One of France's best kept secrets, Bergerac is one of the country's most beautiful holiday hotspots, boasting of historical sites, idyllic chateaux and breath-taking scenery. Part of the Dordogne region in Aquitaine, the area is thriving with Bastide towns and plenty of scenic views of the protected countryside. With so much to do and a thriving gastronomy scene that is envied across all of France, Bergerac is fast becoming a popular tourist destination.
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Sat in Aquitaine in the South-West of France, this region is rich in history. Filled with quaint picturesque villages and beautiful vineyards, the area is best known for producing some of the most sought after wines in country. Many of the vineyards offer tours as well as tasting sessions for more enthusiastic wine aficionados. The region is also famous for its gastronomy scene, being rich in local produce like truffles, walnuts, foie gras and preserved duck. Much of the area has escaped urbanisation thanks to endless views of protected countryside. Fields of beautiful wild flora and fauna hold scientific importance as well as being a stunning sight to behold. The scenery is also dotted with historically significant medieval towns and Bastides – fortified towns built during the 13-14th centuries which now provide attractive and fascinating destinations for tourists.
Although its rural status means that Bergerac doesn't have a thriving night-life, the area is famous for its wining and dining opportunities. Being sat in the midst of some of the finest vineyards in France means you have access to an enviable selection of wines, including Rosette, Monbazillac and Montravel. The city also boasts of a wide selection of restaurants, most of which are happy to share their traditional recipes with you if you want to try and recreate their outstanding dishes at home. Using freshly picked regional products, restaurants like the Privilège du Perigord or Michelin starred La tour des Vents will leave you hungry for more delicious food.
Leave behind chain stores for the independent shopping experiences of the Bergerac region. Market day is especially looked forward to by locals and tourists alike thanks to the delicious local produce and varied stalls on offer. Various weekly markets make their way to the region selling fresh ingredients that are essential in Périgourdin gourmet cooking including ceps, grilled duck breast and truffles. The markets are also a great place to run into locals and get their expertise on what to do (and eat) in the area, and to get a real slice of life in Bergerac.
Being surrounded by beautiful countryside makes hiking and walking a popular pastime in this area of France. Geocaching and exploring the many hiking trails in the area are both popular ways of finding out more about the region. Whilst Bergerac also boasts of over 130 historically important sites for you to explore. It's easy to feel like you've taken a step back in time when exploring locations like the ruins of the Montcaret Gallo-Roman Villa or strolling around the stunning vineyard surrounded castle of Monbazillac. There are plenty of museums for you to delve into the region's history further including the Maison des Vins and Villefranche Museum of Local History.
Serving much of the Dordogne region of France, Bergerac Dordogne Perigord Airport is situated just 3km to the south of Bergerac.
IATA code: EGC
Name: Bergerac Dordogne Perigord Airport
Address: Route d'Agen, 24100 Bergerac, France
Telephone: +33 5 53 22 25 25
These is ample car parking space at the airport with over 500 spaces available to travellers. The first 30 minutes are free, making it ideal for dropping passengers off.
Although there is no direct rail link to the airport, the railway station is situated a short 15 minute drive away. From here you can get connections to destinations such as Bordeaux and Sarlat-la-Caneda. There is also a regular bus service that runs through the town, with the main bus depot located at Place de la Republique (opposite the main tourist office).
As Bergerac itself is 3 km away from the airport you may wish to catch a taxi to access transport at the town. A taxi rank can be found near the terminal exit but to avoid long queues it is advised that passengers book in advance.
A variety of car rental services operate from inside the airport including Avis. While you can hire a car on arrival, it’s recommended that you book in advance to ensure a suitable vehicle is available.