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Best known as the home of the fictional romantic Cyrano, the relaxed town of Bergerac in the Dordogne was once an important center of the wine trade. Now a provincial market town, Bergerac is an appealing place to stay, with an attractive old town full of medieval buildings. Museums are devoted to Bergerac's traditional industries, wine and tobacco. Dordogne cuisine is celebrated annually in the July food festival, named after the town's beloved Cyrano. To find the best value Bergerac hotels, whatever your budget or preferences, use the expertise and experience of online accommodation specialist venere.com. Book Bergerac rooms in advance using the quick and easy Venere reservation system and look forward to a relaxed stay in Bergerac.
What's Bergerac Like?
The town of Bergerac developed in the Middle Ages, becoming an important port in the Dordogne wine trade. The old town retains a medieval flavor, with half timbered houses and period buildings such as the church of St Jacques, formerly a stop on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. A statue of the town's fictional hero Cyrano de Bergerac stands outside the church. Wine enthusiasts will find much of interest in Bergerac. The Musee du Vin et de la Batellerie is devoted to the wine trade and to river navigation, the complementary industries that made the town important. The Maison de Vins de Bergerac is housed in a 17th century convent with exhibits tracing the history of local wines, and occasional wine tastings. The Musee de Tabac, in the 17th century Maison Peyrarede, covers the history of the Bergerac tobacco industry. Bergerac hotels offer the perfect base for exploring the scenic Dordogne wine country.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Bergerac
Bergerac is off the main tourist trails, but has become used to the English speaking residents of the Dordogne. A few French phrases will ease your way and it helps to get into the local habit of greeting shop staff and waters with a "bonjour monsieur" before placing an order. The Perigord region of the Dordogne is famous for its rich local specialties, foie gras and truffles. They feature prominently on high end menus, but it is also possible to eat simply and well in Bergerac. The town's bistros and brasseries often offer inexpensive prix fixe menus, particularly at lunch time. The Bergerac vineyards produce excellent reds and whites. Use venere.com's system of honest and accurate guest reviews, along with photo galleries and sample room layouts, to help you narrow down our selection of Bergerac hotels to the one that best fits your needs.