“There was only one day when it was nice”: the weather pushes holidaymakers to adapt in the Dordogne

“There was only one day when it was nice”: the weather pushes holidaymakers to adapt in the Dordogne
“There was only one day when it was nice”: the weather pushes holidaymakers to adapt in the Dordogne

A downpour, a few rays of sunshine, and then another downpour. The morning of this Thursday, July 4, perfectly symbolizes the beginning of summer in Dordogne. Météo France still predicts rainy days until July 14as the summer holidays are about to begin. In the Périgord Noir, we regularly come across holidaymakers sheltering under an umbrella or preferring a k-way to a t-shirt.

The Le Port de Limeuil campsite, near Le Bugue, still welcomes many tourists despite the weather. 90 to 95% of the pitches are occupied according to the owners. But here, no one fights for a spot on a deckchair. The three pools are empty and there aren’t many people outside. “There was only one day when the weather was nice”, regrets Antonin, 7 years old, who is content to play pinball in a games room, instead of going swimming.

“We would like a little warmth”

The little boy did go swimming once though.”When you get into the water, it feels warm, but after ten minutes you feel very cold.“, he describes. His mother, Natacha, dressed in a k-way, even wears a small scarf to protect the neckShe asks her son not to spray anyone with his water gun, but remains optimistic. “The rain won’t ruin our holiday, the area is beautiful and we have everything we need here”insists the vacationer.

But Christie would still like to enjoy the pool. “We live in England, we came to the South to be very warm”sighs the British woman who stays warm in his camper van. Her husband, Mike, is amused by the situation: “We are missing three weeks of very hot weather in England, it’s really bad timing!”.

Change your plans

Hugo and Lise Bonvallet, the co-managers of the place who took over from their parents, recognize a “start of the season with complicated weather”. Even if he assures that Group bookings and regulars help fill the campsiteBrother Hugo admits: “People come to the South to wear shorts and swimsuits, and sunglasses. Having a raincoat and boots until mid-July is no fun.”

As a result of the bad weather, the swimming pool is running at a slow pace, the canoe base is barely functioning, especially because the river is too high, and The campsite activities could start a little later. “We are impatiently waiting for the sun!”says Hugo. He hopes to be able to enjoy the July 14 fireworks on the beach, around a campfire.

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