Canoe the Vézère River - the valley of cave paintings

The Vézère River valley is most famous for the cave paintings at Lascaux which give this part of Europe some of the most ancient human origins. There is so much to explore along the valley so it's worth the 1-hour drive from Manoir du Suquet.


The river is also wonderful for a calm and child-friendly paddle. Cliffs, chateaux and soft waters to swim in. I recommend using St. Léon-sur-Vézère as your base. Take in the caves at La Roque St. Christophe or the Strong House of Reignac. This really is walking in the footsteps of our ancestors.


Park your car near the bridge in St Léon. You'll be driven up stream for a 1-2 hour paddle back to the bridge. In the afternoon, you can have a coffee and swim by river side under the tower of the church. There's a really cute cafe here Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe. And we stayed for dinner at Restaurant de la Poste as the town looks so lovely under the soft yellow street lights.


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