Located on the River Dordogne and surrounded by old mansions, Bergerac features one of the best selections of cafes and restaurants in France. It’s a great starting point for touring the Dordogne region, with its green valleys, low hills and lots of sunshine.
Bergerac is home to some of the best wines in France, which are less well known than some of their counterparts and therefore don’t cost as much. If you are in the region, visit one of the vineyards and sample their superb wines in beautiful surroundings. Wines to consider bringing home include: Château Belingard, Châtreau d’Yvigne and Château Monplaisir.
Bergerac, the old city
The beautiful, historical city of Bergerac invites you to an absorbing, picturesque visit. Take your time strolling through the lanes bordered by woodworked homes and several residences of yesteryear. During this promenade through the centuries, you’ll live life at the place of the Dordogne, the “river Expectation”. Cyrano awaits you ! … for Bergerac wine tasting or a ride in a traditional barge.
Maison des Vins de Bergerac
For those with a passion for ancient buildings, there is a XVIIth century cloister, in the heart of the old town of Bergerac. For those with a passion for wine, the exposition “Le Vin est Voyage” will take you far and abroad. A movie retraces for you the history of Bergerac wines and its 13 appellations, with its special sensorial effects room, rounded off with a wine tasting. This is starting point on the wine trail.
Château de Monbazillac
Discover Bergerac’s most renowned wine and what makes this appellation so special, known from XIth century. Overlooking hillside vineyards, the château (classified as Historical Monument from the the XVIth century) holds the history of local protestantism and features a fine collection of XVIIth century furniture and the museum of vine and wine.
Les Grottes de Maxange
Maxange Caves, discovered in August 2000 at Le Buisson de Cadouin (Dordogne -Périgord). The unique concentration of calcite formations makes the site the only one of its kind in the world. The cave lighting has been done with the utmost care, and the most up-to-date techniques have been used to create a spectacular display that brings out the magical effect of light playing on the crystallizations.