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Bergerac is the capital of the southern part of the Dordogne, Périgord Pourpre, named after the colors of its wines. The town is considered one of the best places to base yourself while exploring the Dordogne region. Not only does it have a stunning and very lively city center but Bergerac is also surrounded by an impressive number of medieval villages, castles, and wineries. There are plenty of amazing day trips from Bergerac and I’m here to tell you about it. 

To be able to explore the region properly I highly recommend renting a car. However, if you don’t want to go through that hassle I also suggested a few amazing day trips from, Bergerac you can do by train. 
If you’re looking for what to do and eat in Bergerac, check out this travel guide with all my personalized recommendations.

 Limeuil one of the most beautiful villages near Begerac
Beautiful villages near Bergerac

Best day trips from Bergerac by car 

Visit le Château de Monbazillac for wine-tasting

Château de Monbazillac is one of the most stunning, imposing castles of Perigord Pourpre and is located only about 10 minute’s drive from Bergerac. It’s a must-see when you visit the region both for its wines and for its architecture. 

wine tasting at Chateau de Monbazillac near Bergerac
Chateau de Monbazillac – by Lost in Bordeaux

The Monbazillac wine appellation is renowned worldwide for its sweet white, with Château de Monbazillac being the focal point of this appellation. One of the best things to do when visiting Bergerac is a few hours’ trip to the chateau for wine tasting. While you’re there, take some time to discover the interior of the gorgeous chateau and the charming garden. 

Check out the ticket website here.

Apart from the traditional winery at Château de Monbazillac, you can also enjoy a variety of interactive activities in the Monbazillac vineyards such as electric scooters (a longer version of the same trip), quad biking, and more.

Visit one of the best markets in the region in Issigeac

Issigeac is one of the most charming villages in Perigord, which is well worth a visit when in the region. However, the main attraction is the famous Sunday morning market which is one of the best and most beautiful markets in the southwest of France.

Issigeac - one of the best markets in Dorogne
Issigeac market – Lost in Bordeaux

Rows and rows of colorful stalls selling cheese, strawberries, nuts, wine, handmade picnic baskets, flowers, fresh bread, and much more are spread all over the cobblestone streets of this beautiful medieval town. 

If you’re traveling in the Bergerac area on a Sunday, this market is a must. Just be sure to be there early as the market gets very busy and crowded after 11 am. 

Eymet and Chateau de Bridoire 

This cute little village with its picturesque houses and abundance of restaurants is a great option for a day trip from Bergerac. Eymet is a typical bastide or fortified town that was founded in the 13th century by Alphonse de Poitiers, the Count of Toulouse.

Eymet - a beautiful Bastide town near Bergerac
Eymet – by Lost in Bordeaux

Bastide towns can be recognized by their arched central squares that were commonly built in the southwest of France between the 12th and the 14th centuries by both French and English kings. These were new towns (or “villes neuves” in French), built to encourage settlements of empty areas. There are many of them in the old Gascony region with most being small sleepy towns. 

Eymet, however, is a rather lovely, lively little town with plenty of restaurants and a small cultural scene. Ironically, while the town was originally established by the French as part of a defensive strategy against an English invasion, today it’s one of the most “British” towns in Dordogne with 20% of the local residents being British.

As you stroll through the charming lanes, don’t miss the beautiful temple on Rue du Temple and the cute flowery passage between Rue du Temple and Rue Portanel.
On your way back to Bergerac, you have to stop at the beautiful, fun-filled Château de Bridoire, which is one of the best day trips for kids in the whole region. It’s known as Le Château des Jeux, the castle of games. You can read more about this fascinating chateau in my article about the best castles to visit in Dordogne.

Chateau de Bridoire

A day trip to Limeuil – one of France’s most beautiful villages 

Dordogne has plenty of stunning villages to offer to the point where it can be hard to choose which ones to visit if you’re short on time. One of my favorites, however, is Limeuil which is located only a 45-minute drive from Bergerac, so it’s perfect for a quick day trip.

Limeuil is a medieval town, built at the confluence of the Dordogne and Vézère rivers and used to be an important port town. You can spend a full day here, exploring the stone houses on the small side streets rising from the banks of the river to the top of the hill. I dare to say that Limeuil is the most beautiful village in the region of Purple Perigord or at least the one with the most beautiful views. 

