lac de pombonne a great Dordogne beach

A secret Dordogne beach only the locals know about

If you’re looking for French swimming lakes, Dordogne has several but if you’re planning to spend a full day by the water then you’ll need to find a Dordogne Beach. The best ones however can be hard to find and require a little research. So to make things easier for you here’s one of my very favourite lake beaches in the Dordogne. Lac de Pombonne is a fantastic day out in the Dordogne with kids.

lac de pombonne lake for swimming near bergerac

This Dordogne beach is not huge but it has soft sand perfect for sandcastle building and the water is warm and deep enough for a good swim. Obviously there aren’t waves to be jumping over or boarding in but bring a beach ball and you can easily spend hours splashing about.

young girl jumping in a lake in the dordogne

If you are visiting with toddlers there’s even a shallow pool for little ones to splash about in. There’s hardly any shade on the beach so it’s a good idea to bring a parasol and lots of suncream and take plenty of breaks into the trees or cafe.

wide stretch of sand next to a lake in the dordogne

Between the carpark and the lake is a picnic area with plenty of benches and tables. You can use the ones further away from the restaurant for your own picnic if you’re organised enough to pack your one or you can grab some take away fries from the restaurant.

picnic area next to wooden fence behind a turquise lake surrounded by sand


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Facilities at Pombonne Lake

During the summer months there is lifeguard cover at the beach between 11am and 6pm. It goes without saying though that you should always keep a close eye on your kids around water.

cafe at lac de pombonne

There is a really lovely restaurant or guinguette located between the lake and car park. It has plenty of outdoor shaded seating and serves snack style food and cold drinks, beers and wine. The restaurant also has live music on some nights although it’s best to ask when its planned for during your stay in the Dordogne. This guingette is open between June and November.

restaurant at lac de pombonne

There are plenty of clean toilets and outdoor showers available.

What else is there to do at Lac de Pombonne

Pombonne Lake is part of the larger Pombonne Park. Stretching over 100 acres it consists of natural woodland, hiking and biking trails and beautiful meadows of flowers. One of the easiest is the trail around the lake, it will take around 20 minutes to complete the circuit. If you do get bored of the beach then just head out into the park to explore.

grassy beach leading to a shallow lake in the dordoge

How much does it cost to visit this Dordogne Beach

Possibly one of the best parts of your visit to Lac de Pombonne is that it’s absolutely free!

piper quinn in a white and pink dress blowing a kiss at a phone screen on a picnic bench

How to find this Dordogne Beach

Lac de Pombonne is located on the outskirts of Bergerac. It’s around a ten minute drive North from the centre of town. Head North for about 2 miles on the D107 then turn left at the sign for Villamblard and Parc Public De Pombonne. It’s then an immediate left into the Park. Keep going until you reach the main carpark.

The address for the park is:

Podestat Road

24100 Bergerac

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lake bordered by trees

Parking for Pombonne Lake

There is a large car park near the beach, we have never had trouble finding a space.

Other swimming lakes, Dordogne

There are plenty of places along the Dordogne river to jump in for a swim or paddle but if you’re looking for swimming lakes, Dordogne has plenty and it’s a great way to cool down from the baking French summer. Lac Jemaye Regional Park near Riberac is another great option with kids. It also has a sandy beach, life guards over the summer and a fun bar. Or right to the North of the region is Grand √©tang de St Estephe¬†which has plenty of sand and snack bars plus lifeguards, kayak hire and even a volley ball court!

We visited Lac De Pombonne during our 2 weeks in France so make sure you check out the post to discover what else we got up to.

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