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For a small-sized town in the west of France, Bergerac is unexpectedly famous. Its wine production has seen the towns name used on many a bottle of vintage wine, with Bergerac wines well-known worldwide. Set in the stunning Dordogne region, the land of black truffle, this tourist-friendly destination offers easy access to surrounding wineries, chateaux and medieval towns like Sarlat-la-Caneda.
There are two statues of the French dramatist Cyrano de Bergerac in the town centre, each with a plaque detailing his life's work. Besides being one of France's leading producers of wine, the town and wider region produces tobacco. The history of this industry is presented in the town's best museum, where ironically, smoking is not permitted.
Bergerac's surrounding areas have plenty of vineyards for tourists to discover. Winery tours, during which visitors are shown the wine-making process and given the chance to sample the wine and purchase a bottle or two, operate throughout the year. Nearby wineries are easily reached with car hire in Bergerac along with the chateaux at Losse, Beynac and Castelnaud. Medieval Sarlat-la-Caneda is just a 1 hour, 30 minute drive to the east.
Best time to visit
Bergerac has a temperate climate and as such, visitors should not feel apprehensive about a wintertime visit. However, the summer months of June through August are the preferred times to visit for most, as the warm weather is conductive to enjoying the surrounding countryside and the vineyards all open (some do not operate tours in the winter months).
Car rental in Bergerac
The most convenient pick-up point for car rental in Bergerac is Bergerac Airport. Driving in the region is straightforward, with the roads in good condition and local drivers observant of road rules. Compare car hire prices online before discovering Bergeracs surrounding countrysides many hidden beauty spots as well as its vast collection of vineyards.