Bergerac, in the heart of the Périgord Dordogne region, surrounded by rich vineyards and rolling fields.
There is so much to discover in this small picturesque town and the fact that the whole city can be explored on foot is part of its charm.
Spend some time in this ancient city of timber-framed "bricou" buildings and hidden squares – finding the perfect spot for a Périgord feast to pair with the fine wines this region is renowned for. Pick up some les galets de la Dordogne (almonds covered in chocolate) from Rosier Castagna Laurent to enjoy on your stroll down to the River Dordogne.
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.
Then if you have time, or are planning a longer trip, hire a car and drive out into the countryside, travelling through France’s vineyards – making a point to stop off at chateaux of Monbazillac, Bridoire and Michel de Montaigne. Before visiting local villages to discover the best regional produce that will satisfy the most discerning tastes.
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 away.