discos.
Booking Your Holiday
The Le Val d'Ussel Campsite is in the Dordogne region of South West France.
If you are going to drive, perhaps with an overnight stop, then here are the distances from the Channel Ports:
- • Calais: 796 km
- • Bilbao: 535 km
- • St Malo: 645 km
- • Roscoff: 780 km
- • Caen: 585 km
- • Santander : 632 km
- • Cherbourg: 705 km
- • Le Havre: 660 km
- • Bergerac: 87 km
- • Limoges: 139 km
- • Other possible aiports include Rodez, Bordeaux and Toulouse
- • Train station: Sarlat 13 Km
- • Services to: Bordeaux, Souillac and Brive
Things to Do in the Area
The Dordogne département is found within the Aquitaine region of the southwest corner of France. The region is often referred to as Périgord, a name used for the region before the French revolution. It is a lovely area to visit and there is much to see as well as just taking in the lovely countryside The rocks of the area are made of limestone, a relatively soft rock, and rivers have cut through the rocks leaving fantastic cliffs and vast systems of caves. Some of these caves have been found to contain prehistoric cave paintings. The area is famous for its cuisine, including truffles and foie gras and you will also find that duck and goose are a favourite in this region.
There are many chateau to visit in the Dordogne. The Dordogne is just inland from Bordeaux, so wine is no problem. There is a famous dessert wine produced at Monbazilac, and cheap, drinkable reds are produced around Bergerac. There are many places you may want to visit including the Lascaux caves, the Marqueyssac gardens, medieval Sarlat, Chateau Castelnaud, the prehistoric caves in the Vezere Valley and the gouffre de Padirac caves.
If you are energetic, you may want to try canoeing the Dordogne. There are also lovely towns and villages to visit with the most popular being Bergerac, Brantome, Excideuil, La Roque-Gageac, Le Bugue, Riberac, Rocamadour and Sarlat.
The famous Lascaux caves are 50 km away. The original Lascaux cave was closed to the public in 1968 to preserve it but a brilliant replica has been built 200 metres away. Everything has been reproduced as accurately as possible, including the temperature which is kept at 13 degrees C. The animals depicted in the paintings are mainly horses, deer and bulls. The caves are one of the most renowned archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. They were discovered in 1940 by teenagers when one of their dogs chased a rabbit into the caves.
A fantastic, realistic online version (the best thing I've seen on the internet so far!) of the caves can be viewed here: www.lascaux.culture.fr/?lng=en
Sarlat (13 km)
Sarlat is the capital of Perigord Noir. It has 1,000 years of history in its buildings, with fine examples of medieval and renaissance buildings built in the yellow limestone with grey roofs that is typical of this region. Another fine example of architecture is the cathedral, which was erected in the reign of Henry IV.
There is an excellent market that takes place on Saturdays in Sarlat. It takes place in the "Place de la Liberte" marketplace which is surrounded by mediaeval buildings. The market stalls also stretch down the Rue de la Republique. The market stalls with their colourful canopies sell a selection of local produce including foie gras, walnuts, wine, cheese, mushrooms, bread, pastries, herbs, spices, fruit and vegetables, sausages, cakes, biscuits, oils, vinegars, wine and, depending on the season, possibly even truffles! The smells and tastes of the food make this a must on a visit to this area. There is also a smaller market on Wednesdays, mostly in the area around the Place de la Liberte, and there is a covered market daily in the former Saint Marie church also on the Place de la Liberte. Sarlat has a Christmas market in December and in January or February there is also a truffle and foie gras market at the Place Boissarie on Saturdays mornings.
Château de Monbazillac
Visit this chateau with its vineyard and its fantastic views over the Dordogne Valley.