A guide to the scenic town of Bergerac, France

Bergerac in southwest France is a popular destination for tourists. The old town is the most famous area, hosting beautiful quaint streets and plenty of elegant shops and cafes to explore. The most popular square for visitors is the Place Pelissiere, which is close to the river and includes an historic fountain. The town also boasts a number of prestigious buildings dating from the fourteenth century, including the buildings situated along the scenic Rue St. James.

For wine lovers, Bergerac provides plenty of opportunities for wine tasting. The historic Recollets convent building hosts an exhibition of the wine appellations in the area and people can also identify the different smells in a special interactive display. For museum lovers, the French Tobacco Museum is located in one of the most beautiful buildings in the town. It displays artefacts from as long as 3000 years ago and local historians say Louis XIII once stayed at the establishment. Tobacco and wine represent the heritage of Bergerac and played in an important role in establishing its wealth.

In terms of accommodation, some of the most popular hotels include the Hotel de Bordeaux and the Hotel de France, both of which offer rooms from just £45 to £60 per night respectively, according to booking.com. The town is relatively easy to reach via public transport, with Flybe and Ryanair providing frequent services to the town from UK airports, with prices starting at £19.99 on skyscanner.net.

Bergerac is also an excellent base from which to explore the Dordogne area, which is popular with British tourists and expats. Popular destinations for day trips include Eymet and Castilonnes, which are both less than an hour’s drive. The beautiful gardens of chateau de Montreal and the monuments of Eglise de Saint-Nicholas and Abbaye de Cadouin are also within easy reach.

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