Bergerac Travel Guide

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Bergerac Things to Do

  • Stroll the medieval streets.

    Once again, in the evening sun, it was beautiful and warm as we strolled around searching for a bite to eat. We wandered quite a bit as the season hasn't started yet, but found the streets around our b&b were the nicest. The historic old quarter is not that big and can be walked in a short time.

  • Sit outside on Place de la Myrpe.

    We sat out on the square in the evening sun whilst waiting for the owner. It really was beautiful, calm, no cars moving about, so very peaceful. Practically all the houses here date from the 16th c with half-timbered "bricou" frontages. A couple on the north side of the square were being renovated inside, which virtually means ripping the whole...

  • Recollets Convent (Maison des vins).

    This converted convent was built between the 12th and 17th centuries and used by the "Recollets" order of Franciscans. It was used afterwards as a Protestant temple (now rehoused in the adjacent building). Now turned into the Wine museum of Bergerac it still retains a somewhat "olde worlde" look about it. In the centre of the building is the superb...

  • Kayak Down the Dordogne

    There are a number of places to pick up a kayak, Beynac is just one of them and you get a choice of how many how long a journey you want to do.We chose a 15K trip which was great. The views are just breathtaking.You wont be alone there are hundreds of people messing about on the water, but suggest you take a picnic and you can pull up on a bank at...

  • A day in the park

    We found a couple of parks in Bergerac one was a good half an hours walk from the town centre but was worth the time just to sit by the pond and listen to the frogs, they where amazing, I have never heard such noisy little chaps in my life.

  • Tobacco Museum

    This sounds really baoring, but it was not , in fact it is really interesting. A must if the weather is bad as you can spend quite a long time there, over the three floors. Many artifacts, even some cigarette boxes that I remember from when I was younger!!!!

  • Aquarium du Perigord Noir

    Both recreational and educational, this aquarium has 3000000 litres of water where in natural light you can watch 6000 plus fish. With more than 30 pools you make a voyage through 5 covered visiting areas. Outside there is a shop and a bar "Croc - o - Grill" and mini golf, picnic area. toilets,acces ramps for wheelchairs. Great family day out.

  • Boat trip

    When in Bergerac you must take a trip on the river, it lasts about 1 hour, and if you do not speak French you are given a book in English to translate what the skipper is saying! Whilst on the trip you pass a area where many birds nest, we saw quite a few kites soaring over head as we understood they feed on dead fish in the river. There is...

  • L'eglise Saint Jacques

    Of Roman origin, the Saint Jacques church was historically a place of rest for pilgrims following the Santiago de Compostelle route. The church was partially destroyed during the wars of religion; Louis XIV was ultimately responsible for its reconstruction. Only the clock tower above the balcony is original, but it is still an attractive building....

  • Vieux Pont

    In winters past, the Dordogne's level would rise high enough to submerge substantial parts of the lower town. The worst of the floods, in 1783, actually washed away the bridge that was later replaced by the one in this photo. The construction of dams has succeeded in preventing any recent floods. Today, the port is quite attractive, despite being...

  • L'église Notre-Dame

    The 19th-century Notre Dame Cathedral is located just on the northern outskirts of the pedestrianized vielle ville (old town) of Bergerac. The clock tower reaches 80 metres ~ making it an excellent point of reference throughout the town. The inside isn't terribly remarkable ~ but it does cast a striking image against a clear sky.

  • La Place de la Mirpe

    Bergerac has more than it's share of attractive, pedestrianized squares. La place de la Mirpe is yet another ~ this one home to a statue of Rostand's character Cyrano de Bergerac (no real connection to the town).The square is surrounded by picturesque half-timbered houses.

  • Cloitre des Recollets

    The cloister was built in 1630 and the Franciscan Recollets were first installed here with the intention of returning Bergerac to the Catholic path from which it had strayed. The galleries date from the 16th to 18th centuries. . .there's a gorgeous Paulownia tree in the corner of the cloister. Even if you're not interested in the Maison des Vins, a...

  • Maison des Vins

    The Maison des Vins is housed in a section of a 17th century cloister. The entryway into the cloister has wall displays that detail the history of wine in the region. You can follow the panels downstairs to a room where a short video loops (French and English versions are played). It is a short film, and has some beautiful scenes of the...

  • La Place Pelissiere

    This is the largest, and arguably the prettiest, square in Bergerac. There's a lovely fountain, a fantastic view of the Eglise Saint Jacques. . .and some lovely patios to sit at and enjoy your surroundings. All of the streets that lead off from this square are attractive as well. . .with some beautiful older town homes (15th and 16th century).


