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Dordogne vs Provence - which is better?

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Dordogne vs Provence - which is better?

Our family of 4 is visiting in August. We are deciding between 1 week in Sarlat in Dordogne or near Gordes in Provence. Our girls are 15 and 12. We want to rent a house with a pool and be able to visit the smaller towns, have some outdoor activities, good meals, enough tourism that there is something to do but not be overwhelmed with t-shirt shops and simply relax. We are spending 1 week in the country and 1 week in Paris. We thought of doing 5 nights in Dordogne, 5 in Provence, and 4 in Paris but that feels like too much.

Based on my readings to date, both areas are fairly similar including summer temperatures. However Provence appears easier to get to via train from Paris, has access to larger towns (eg Aix and Avignon if desired). Dordogne has canoeing/kayaking on the river that Provence does not.

What are the other differences? How would you decide? If you could only do 1 location, which would you choose and why?


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11. Re: Dordogne vs Provence - which is better?

Both are great. I'm not sure why anyone would advise against Gordes, save maybe on cost. Gordes is nice but generally pricier. They aren't very far from one another.

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12. Re: Dordogne vs Provence - which is better?

Rousillon is beautiful as is all of the other small towns and villages in that area. We went for 10 days last year, rented a car and stayed in a villa in St. Remy which is a terrific base from which you can easily get to all of those great little villages. Your kids will love St. Remy......it has a great town center with a wonderful market, many great shops and restaurants and some charming entertainment. You cannot go wrong here. We found a very nice villa on 'home away' that was just 2 blocks from the town center. It was very reasonable. I highly recommend St. Remy!

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