Flight time: 2 hours*
Average temperatures: 7 to 22°C
Currency: Euro (€)
Time: GMT +1 hour
Bienvenue to Bergerac, the heart of Bastide country. A staging point for Pilgrim’s since the 12th century, this part of the Perigord is all rolling vineyards, timber clad houses, fascinating markets, and chateaux. The gluggable gateway to southwest France, with its 12 recognised AOCs (Appellations d’origine contrôlée) Bergerac is an oenophile’s delight.
Bergerac itself might be little, but it comes rich in reputation. Perhaps most famous for the literary character Cyrano de Bergerac - whose prominent beak features largely across the town - breeze through Southampton airport and fly in, because Bergerac has plenty to nose about.
The best way to enjoy it is by bike, foot or boat. Nestled on the northern bank of the Dordogne River, the old town’s narrow alleyways and winding cobblestone streets entice visitors into pretty art galleries, chocolatiers and farmers markets. Or explore the waterways in a traditional gabarre.
Bergerac-Roumaniere airport lies southeast of the city centre. Fly to Bergerac from Southampton and use it as access the major tourist routes and cities across the Dordogne and Perigord. Sarlat, Agen and Marmande are all only an hour’s drive way.
Top things to see and do
Off the beaten track
*All flight times are average and will vary.