Bergerac, “Town of Art and History”

A proud town nestling along the banks of the Dordogne, with regal ‘gabarres’ (traditional flat-bottomed boats) that enliven the river on a daily basis, an outstanding Renaissance-style town centre and… the ghost of Cyrano, who actually never even set foot...

Enjoy the last video clip about Bergerac !

 

A quick jaunt around the town...

Bergerac has been proudly sporting its “Town and Region of Art and History” label for a number of years now. 
And for good reason... It entices with its labyrinth of ever-so charming streets and little squares.
 Look upwards and admire the half-timbered houses, the ogival windows, the finely-worked doors. Make sure you don’t miss even the tiniest detail of the great historical anecdotes: “when Catherine of Medicis visited the town, the fountains in Rue des Fontaines were spurting wine to arouse Catholics’ passions!”
 
Moving on to Place Pélissière, you’ll be greeted by the statue of Cyrano – ah, at long last, here he is –, then on to the boatmen’s houses at Place de la Mirpe for a burst of photo shooting and, last but not least, a visit to the Tobacco Museum  where you’ll be awed by the machine that series sculpts pipe bowls, situated at the top of the building.
 

The Tourist Office provides its english speaking visitors a helpfull city map. Please come and pick it up. It' is free!

 

Old bridge in Bergerac seen from the left bank on the Dordogne
Old bridge in Bergerac seen from the left bank on the Dordogne
The statue of Cyrano
The statue of Cyrano

Here, before sitting down to eat, you’d better whet your appetite!

And, of course, when it’s time for an aperitif, why not take a stroll along the quays! Oh, and by the way, we haven’t mentioned Bergerac wines.

Ah, the wines! A visit to the Maison des Vins de Bergerac  is a must to find out all about our wines. The building itself is worth a visit: a 17th-century mansion, built around a timber and brick cloisters (the Récollets Monks Cloister). Here, you will learn all about the 13 appellations that make up this vineyard through films, a sensory space where you can have fun guessing the wine flavours and, of course, the ‘vinothèque’, the wine discovery area. A wine-tasting session will definitely enhance your knowledge! And, to put smiles on your faces, it’s absolutely free!

 

Périgord salad
Périgord salad

Take your seats... food’s ready!

Here, before sitting down to eat, you’d better whet your appetite!


First of all, a stroll through the markets is called for to... let your mouth water at the stalls of free-range chicken,  fattened duck, … Oh, and the just-picked strawberries, melons, chestnuts, walnuts … And truffles, of course, as soon as winter comes around.


Next, find yourself a delightful table in the shade of a terrace or next to an open fireplace and …


At last, enjoy ever-so simple, yet priceless pleasures, like tasting goose foie gras on a slice of golden-grilled country bread, accompanied by a glass of Monbazillac

Bergerac, its Must-Not-Misses!

  • The highly-successful Tobacco Museum relates 3,000 years’ history of this plant from its Amerindian origins up to the present day as well as its applications, some of which will definitely surprise you!

 

  • The historic centre: The Tourist Office also proposes leaflet allowing the visitors to  visit the town by themselves;  take your time and stroll between alleyways and little squares for a trip back in time that will take you to the Middle Ages.
Tobacco Museum
Tobacco Museum
Tobacco Museum
Tobacco Museum
Visits to the lanterns of Bergerac
Visits to the lanterns of Bergerac
Maison des Vins
Maison des Vins
Maison des Vins
Maison des Vins
Cloître des Récollets
Cloître des Récollets
  • The Maison des Vins: a magnificent mansion, sporting exquisite architecture, in front of Bergerac harbour. An amazing place that houses the Récollets Cloister and proposes a great selection of events. If you wish to find out all about Bergerac and Duras wines then a visit is a must.
  • Special mention goes to Wednesdays and Saturdays, the days when the traditional market is held around Notre Dame Church and outside the covered market.

 

  • For a trip along the riverbanks, just take the towpath from the harbour and follow the tracks of ‘gabarre’ deckhands from days gone by.

 



 

Market of Bergerac
Market of Bergerac
Market of Bergerac
Market of Bergerac
Quai Salvette
Quai Salvette
View of the roofs of Bergerac
View of the roofs of Bergerac
Statue of Mauro Corda Cyrano de Bergerac
Statue of Mauro Corda Cyrano de Bergerac
Statue of Mauro Corda Cyrano de Bergerac
Statue of Mauro Corda Cyrano de Bergerac
Enduro la Grappe de Cyrano
Enduro la Grappe de Cyrano
Rally of motorcycles before the start of the Enduro la Grappe de Cyrano
Rally of motorcycles before the start of the Enduro la Grappe de Cyrano
Annual Fencing Competition La Botte de Cyrano
Annual Fencing Competition La Botte de Cyrano
Theatrical fencing
Theatrical fencing
Statue of Cyrano de Bergerac by the sculptor perigourdin Jean Varoqueaux (1977).
Statue of Cyrano de Bergerac by the sculptor perigourdin Jean Varoqueaux (1977).

Cyrano de Bergerac

Although Savinien Cyrano, the real character and inspiration behind Edmond Rostand’s hero, a priori never showed his face in this Périgord town, he has nevertheless become the most famous figure of Bergerac. The town, which owes him much of its reputation, and its inhabitants pay tribute to him in a variety of ways.