Bergerac Hotels

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    38 Place Gambetta, Bergerac 24100

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Atel Hotel De Bordeaux

    38 Place Gambetta, Dordogne, Bergerac, France, 241

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Le Manoir De Bellerive

    Route De Siorac, Le Buisson De Cadouin, Bergerac, 24480, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Bergerac Restaurants

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    by Canadienne Updated Mar 15, 2003

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    We came across the Blanche Hermione while wandering through the vielle ville (old town) of Bergerac, but I remembered the name from the Rough Guide. It is superb ~ a cozy, intimate atmosphere, very welcoming and attentive waiter/owner, and terrific food at decent prices.

    Favorite Dish: We had salads and a Middle Eastern plate with hummous, tzaziki and pitas. We shared a sweet Monbazillac wine. . .everything was delicious. It was pretty inexpensive and light food (especially compared to the cream-heavy dishes that are the norm).

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Bergerac Transportation

  • Gare de Bergerac

    Bergerac has its own train station that is easy to find just down from the main road on Rue de Regiment D'infanterie, also the main bus staions stand in front of the train staion, so if there is no train going to the place you want to go to , try a bus!!!

  • Ryan Air

    Fly from Liverpool to Bergerac with Ryan Air ,flight time approx 1.45, we did it for £50 return per person. No frills no fuss airline but does the job just as well as any other. 10/10 highly recommened

  • Taxi

    We had a taxi from the airport which took only minutes to arrive, then wiisked us away to the hotel. Approximate journey time was 8 - 10 mins and the cost was 12 euro, very good service, and you dont get ripped off!


Bergerac Shopping

  • Unique Gifts

    Arts Terres is a fantastic little shop owned and run by two potters ~ Caroline Vernet and Luis Jeronimo. One portion of the store is devoted to their works (for sale and some for display); another portion is available for workshops for both adults and children.Different types of earthenware and stoneware are available ~ in the form of tableware,...

  • Foie Gras & Fine Wines

    If you're interested in foie gras, there are a few specialty shops around Bergerac's vielle ville. In Sarlat, there was a harder sell in the stores, so this is a nice compromise (but I wasn't interested either way ~ it's not to my tastes).The Bergerac wines are also well-renowned ~ particularly the sweet white Monbazillac. The best place to start...

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Bergerac Local Customs

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    by ettenaj Updated Jun 18, 2006

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    Sorry about the spelling not to sure if I am right or not.............. anyway we spent a couple of hours sat watching the local men in the park playing their national game, very much the same as the English game of Bowls but slightly different, both played with extreme earnest.
    If you look closely at the picture you can see where the trees have been worn away at the base of the trunks by constants hitting from the "bowls"

    The French game of Bowls
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Bergerac Tourist Traps

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    by Canadienne Written Apr 30, 2003

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    This is simply a warning of a potential tourist trap: Bergerac has no connection with Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac. So, if you're doing a literary tour of France. . .or if you're a fan of Rostand and are hoping to find a museum in his honour, you'll be sorely disappointed.

    Unique Suggestions: The real life Savinien de Cyrano, on whom the character was loosely based, took "de Bergerac" as part of his airs. The town has happily adopted him as a lost son. . .but truthfully the statue in la Place de la Mirpe is the only sign of Cyrano to be seen.

    Fun Alternatives: Enjoy the town for what it is. . .a lovely place filled with neat architecture, a couple of good museums and a number of beautiful squares in which to sit and relax.

    Quaint Charms of Bergerac
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Bergerac Off The Beaten Path

  • Roc de Cazelle

    Anothe day trip from Bergerac In this park you will find reconstructions of prehistoric man's life in the actual places he lived. You go though caves and underground passages which were used as refuges from the prehistoric times. Then right on the cliff you come to the dwellings which were still occupied at the start of 20th century.Great day out...

  • Grotte de Villars

    Day trip from Bergerac, the Villars Grotto was discovered in 1953 by the Perigueux potholers club. It is the largest underground network in the Perigord, with more than 13kms explored to this day. The undeground river has hollowrd out huge chambers connected by huge galleries. Rain water pecolation has created beautiful natural scenery, including...

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  • Walking along the Dordogne

    I must admit we really enjoyed a walk along the banks of the river, this particular day there were many canoes on the water as there is a canoe club in Bergerac it seemed as if they were under instruction or training. If you head downstream away from the bridge you eventually come to a wier, used for power, a great and very cheap afternoons...

  • Bergerac ~ The Little Details

    The first afternoon that we spent wandering around Bergerac's vielle ville, we got so caught up in noticing the little architectural details, that the camera slipped my mind entirely. It's always nice to have a break from composing shots. . .but on the second day I felt the need to retrace some of our steps in the morning to capture the littel...

  • Bergerac ~ Architecture

    Many of the streets that run through the vieille ville are lined with stone and half-timbered houses ~ said to originally be labourers' cottages. The weather was perfect for just meandering through the mazes of lanes, admiring the architecture and private gardens.


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