Limeuil - one of the most beautiful villages near Bergerac
Limeuil – Lost in Bordeaux

If there’s one thing you shouldn’t miss in Limeuil is its beautiful panoramic garden (Jardins Panoramiques de Limeuil). On top of the impressive vegetation in the garden, you’ll also get to enjoy a stunning panoramic view of both the Dordogne and Vézère Rivers. 

If you’re up to something more active you can go kayaking on one of the rivers.  Aquafun Canoes Dordogne, which is located on the port of Limeuil is one of the companies offering kayaking and canyoning in this region (see other kayaking options in my article about kayaking in Dordogne). 

If you find yourself going to Limeuil on a hot day, you can cross the Dordogne river to the other side and enjoy the nice little beach called Plage de Limeuil.

The beach in Limeuil one of the best day trips from Bergerac
The beach in Limeuil – Lost in Bordeaux

Wine tasting near Bergerac 

While Bergerac wine is not as famous as the Bordeaux wine region around the world, locals and wine professionals know all about the Bergerac wines. They are excellent value for money and great for a change from the more upmarket Bordeaux wines. Bergerac wines are often softer and easier to drink for everyday pleasure than wines you would age for a long time.

Bergerac is home to thirteen different appellations, the most famous being Monbazillac, alongside Bergerac AOC, Montravel AOC, and more. Whether you like red, white, or rosé, you can find it all around Bergerac!

Wine tasting near Bergerac – Lost in Bordeaux

There are quite a few wineries to visit near Bergerac. Here are my personal recommendations: 

Domaine du Haut Pécharmant – one of the most familiar names in the Bergerac wine region located about 10 minutes drive from the city center.

Château Feely – an excellent organic and bio-dynamic winery owned by a lovely couple from Johannesburg. 

Château de Tiregand – another great wine from the Pécharmant appellation, located in a stunning chateau that often hosts events and activities for kids.

A visit to a caviar farm in Neuvic 

One of the local delicacies that this part of Dordogne is known for is caviar. Did you know you can actually visit the farm that produces it? Talk about a unique outing!

A visit to a Caviar farm in Neuvic Dordogne
Cavian de Neuvic – Lost in Bordeaux

Their tour is very enjoyable for both kids and adults. Visiting the farm I got to discover how the Sturgeons are raised and how caviar is produced and taste it of course. Here’s something interesting I discovered there: did you know that France is the 3rd biggest producer of Caviar in the world?!

The Caviar de Neuvic farm offers a variety of visits, including a brunch at the farm. You can even do a master class tasting! They are great hosts and it’s a very fun and interactive experience I highly recommend it.

Canoeing on the Dordogne river

This is one of my all-time favorite activities in Dordogne! It’s great for couples, friends, and families. 

If you’re staying in Bergerac you have a few options when it comes to canoe/ kayak tours. You can either drive in the Bordeaux direction to Club FJEP de Pessac-sur-Dordogne. The club also has a fun bar where you can have a drink with a stunning river view. 

The other option is doing it when you’re visiting Limeuil, where you can find the Canoës Limeuil club on the beach. 

Canoës Limeuil club - canoeing on the Dordogne river
Canoës Limeuil club – Lost in Bordeaux

Here’s my comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about kayaking in the Dordogne where all your questions will be answered!

Visit the castle of Montagne 

The stunning Château de Montaigne, located about 45 minutes drive from Bergerac and built in the 14th century. It’s mostly known as the former residence of philosopher and thinker Michel de Montaigne, an important figure in French and regional history. 

However, even if you’ve never heard of Montaigne before, this is simply a magnificent castle to visit. If you’re staying in Bergerac, It can be a fun day trip for the whole family with fun activities ranging from wine tastings to games for kids on special occasions throughout the year.

You can choose to do a guided tour of the castle and learn about its history or simply walk around the gardens on a sunny day. You can snack on delicious cheese and charcuterie platters or buy some wines and souvenirs and the castle boutique.

