Domaine de Soleil Plage
This is the best way to start your experience at Domaine de Soleil Plage where water-based activities are as extensive as the campsite’s restaurant menu. Hemmed inside a meander of the Dordogne River, a beach beyond your tent flaps offers fishing, swimming, canoeing and kayaking with an onsite rental service that allows you to daytrip downstream past cliff top châteaux and medieval villês. If you find your finger pointing away from the river, then it’s probably the aquatic area you’re heading for. The stylishly designed indoor swimming pool with adjacent hot tub is ideal on cooler days, while the paddling pool, sports pool, water slides and spa are divided up by tree-dotted patios and tiny wooden bridges. If you haven’t grown a pair of gills by the time you leave this campsite then it’s fair to say you're doing something wrong.
It may all make the place sound like an action-packed site and when you factor in things like mini golf, three playgrounds, a tennis court and an indoor games room, you can’t be blamed for thinking the place is all too commercial. However, this family-run site has built itself from years of experience and the myriad of activities is little more than a reflection of the area. The Dordogne Valley is a magnet for cyclists, fishermen and waterborne explorers looking for somewhere to take a break and enjoy a plethora of other sports in the sun-kissed setting. For the adventurous, paragliding and horse riding allow a more inventive view of the region. Beautiful medieval villages – Sarlat, Beynac-et-Cazenac and Les Eyzies, to name but three – are close by, while the prehistoric caves of the Perigord Noir are also just a short drive away.
Back at the campsite, lounge on the beach or relax beneath the shade of the trees dotted around the camping area. The site is divided into three hedge-lined spaces. Furthest from the river are the fully furnished chalets, while the other two sections house the camping pitches, each with a well-maintained sanitary block, washing area and chemical disposal point. While not all pitches enjoy a river front position with exquisite views of the opposing cliffs, every spot has a good amount of space, easy access to the beach and a prime location in one of the most beautiful regions in France.
All camping pitches (100m² average) are grassy, flat, have electricity (16amp) and a water tap. Several have full service and some are located on the riverside. 3 toilet blocks provide you with showers, sinks, toilets and disabled facilities. All campers have easy access to the riverside beach. The large heated aquatic park has both indoor and outdoor pools and a hot tub. There is a tennis court, outdoor table tennis, mini golf, a sports pitch and 3 children's playgrounds (one by the chalets, one by the camping pitches and one in between). During peak season there is also evening entertainment onsite. A restaurant with regional specialities, pizzas, snacks and take-away is located in the centre of the site with a mini-mart that serves fresh bread and croissants. Bicycles and canoes can be hired at reception, where there is also a library and book swap. Wi-fi available. Camping chalets are for rent, all with dishwasher, barbecue, wooden terrace garden furniture.
Everyone: Tents, caravans, motorhomes, couples, families...
Situated on the Dordogne riverside, hiring a canoe from the campsite and heading downstream is highly recommended. Canoe organisers will pick you up in a minibus at the end of the trip. Sarlat (0033 553 314 545) and Domme (0033 553 317 100), are 6km away, while the villages of Beynac-et-Cazenac, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Les Eyzies de Tayac Sireuil and Rocamadour are all worth a visit for their timeless beauty and commanding châteux. The prehistoric Lascaux Caves are just under 40km from the campsite. Horse riding can be found in Vitrac (0033 553 593 431) or Cenac (0033 553 282 394) while caving, ballooning and paragliding offer more eccentric ways to cast your eye across the landscape. The brand new International Centre for Cave Art (Lascaux IV) has also just opened nearby – highly recommended.
Food & Drink
There's an onsite restaurant serving regional specialities, pizzas, snacks and take-away food. It is located in the centre of the site, the camping pitches on one side and chalets on the other. There is also a mini-mart that serves fresh bread and croissants. Paddle across the river to La Maison Du Passeur (0033 553 28 84 20) which enjoys a fine location and serves tasty grub.
Mid April – end of September.
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