One of the reasons we decided to set up the écovallée family yurt camp in the Dordogne was because it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in Aquitaine, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in France, which is the most popular tourist destination in the world.

We thought everyone would enjoy the prehistoric sites, tree and water parks, canoe rivers, walking, bike and horse trails, chateaux, gardens, medieval market towns and everything else the area has to offer. Not to mention the food and wine. (Did I mention the food and wine?)

Some have enjoyed these things so much that they’ve already been back.

But there’s more to a holiday here than, say, a drive along the valley to Castelnaud, lunch in Domme and a leisurely stroll around the unmissable Marqueyssac. And don’t feel that you have to wait until summer to come.

April and September are great months to be here. All the tourist attractions are open, the crowds practically non-existent, and the weather is typically excellent. In April you get the added bonus of seeing the woods reawaken in the most vivid green, and watching our first wild orchids appear.

More on that, later.