Monpazier and Château de Biron

Monpazier is one of the most impressive bastide towns in the southwest of France, labeled as one of France’s most beautiful villages. A slice of paradise for history fans, the town has remained practically untouched since its creation in 1284. The few new cafés and boutiques match the ancient architecture perfectly and are a great spot from which to enjoy the view of the village’s main square.

If you consider the Monpazier as a day trip from Bergerac, try to combine it with a visit to the Biron castle, located within less than 10 minutes drive from the stunning village. You can see the majestic castle from far away, high on the hilltop overlooking the lush green countryside below. 

Biron originates in the 12th century and was originally a fortress for defense purposes, but underwent a makeover in the Renaissance style after the Hundred Years War. Every century’s styles are still visible today in the mixed architecture of the buildings.

During the summer months, both Château de Biron and the village of Monpazier host the fantastic Bergerac Music Festival, also known as Festival du Périgord Pourpre – “L’Ete Musical en Bergerac”.

Les Jardins de Sardy 

I already recommended the beautiful gardens of Limeuil, but if you’re really passionate about French gardens, then this is the one for you.

Located about 35 minutes by car from Bergerac, Les Jardins de Sardy are built around a fortified 18th-century Italian-style farm and underwent a total facelift in the mid-1900s. The land was acquired by the Imbs in 1956, who worked hard to turn it into a stunning English garden. Today, it is run by the son Frédéric Imbs and his family, who have opened the gardens to the public. 

Les Jardins de Sardy - gardens to visit when visiting Dordogne
Les Jardins de Sardy – Lost in Bordeaux

If you wan tot read more about the Sardy gardens, go to my article about the most beuatiufl gardens in Dordogne

Finish off your visit to the gardens at the sweet café for a drink and a view over the peaceful greenery. Les Jardins de Sardy are open every day from May to September. In summer they sometimes host classical music concerts in the gardens, which make for a very romantic outing.

Grottes de Maxange

You don’t want to miss one of the most breathtaking caves in Dordogne. Situated about 50 minutes’ drive from Bergerac, Les Grottes de Maxange is one of the most interesting geological sites in the center of Dordogne. The caves, covered with thousands of speleothems looking like crystals, were discovered in 2000 and are supposedly date back 60 million years. 

Grottes de Maxange
Grottes de Maxange – Lost in Bordeaux

Les Grottes de Maxange are located in le Buisson-de-Cadouin, a small town with a very famous abbey that is well worth a visit. It’s a perfect spot for a hot summer’s day because the temperature inside as you wander through remains a cool 13 degrees Celsius/55 degrees Fahrenheit. 

There is parking onsite as well as a fun boutique where you can buy crystals and other mineral souvenirs, a bar to stop for a drink and a snack, and a kids’ play area. I recommend booking your tickets online to avoid any potential queues in the summer months.

The castle and village of Duras

Duras is a charming little town in the Lot et Garonne department known for its imposing chateau and its wine. Located only 45 minutes’ drive from Bergerac, this small but very buzzing village hosts plenty of events. One of the best night markets takes place in the town center every Thursday during the summer. While you’re there, don’t miss the Maison des Vins de Duras, to try and buy some of the excellent local wine.

Night markets in the Southwest of France
Night markets in the Southwest of France (Duras) – Lost in Bordeaux

The Château de Duras has a great 4G screen that projects beautiful light shows onto the castle and attracts many tourists to the village three times a week during the summer season for open-air entertainment. Each school holiday and all through summer, there are plenty of fun activities at the castle.

Best day trips from Bergerac by train 

Here’s a map that will help you understand which towns in the area are connected by train. From there, plan your train trips accordingly and get around France the local way! It’s also better for the environment and a fun experience.

Visit wineries in Saint Emilion 

Saint-Émilion is a breathtaking medieval village located midway between Bordeaux and Bergerac. It’s famous worldwide for its prestigious wine and indeed, when in the region, a visit to Saint-Émilion can’t be missed!

what to do in Saint emilion
The center of Saint Emilion

Here’s my ultimate guide on a day trip to the beautiful village and all the things you can’t miss. If you’re planning on visiting one or more wineries in Saint-Émilion, check out this article about the best chateaux to visit in Saint Emilion..

