The gold-hued medieval town of Bergerac on the banks of the Dordogne is the perfect spot for a relaxing weekend escape.
Surrounded by postcard-pretty villages and idyllic châteaux, this French hideaway is famed for heavenly vineyards, flower-filled hills and first-class food.
The city centre is around 3 miles (5km) from the airport, only a 10-minute drive away by taxi or bus. If you’re keen to explore the wider Dordogne Valley, a rental car is a must.
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Things To Do
For wine fans
The best of Bergerac wines can be found at Maison des Vins, in a former 17th-century monastery. Be sure to try locally produced appellation d'origine contrôlée (controlled designation of origin) wines. Or if you have a car, visit one of the 900 or so vineyards that frame the town.
Explore on water
From Bergerac’s location on the Dordogne, you can cruise in a traditional barge to enjoy the history, flora and fauna of this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Or navigate the river in a canoe if you’re feeling adventurous.
For culture lovers
Bergerac is part of the Villes d’Art et d’Histoire (artistic and historic towns) national network honouring French locales which look after their architectural, natural and industrial heritage. Dig into local history at the Musée du Tabac (tobacco museum) or Musée Costi (for swoon-worthy Greek sculpture).
Food and Drink
Bergerac’s excellent restaurants make good use of local specialities such as truffles, goats’ cheese, walnuts and foie gras. You’ll be spoilt for choice at mealtimes.