The Dordogne department, also known as Périgord, is divided into four colours. The Bergeracois is a vast region in the south-west of the Dordogne, corresponding to the Purple Périgord, which includes the town of Bergerac, from which it takes its name, as well as other communes, such as the bastides of Monpazier, Beaumont du Périgord and Lalinde, and charming little villages such as Paunat and Molière.
The town of Bergerac is one of sub-prefecture of the Dordogne. Close to the Gironde and Lot-et-Garonne départements, it is a gateway to the département, thanks in particular to its airport. Regular links to the UK and the rest of Europe make it a cosmopolitan city.
Many visitors to the Périgord plan to visit Bergerac during their stay for two main reasons: Cyrano de Bergerac and Bergerac vineyards. However, these are not the only assets of this town: when you walk around it, you fall under its spell and discover its fascinating history.
Cyrano de Bergerac, THE character of the town
This famous character, invented by Edmond Rostand, doesn't feature much in the medieval town of Bergerac. Only two statues in the effigy of the character from the novel of the same name can be seen in the narrow streets.
The most remarkable is certainly the bronze one near the Place des Halles.
But what would Cyrano be without Roxane? Bergerac honours the play's heroine by giving her the name of Rocksane to its concert hall.
The town of Bergerac
There are many ways to discover Bergerac. You can
- let yourself be carried away by the small train. Leaving from the rue des Récollets, you will walk along the quays and then visit the medieval streets.
- sailing aboard a gabarre. Bergerac, once a major port, no longer trades on its river. However, it is interesting to understand the link between the river Dordogne and the construction of this port town, which was totally built around the transport of wine.
- stroll through the city centre at your own pace. On a discovery trail or on a guided tour organised by the town, you can explore the rue des fontaines with its little stalls, the Récollet cloister and its exhibitions, or the Notre Dame de Bergerac church and its bell tower perched almost 80 metres high.
The Bergerac vineyards
The town of Bergerac was built around the wine trade, as the exceptional terroir close to the medieval town has enabled the development of the wine industry. vine growing.
Discover the vineyards of Monbazillac, Pécharmant or Saussignac on your own or with a guide:
- visit to the cellar with the cellar master
- visit to the vineyards accompanied by the producer
- a simple bike ride through the vineyards
- discover the Château de Monbazillac and its well-stocked cellar
- purchase from the Sigoulès winegrowers' cellar
It's up to you to choose the package that's right for you...
After admiring all these vines, we invite you to to enjoy Bergerac wines ! Many wine merchants, restaurants and bars in the Bergerac area offer wine tastings. We recommend the rooftop terrace of the Bergerac Tourist Office, which is a great place for wine tasting. wine bar to delight your eyes and taste buds 😉 You'll also find valuable advice on the various tour options mentioned above and a list of the most popular ones. list of wineries who are delighted to welcome the amateur public.
All around the town of Bergerac, there are villages known as bastides to visit. Each of them has its own particularity but they all retain the original layout.
What is a bastide?
A bastide responds to a architecture composed of a central square and alleys arranged all around in the form of orthogonal. The Dordogne is full of bastides in its southern part, particularly in the Bergerac region, but this type of architecture can also be seen in the Gers, Landes and nearby Lot et Garonne.
Which bastide to visit?
Monpazier ? Eymet ? Beaumont du Périgord ? Villefranche du Périgord ? Lalinde ?