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Hiring a car in Bergerac

Rent a car in Bergerac and take a tour of the cosmopolitan city, and the Dordogne and Lot et Garonne regions that border it.

60-second guide to Bergerac

In its own head...

"Visitors come to Bordeaux because they are looking for the real France.”

...but more realistically

There are plenty of other towns and cities in France that would dispute this claim, but there is undeniably a traditional French charm to Bergerac.

The vibe

A relaxed holidaying vibe, for the most part. There are numerous cafes and high quality boutiques to mooch around in between meals.

The natives

The locals are sophisticated, smart and proud of their town. Expect a warm welcome.

The weather

During the summer months temperatures regularly push into the 30s and the mild evenings are a true Bergerac pleasure. It gets a bit nippy in winter, mind.

The local speciality

Bergerac is known for its commitment to quality dining and the offerings are rich. Expect to see game, truffles and foie gras on the menu.

The celebrity

Though his name suggests otherwise, the famous 17th century dramatist and duelist Cyrano de Bergerac wasn't actually from Bergerac. This didn't stop the town erecting two statues in his honour – you’ll find them at the Place de la Mirpe and the Place Pélissière.

Did you know?

The area isn't just famous for the delicious wines, but also the tobacco. It's one of the most important growing areas in France.

They say

“White, grey or ochre, our “old” stones invite you on an amazing and fascinating trip to discover an exceptional heritage.” - Bergerac Tourism

5 to see in town...

1. Chateau de Bridoire

Watch craftsmen at work as they carefully restore this once ruined chateau. There is plenty to see and do here including medieval games for the little ones and a café to take lunch and enjoy the surrounds in.

Where to park:

Parking is available onsite.

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2. St Jacques Church

After all of the excitement of water parks, head somewhere a little more serene and mature, like this church - it's Romanesque and boasts a particularly impressive organ.

Where to park:

Use the Quai Salvette car park. Limited free street parking is also available outside the church.

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3. Bergerac Market

There are plenty of markets throughout Bergerac on different days. Visit this one outside the church of Notre-Dame on Wednesdays and Saturdays for local foods, crafts and basket making.

Where to park:

Street parking is available within walking distance of the stalls.

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4. L'Enfance de Lard

This is one of the area's most celebrated restaurants, beautifully set in a 12th-century house in the old quarter. Try the seafood.

Where to park:

Use Le Port car park in Quai Salvette or the Bellegarde Town Centre car park in Rue Saint-Esprit.

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5. Bergerac Museum of Religious Art

Housed in a 17-century building, this boasts lots of artefacts, sculptures and religious paintings.

Where to park:

You can park your hire car in any of the car parks in the town centre, including in the Place de la Republique and the Place Gambetta.

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and 4 to drive to...

1. Lanquais

Not far from Bergerac is this quaint little village - home to a couple of nice chateaus and beautiful old houses. There's also a lake that you can swim in.

How to get there:

Go east on the D660. It should take about 25 minutes to get to Lanquais.

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2. Maxange Caves

Nothing keeps youngsters fascinated and agog like a creepy batch of caves, and these ones won't disappoint. The drive there is a scenic one, too.

How to get there:

It takes about 45 minutes to get to Le Buisson-de-Cadouin on the D660, which is the nearest town to the caves (half a mile away).

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3. Parc en Ciel

Perfect for an entire day out with the children, this place has got picnic spots, adventure playgrounds, mini golf and more.

How to get there:

Head out of Bergerac on the D14/D207. It should take around an hour to get there.

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4. Parc naturel régional des Causses du Quercy

Take the hire car for a scenic drive out to this country park just a couple of hours away from Bergerac. Pack a picnic and a blanket and enjoy a few hours of peace and quiet under a blue sky.

How to get there:

Head east out of the city on the D660 highway. Turn left at Saint-Médard onto the D13 and follow this road all the way to the park.

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