Gitesearch - Hot Air Ballooning in France

Hot Air Ballooning

On a clear and bright summers day you can visit the hill top gardens of the Chateau de Marqueyssac and marvel at the spectacular views of the Dordogne valley  laid out before you. In the distance you can see the awesome medieval Castle at Castelnau and the riverside village of La Roque Gageac clinging to the rock face above the river.

Gitesearch - Hot air ballooning in the Dordogne

Dordogne Périgord Montgolfières

Like many of the thousands of visitors to this area you would be forgiven for thinking that there was no better way to see this beautiful part of France. Then from a field far below you see a brightly coloured balloon rising slowly into the air.  Known in French as Mongolfires (named after the famous French ballooning pioneer) these balloons carry small groups of visitors and give them an unequaled view of the landscape below.

With so many beautiful landscapes to explore, hot air balloon rides are becoming more popular by the year and flights are available in most regions of France. Gitesearch’s attraction pages feature several companies who offer flights. Dordogne Périgord Montgolfières offer rides in the spectacular Dordogne Valley and the surrounding area. France Montgolfières offer flights in all the popular tourist areas from the very north of the country to the Mediterranean Sea.

Most flights take place at sunrise or sunset. These are ideal times as the air is cool and stable making inflation and control of the balloon more efficient. Most balloon companies welcome you to witness the inflation of the balloon before your flight. The flights usually last about an hour. Once in the air, apart from the occasional sound of the burners, the flight as silent and lets you relax and take in the magnificent panorama below. The quietness and leisurely pace of the flight is regarded by many as far better than flying in a plane or helicopter.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to take your camera as you won’t get a better vantage point to photograph some of the most beautiful areas of France. Once you have chosen your preferred area, why not book a self catering gite or cottage and experience a little of “La vie Francais”  – use our search page to find your ideal property.

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