For the keen golfer several other golf courses are in the Dordogne region, most golf courses are within easy reach, for instance the famous championship course at Château de Vigiers (18 hole par 72 and 9 hole par 36). Other golf courses
in the neighborhood are the Golf and Country Club Villeneuve (18 hole par 72, 9 hole par 31). Château Les Merles (9 hole par 36).
The Dordogne and the Vézère rivers offer either tranquil, or exciting canoeing. There is a riding stable very close to us, near the Château de Bridoire and there are masses of roads and tracks to walk or bicycle on.
BERGERAC is our main town and is situated in the heart of the Périgord Dordogne region, on the west coast of France. The ancient city of Bergerac is compact in size and characterised by its elegant Renaissance buildings that sit alongside those dating from medieval times. Gourmet restaurants, street entertainment and the fact that almost all of the city can be seen on foot is part of its charm. Bergerac is renowned for its wine, and a short trip to the outskirts of the city reveals a landscape of vineyards that produce some of the world’s finest vintages.
The City of Bergerac is a modern little city that celebrates a long history. It centers on its old river port where rows of medieval half-timbered houses that lean over narrow alleyways, such as in Saint-Clar Street, vie for attention with the elegant 17th century houses in places like the Rue l’Ancien-Pont. Swans on the Dordogne river, parterres of lagerstroemia flowers dotted around its squares, including the city’s largest square the Pélissière Place, and numerous little shops that draw the innocent visitor inside with ease add to its charm.
A gentle walk around the city will reveal interesting museums, such as the Musée du Tabac and the Maison des Vins, tourist attractions like the statue of Cyrano de Bergerac, the hero of Edmond Rostand famous comedy, and plenty of street markets buzzing with activity. Then, of course, there are Bergerac’s restaurants that come to life in the evenings. It is possible to enjoy the finest truffles or wild boar with one of Bergerac’s world-famous wines, including its Monbazillac and Côtes de Bergerac.
DO & SEE
La Maison Des Vins De Bergerac: As the headquarters of the regional wine council, the Maison has exhibits on the history of wine produced in the region, along with vintages to purchase. It is housed in a striking 17th century former monastery.
Musée Costi: A museum containing bronze statues and busts by sculpturer Constantin Papachristopoulos (Costi) displayed in the atmospheric caves of the Prèsbytere Saint Jacques, a Romanesque style church. It is found close to the Pélissière Place.
The Bergerac Tobacco Museum, housed in Pyrarede House, a turreted building in old Bergerac, has five main exhibitions areas on the discovery of tobacco, its social history, painting, craftsmanship and the city’s connections.
Themed Guided Visits: Newly launched by the Office de Tourisme Bergerac, this series of tours are themed on history, architecture, the Dordogne River, vineyards and local specialities
Vineyard Tour: The chance to visit the vineyards in a three-hour train trip organised by the Office de Tourisme Bergerac, with talks and demonstrations on wine-making, together with wine tasting.
HISTORY & CULTURE
Saint-Émilion: Food and most famous French wines are ready to be discovered.
Cloister of Cadouin: A Cistercian abbey on the UNESCO world heritage list, located on the Camino de Santiago pilgrim ways
Eating out in Bergerac is not so much a special occasion as a necessity. It is renowned for its dedication to gastronomy. Numerous restaurants, cafés and crêperies serve everything from flavour some light meals to glorious presentations of several courses – and, of course, accompanied with some of the world’s finest wines. Look out for tourins, a local soup, truffles and foie gras. The area is known for its wild boar, partridge, hare, quail, duck, geese and trout, all of which will feature on almost all restaurant menus. Prices will start from around € 15 for a light meal.
BARS CAFES & NIGHTLIFE
The bars in Bergerac are varied from cosy, atmospheric little venues with memorabilia of its wine-making history to the ultra modern styles that are now emerging. All tend to be lively. Bergerac does have a couple of nightclubs for those seeking a hectic nightlife, and one cinema, the Cinema le Cyrano, but most of its evening entertainment focuses around its restaurants.
While Bergerac has lots of little speciality shops where locals and tourists alike can find designer fashions, china, glassware, jewellery and perfumes, the city revolves around its food and wines. At almost every turn, and on most days of the week, Bergerac hosts markets that are not so much a place to purchase the freshest of food or antiques but a social event at which to catch up with friends.
The food markets are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays to around midday in the Notre-Dame church and Sainte-Catherine area, and the covered market close-by. At the Place de la Madeleine there’s a farmers’ market style event on Fridays to around noon, while Tuesdays see an organic food market at the Place Doublet. Fresh fruit and vegetables along with cheeses, truffles and meats, vinaigrettes, herbs and, of course, local wine can all be purchased. There are also summer markets, candle lit evening markets and flea markets. The Place Gambetta hosts a general market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The office Tourisme Bergerac in the Rue Neuve d’Argenson has a handy leaflet detailing all the markets, their times and venues.
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