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Message posted by chicaguapa on 09/5/2014 at 10:36pm
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As the title suggests, I'm trying to choose between the Dordogne and the Languedoc region.

I know the former is beautiful but the Languedoc appeals as it just looks so Mediterranean. I'm not bothered by beaches though, but just fancy somewhere French and not overrun with tourists.

Which would you recommend at the end of May? Thanks.

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Message posted by Val A on 09/5/2014 at 10:40pm
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Well we may be in both, or either, or neither.  Most of France will be absolutely delightful in May - quiet, no tourist, green, spring flowers out, everyone cheerful at the beginning of the season.  There's nothing to choose between one region and the other at this time of year.

What we do is follow the weather.  The Dordogne is green and verdant - and the reason for that is that there is a lot of rain.  If it's raining in the Dordogne when you arrive in France just carry on further south towards the Pyrenees, or even another area altogether if the rain is falling there too.

You don't even need to make up your mind until you are en-route  In May you'll have no problems finding sites, so just go where you please, follow the weather, and if you end up where the sun is shining you may be on a pitch next to us!

We intended to go to the Dordogne, for some canoeing, in May about three years ago but it was raining when we arrived in France, torrential as we got further south, and the Vezere river, north of the Dordogne was a frightening brown torrent.  We carried on further south, spend an overnight stay on top of a hill, and looked at the weather forecast in the morning.  The only sunny area was in the Languedoc on the Mediterranean, so we headed there, and had a great fortnight.  We met up with some Dutch rallyers two weeks later, and they'd spend many days on site in the Dordogne as they couldn't get off site because of the floods.


Message posted by exessexmum on 10/5/2014 at 5:53am
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End of May is half term, so Dordogne may be busier with Brits than the Languedoc (because it's more easily driveable for a week), however neither will be at August levels of tourists. We did the Languedoc region a few years ago at the end of May and it was lovely -very hot, sunny and we had a great holiday. We're off to the Dordogne this time and hoping we'll get a bit of reasonable weather, but it's not guaranteed in that area, like Val said. It is a beautiful part of France though.
If you have the time and inclination to go with the flow, I'd say to follow the sun :-)

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Message posted by franbee on 10/5/2014 at 9:33am
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I agree with the above. And we'll look out for you valA.

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Message posted by chicaguapa on 10/5/2014 at 9:36am
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Great. Thanks all. Languedoc it is. (We're flying so distance isn't an issue.)

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May - The Spinney
June - Olivers Battery
- Longthorns Farm
July - Andrew Hayes Caravan Park
July/August -France
August - Carringtons Park

Message posted by jandjstott on 10/5/2014 at 11:49am
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This was the Pyrenees last June. Exceptional because of the bad spring they had in France (as we did here). Sure you will enjoy it.
John






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