Saturday, 1 December 2007

Bergerac, Dordogne

Bergerac is a market town and a sous-préfecture of the Dordogne département in France. Population (1999): 26,053.  It is between 40 and 50km from Saint-Cernin-de-l'Herm.

The region is often called the "Gateway to the Périgord". Bergerac is home to beautiful cobbled streets and greenery. Despite widespread devastation during the Wars of Religion when most of its Protestant inhabitants fled abroad, Bergerac is still an attractive market town.  The old quarter and the old harbour are particularly delightful boasting late-medieval houses and drinking fountains on street corners.   The town comes alive on market days (Wednesday & Saturday) when you'll see an array of excellent local produce on display.  Try to get hold of some of the white, velvety Montbazillac wine which is often drunk on special occasions.  For the connoisseurs among you head to the slopes north of the river where you'll find small wine growers producing some excellent red Bergeracs.

Bergerac is a useful stopover for the prehistoric sites & the Vezere Valley (see also Perigueux and Sarlat for attractions).

Bergerac is served by an airport (code EGC), which has internal flights, and routes to many UK airports including London Stansted Airport.  Bergerac has an SNCF station with regular services to Bordeaux and Sarlat-la-Canéda.

Bergerac

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