Experience Dordogne-Périgord and Aquitaine for your next holiday or weekend break.
The region surrounding Bergerac is one of the country's most beautiful holiday hotspots, boasting historical sites, idyllic chateaux and breath-taking landscapes. With stunning scenic views, lots to do and a thriving gastronomy scene, Dordogne-Périgord is the perfect destination for a memorable and indulgent break.
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Situated 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 the country. Many of the vineyards offer tours and tasting sessions for enthusiastic wine aficionados. The region is also famous for its gastronomy scene, being rich in local produce such as truffles, walnuts, and duck. Much of the area has escaped urbanisation and boasts endless views of protected countryside. The scenery is dotted with fields of beautiful flora and fauna and enchanting medieval Bastides – fortified towns built during the 13th and 14th centuries which now provide fascinating destinations for tourists.
Market in Brantôme - ©Jonathan Barbot
The Dordogne is a gourmand’s getaway. Dishes are rich, rustic and full of flavour. Find the season’s best produce at Bergerac, Périgueux and Sarlat outdoor markets. Depending on when you visit, stalls will be creaking with the weight of walnuts, chestnuts, strawberries, goose, duck and black truffles. You can even bring home some know-how of the local cuisine by taking a masterclass with a Michelin starred chef.
Sitting in the midst of some of the finest vineyards in France means you have access to an enviable selection of world-famous wines, including Saint-Emilion, Bergerac, Rosette, Monbazillac and Montravel. You can explore the villages and vineyards of the Aquitaine region either by car, bike or even on horseback, meeting the wine growers as you go.
Bergerac itself boasts of a wide selection of restaurants, most of which are happy to share their traditional recipes if you want to try and recreate their outstanding dishes at home. Using fresh regional produce, restaurants like the Privilège du Perigord or Michelin starred La tour des Vents will delight you with their culinary expertise, excellent service and beautiful setting.
Marqueyssac hanging gardens - © Alban GILBERT/CRTA
Being surrounded by beautiful countryside makes hiking and walking a popular pastime in this area of France. With more than 1,500 castles in the Dordogne region, it's easy to feel like you've taken a step back in time when exploring stunning locations like the castle of Monbazillac. Standing tall on hilltops and waterfronts, many sites date back to medieval times.
Some of the world’s oldest paintings reside in the Vézère Valley. See the caves of Lascaux II up close and you’ll soon understand why it’s nicknamed the ‘Prehistoric Sistine Chapel.’ The Rouffignac Caves are just as impressive.
Don’t miss the numerous gardens which are spread throughout the area from the hanging gardens of Marqueyssac overlooking the Dordogne valley to the 13 themed Gardens of the Imaginary in Terrasson.
And for those wanting to hit the water, the Atlantic coastline of Aquitaine offers 250km of white sandy beaches, ideal for those who want to surf the waves or climb the sand dunes.
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.