The Dordogne is not only a land of prehistoric caves and castles, or the homeland of truffles and foie gras! For all those who want to combine a change of scenery and sporting activity, or who like to discover the beautiful landscapes of Périgord otherwise than from the "floor of the cows", here are some suggestions close to the Petit Manoir.
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Canoe in the Golden Triangle in Black Périgord
  • For lovers of swimming in the river, the Petit Manoir is very well located, 900 meters from the beach of Vitrac Port, on the left bank of the river, after the bridge. This unsupervised beach is one of the "10 most beautiful beaches of Dordogne", according to the newspaper Sud-Ouest, and it is true that it offers a superb setting with the high cliffs ocher in focus. It is a pebble beach, and it is advisable to keep sandals in the water and be careful because the current is strong enough in the middle of the bed.
  • The unsupervised beach of Caudon is also very close, 2 kilometers to the east when the river leaves the cingle of Montfort, it is however smaller than that of Vitrac Port.
  • The two closest supervised beaches are those of the Tamniès pond, north of Sarlat in the countryside (entry fee, sand beach very suitable for small children, Blue Flag label for the cleanliness of the site), and that of Coux -and-Bigaroque, on the Dordogne, between St Cyprien and Limeuil. Supervision is provided until mid-August.
  • During your walks, it will always be easy to find a water point to cool off, a list is given here:

  • This is probably the most popular activity in the Dordogne after swimming, and the nautical bases are very numerous in season, with large fleets of canoes and kayaks. Near the Petit Manoir, you will find lessors in Vitrac Port, the beach of Caudon near the village of Montfort, or in Cénac a little further downstream.
  • The most sought-after courses are those of the Golden Triangle on the Dordogne, between Montfort and Beynac, and in a wilder setting, the descent of the Vézère between Montignac and Les Eyzies de Tayac, especially the area of St Léon aux Eyzies.
  • To dream of your next nautical escapades, this link takes you on the water ...

  • With numerous rivers, and developed water bodies, not to mention the rivers regularly maintained for this peaceful leisure, the Périgord Noir lends itself well to tease carp or trout:
  • And if you want to transmit this passion to your children, workshops exist during the summer to familiarize them with this activity: ecole-de-peche
  • L'Etrier de Vitrac, Sarlat riding club, is located 2 km from the Petit Manoir on Combelongue road, which connects us to Sarlat: létrier-de-vitrac
  • Near the Bugue, the "Valley of horses" includes on the right bank of the Dordogne several horse clubs in a wild place, conducive to walks in the forest::
  • There are many clubs in the area that offer horseback riding for all ages, and you'll find them here:
  • A greenway was built between Sarlat and Cazoulès, 3 km from Souillac, on the route of an old railway. Since the Petit Manoir, it is easy to join, it lends itself well to family walks safely, away from the summer traffic.
  • Many circuits on the small roads of the region are marked for bikes and mountain bikes. Lessors are at your disposal too, especially near the greenway.
  • To know everything about the Sarladais by bike, it's here: le-sarladais-velo
  • You will find in your lodging a copy at your disposal of some pedestrian routes arrowed by the Office of Tourism of Sarlat and well maintained by the crossed communes, of which two pass just in front of the Small Manor. These safe and well signposted routes will take you into the Dordogne countryside, from castle to river, crossing villages, hamlets and undergrowth, highlighting the curiosities on the course.
  • At the slow pace of your steps, this is another way to discover the wonderful landscapes of the region, its wildlife at the bend of a forest path, its old bories hidden in the hollow of a valley ...


  • These activities are frequently practiced in the neighboring Lot, whose causses lend themselves to underground exploration in sometimes flooded networks, or to climbing steep cliffs. Several clubs operate from Gourdon, which is only half an hour from the Petit Manoir by a pretty road to the Southeast.
  • Two via ferrata are located closer to Vitrac, the "raptor via ferrata" on the cliffs below the gardens of Marqueyssac, and that of the "Forest of Squirrels", in St Vincent le Paluel, between Sarlat and Souillac. The cliffs of Caudon in front of Vitrac, those of the cingle of Montfort in the commune of Carsac, as well as those overlooking the Céou towards the castle of Milandes, also lend themselves to the practice of climbing: escalade-autour-de-sarlat-en-perigord-noir

Green enthusiasts will find superb courses some thirty kilometers from the Petit Manoir, in Souillac to the east with the Souillac Golf & Country Club (18 holes), or west along the Dordogne to Siorac with two clubs. neighbors, the Golf de la Forge (9 holes) and the Gulf of Olivaria (18 holes).

Two old barge ports on the Dordogne, Roque-Gageac and Beynac, now offer river cruises in these large flat-bottomed boats. It is a pleasant way to discover the valley of castles with unique views of the cliffs, villages and historical monuments that line the Dordogne in the Golden Triangle. The operators are Gabarres Caminade and Gabarres Norbert in La Roque-Gageac, and a little further downstream, Gabarres de Beynac. In summer, it is prudent to reserve.

In the pure sky of the Sarladais, it is frequent to see raising a colorful balloon above the country of the castles. And if you fly too? Several providers offer half-day flights from La Roque Gageac or Beynac, offering an unusual and grandiose panorama of the countryside and rivers of the Périgord Noir.

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