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Being just 3kms from an international airport means Bergerac is, for many, the gateway to Bordeaux, Perigueux, and the rest of the Dordogne. Many of the best places to stay in Bergerac are ideal for exploring not just the vineyards, but the myriad villages with their weekly markets that adorn the surrounding countryside of this lush, rural region. But don’t overlook it because it’s easy to get to! Bergerac is one of the largest wine growing areas of the Aquitaine, and while the name may not be as prestigious, there's a lot of excellent wine being produced here.
Bergerac sits amongst picturesque hills, covered in vineyards, a beautiful old town right beside a bustling new one. It's one of the largest towns in the Dordogne, and capital of the Perigord Pourpre, a name which comes from the rich purple-y-red of of the wine which comes from these rolling hills of vines.
One of the best places to stay in Bergerac is the old town. The bit between the main square and the top of the hill - St Jacques church sits on top. Here photogenic streets open onto charming squares. Some of the best of Bergerac's medieval buildings can be seen along La rue Saint Clar. These are of the half-timbered type where the top floor hangs out over the lower level.
What not to Miss
- If you're here for Bergerac's 13 wine appellations, you'll want to start your visit at the Maison des Vins de Bergerac in the Recollets convent. As well as tastings they have an interactive display focused on the different smells of wine. From there visit the Musee du Vin et de la Batellerie, a museum to winemaking traditions, and the local river boats that once took the wine out of Bergerac to be sold. If the idea of that takes your fancy you can do an atmospheric river cruise, leaving from the Vieux Port.
- The Bergerac market is on Saturdays, and well worth organising your visit around. It's one of the most colourful markets in the Dordogne.
- Bergerac has several notable statues of Cyrano de Bergerac, complete with generous sized nose. But the town is making a lot more of this connection than they should. The real man, Hercule-Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac, the French dramatist and duelist, probably only spent two or three days here over the course of his life. And while he did have a large nose, the whopper people supposedly came from miles around to see was invented by Edmond Rostand in his play loosely based on Cyrano's life.
The best places to stay in Bergerac can get very busy and booked up in the busy summer season. So plan well ahead or else come in the quieter months when the sun is still shining!
For château living
- If you're looking for somewhere special, check into the Château les Merles. Surrounded by golf courses, vineyards and forests, this château is a fairytale type of place. It has two restaurants, a spa and outdoor pool, so it's one of the best options for people who don't want to have to leave their hotel everyday. And as well as 18 rooms within the château, there are also two villas within the complex which are perfect for families.
- The Château des Baudry offers an idyllic location, sumptuous food and delightful hosts, in a charming, comfortable setting. The five rooms all have their own fireplaces and unique antiques, plus there’s a beautiful courtyard and peaceful gardens.
- The Château des Vigiers is a vast 16th century château with 75 rooms - many with four-poster beds and all with lovely antiques. There’s a cosy spa and a Michelin starred restaurant.
For rustic chic
- La Chartreuse de Bignac is a beautiful restored country house oozing style and charm. Think rustic chic interiors, plus excellent restaurant and stunning gardens with pool.
For Great Value
- Mont d’Onel is a wonderful 13th century château-home sitting on a mound just outside Bergerac. The views of the Dordogne valley are stunning. There are just five rooms, which are priced from less than £100 per night, B&B, and plenty of charm.
For a holiday villa or apartment
- If you’d prefer to stay in a self catering apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.
- Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport is just 3kms south of Bergerac. It’s connected to London City, Stansted, Southampton, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, Liverpool, Charleroi and Rotterdam. So it’s very convenient if you’re coming from the UK or transferring in the UK.
- If you want to hire a car - which we highly recommend if you’re staying in Bergerac - we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
- Bergerac benefits from the same weather as the rest of the south of France: the many hours of sunlight, hot summers and cool winters. It’s inland, to the east of Bordeaux, and doesn’t get the cool breezes you get on the coast, but it’s not stifling, and average maximum temperatures hover around 28°C. If you do visit in summer and it rains it will probably come as a fresh relief, though come August and September you can expect a dramatic thunderstorm or two - though these can also be a pleasure if you’re watching them from indoors with a glass of wine. Autumn cools down quickly: maximum temperatures drop from around 20°C in October to 13°C in November, then during winter top temperatures are around 10°C and it can be quite wet, which is great for the grapes - but it’s still sunny, so quite an enjoyable time of year. Spring can be rainy, but it’s an extremely beautiful time of year to visit, and much quieter than summer, so if you’re looking for a quiet break maybe try spring.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Bergerac for you?
Best Hotels in Bergerac
Chartreuse Le Cariol 3 rooms from £197Bergerac (Le Cariol)
A 12th century estate, turned boutique hotel, in Leydou. From the moment you arrive the relaxed and homely vibe will draw you in. Simple and chic decor dotted with original works by the artist/owner. Chill by the pool, wander through the countryside or sample the wine cellar. Addictively good!Hideaway - The perfect retreat from it all spot, homely chilled out vibes, impromptu starlight dinners and miles of countryside to explore.Local exploring - The surrounding area has many caves, castles and ancient villages to be explored.Great walks - Ask your hosts for advice about which walks and trails to follow, they will happily guide.Swimming Pool - An outdoor pool for guestsRecommended by - Sawdays
La Chartreuse de Bignac 13 rooms from £166Bergerac (Saint-Nexans)
A charming 17th century manor house in the sprawling countryside. Luxurious and rustic rooms with attractive furnishings and private balconies. Fantastic French restaurant and organic breakfasts in the garden. Swimming pool, views, fresh air. Lots to do in the rolling hills and nearby lake.Families - There's a children's menu at the restaurant.Country EscapeSights nearby - Chateau de Monbazillac, Cyrano de Bergerac Statue.Sailing - Boating on the lake.
Château des Vigiers 75 rooms from £145Bergerac
Beautiful rooms epitomise this 16th century chateau - fourposter beds and antique furnishings. The Relais is the eco-friendly sister hotel sited next to 27 hole golf course. Cosy spa and Michelin star restaurant.Kayaking - On Dordogne RiverSwimming Pool - In RelaisGreat walks - Good for walkers.Spa
Chateau les Merles 18 rooms from £105Mouleydier, Dordogne
A dreamy sand stone chateau set in the surrounds of golf courses, vineyards and forests. Contemporary rooms in the chateau and in its two separate villas. Two fantastic restaurants, spa, swimming pool, and activities abound. Perfect spot for families, foodies, and relaxers.Families - 2 separate villas perfect for families.Gourmet - Two fantastic restaurants.FoodiesCountry EscapeRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Sawdays