Most of all, the campsites of Brantome open the gate towards Périgord Vert - or Green Perigord. It's the perfect location, but you should start with the area's main town obviously. Settled at the Dronne riverside Brantôme benefits from a truly exceptional setting, in the meander of the river. It makes the 1200 years old abbey really shine and look like a jewel ! It was founded by no less than emperor Charlemagne. Many bridges and narrow streets give you the opportunity for a nice walk through it. However, if you're staying at a campsite in Brantome, by the river, you definitely should take a boattrip on the Dronne: it offers you a breathtaking view of the town.
Near Brantôme, still at the Dronne riverside, don't forget to visit charming Bourdeilles with its dominating castle. "Castle", singular? Indeed, you'll quickly see there are actually 2: one is a medieval fortress, the other one was built in a Renaissance style. They were gathered ot create a remarkable ensemble - furniture in the Renaissaince wing is outstanding. Stay at a campsite in Brantome and take the opportunity to visit a site which is listed among the French Monument Historiques and major sites of Aquitaine.
In the Côle valley, another « must » you can't miss : Saint-Jean-de-Côle. Listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France, it is also a very charming village. Take your time strolling through the cobbled alleys. A big event is the huge « plants fair » every spring - book at a campsite in Brantome during this period of the year which is less busy tourists-wise.
Near Saint-Jean-de-Côle we recommand a visit at the caves of Villars and the castle of Puyguilhem, 2 more highlights during your vacation at a campsite in Brantome, at the gates of Perigord Vert. The caves are a magnificent underground museum with a multitude of Stalagmites and Stalagtites. See also the lovely paintings - mostly horses but also buffalos and ibexes - discovered in 1958.
As to Puyguilhem castle : it is one of the very few Renaissance castles in the Périgord Vert. You might get the feeling you have been travelling some 300 kms North since you will recognize the elegant Italian influence of the Loire castles.
After these cultural visits you probably need to relax ! Before returning to your campsite in Brantome's pool, go near Ribérac and Saint-Aulaye. You'll find the large lake of La Jemaye. The best place for a swim in pure nature, plus a large, free parking lot, lifeguards and many amenities.