Bergerac is one of the most prestigious winegrowing areas of the Dordogne. Full of rich vineyards, rolling hills and pretty honey-hued streets – it's a sight plucked straight from a fairytale. Perched on the Dordogne river, this charming medieval town is an ideal getaway where you can wander its picturesque streets and gaze at the fascinating statues of the town’s generously snouted fictional son – Cyrano de Bergerac. Of course, you can’t visit this region without sampling some of its famous wine. Bergerac’s winemaking history goes back as far as the 2nd century, so why not learn more at the Maison des Vins and taste some of their exquisite wine straight from their "vinothèque".
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Bergerac’s medieval quarter is a jumble of cobbled streets that slope down to the river. 14th century half-timbered buildings and tinkling fountains will make you want to settle in a café to soak up the ambience. For some amazing sights don’t miss the 16th century archway – Passage Bobinsky, which leads to the pretty rue des Fontaines and rue St-James.
Bergerac is the place for wine lovers. Home to a magnificent Wine Centre in the Récollets Cloisters, there’s vineyard exhibitions, film and tasting experiences and regular concerts held in the prettiest surroundings. Or head to the 16th century fairytale Chateau of Monbazilliac and take a tour of the grounds. Marvel at the beautifully furnished building, explore the huge wine cellars and enjoy some wine tasting in the vineyards. Don’t forget to stock up in the shop on your way out!
If you’re visiting in the summer, then no trip is complete without taking canoe down the River Dordogne. Rent one for a half or a full day for just a few euros, then set off on your adventures in the water. West of the region the river is wide and placid, with luscious green banks to pull your vessel ashore for some lunch. But if you want to glide through rocky limestone ravines, then head east upriver to find steep hills, dark woodland and medieval castles towering above the riverbanks.
Summer in Bergerac can see 30°C highs, meaning you won’t be short on sunshine! Indulge in summer strolls, cycling or cruising along country roads.
Bergerac is home to 12 different types of wine. The region's association with wines is also a big part of tourism, with wine tours, chateau visits and a wine house by the river.
Historically Bergerac was used as an important port on the Dordogne river; but, the only boats operating here now are the gabarres (traditional boats) that carry visitors for a trip along the river.
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