You can easily get there by train from Bergerac – the quickest and easiest way. Buy your tickets here.

A day trip to Sarlat for a market day 

No visit to the Dordogne region is complete without at least a few hours in the stunning capital of Périgord Noir. Here’s an article on what to do, eat, and drink in Sarlat with detailed information about the most famous squares and cafés, the sights to see, and the best places to enjoy local delicacies like foie gras, walnuts, cheese, and wine.

Le Badaud de Sarlat - one the most interesting monuments in Sarlat
Le Badaud de Sarlat – by Lost in Bordeaux

Sarlat-la-Canéda is stunning every day of the year but the best days to visit it are Wednesday and Saturday, the market days. Sarlat is known as one of the best markets in Dordogne, but I must add here that it’s one of my favorites in the whole Southwest of France. You can even take a gourmet market tour in case you want to explore the local cuisine in more depth.

You can easily reach Salrat by train from Bergerac, so there’s no excuse not to visit this magnificent medieval town! Check out tickets here

A day trip to Bordeaux – the capital of the Southwest 

I may be biased because I live in Bordeaux but I think it’s one of the most exciting, beautiful cities in France. There’s so much to see, do, eat, drink, and taste! And it’s a great city to visit with or without kids – there’s something for everyone. 

The beautiful town of Bordeaux
The center of Bordeaux – Lost in Bordeaux

As someone who lives and writes about Bordeaux, I think you need at least a weekend to discover Bordeaux and its surrounding sights. But if all you have is one day, then a day trip to the capital of the southwest is definitely worth it!

In a day you can check out the historically covered Capucins market, taste some cannelés (traditional cinnamon pasties), cool off at the Miroir d’Eau, check out one of the state-of-the-art museums, and eat great food at one of the countless restaurants the city has to offer.

I’ve summed up the things you can’t miss when you have one day in Bordeaux in this article.

The same train line you take to Saint Emilion continues to Bordeaux, you can buy tickets here.

I have plenty of other articles about the Dordogne you may find useful when planning your trip, so be sure to check them out!

Where to stay in Dordogne
What to do in Bergerac
What to do, see and eat in Sarlat
The most beautiful villages to visit in Dordogne 
The best castles (chateaux) to visit in Dordogne
The most beautiful gardens in Dordogne
The best things to do with kids in Dordogne
The most beautiful villages in Purple Perigord
The best places to do Kayaking on the Dordogne River
A day trip to Eymet, a beautiful village in Dordogne.

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Bergerac, a stunning town located in the Purple Perigord (Périgord Pourpre) region of the Dordogne department in SW France. The town boasts a beautiful medieval old town with winding lanes, charming squares, and cute boutiques. This article will help you plan the best trip to the region, with tips on what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in Bergerac.

Bergerac is labeled as a Ville d’art et d’histoire (Towns of Art and History) and that should tell you all you need to know about the myriad of cultural visits and activities. A maze of medieval streets and squares with half-timbering houses and pointed windows are just a couple of the architectural visions you won’t want to miss.

The stunning towm of Bergerac in Dordogne
Magical Bergerac – by Lost in Bordeaux

Historically, Bergerac was a very important port town due to its strategic location on the banks of the Dordogne. This made it an economic power in France at the time as many wines and other French products were exported through Bergerac, to Bordeaux, and across the Atlantic.

If you have more time to spend around Bergerac don’t miss my articles about the best day trips from Bergerac, Sarlat, the most beautiful villages, gardens, and castles in Dordogne. Also, check out my article about the best places to stay in Dordogne.

Best things to do in Bergerac

Discover the old town of Cyrano 

Take a stroll around the beautiful streets of the old town. You’ll see ancient timbered houses, the charming Place de la Mirpe, the buzzing Place du Docteur Cayla, and beautiful architecture. The narrow, cobblestone roads are flanked by colorful flowerbeds and charming cafés. Follow this map from the tourist office if you want a quick look at the best things to see (you can get a physical copy of it at the tourist office). 

The charming houses of Bergerac
The charming houses of Bergerac – by Lost in Bordeaux

The town is often known for an odd but famous story about French satirist and dramatist, Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac. He wrote works combining political satire and science-fantasy in the early- to mid-1600s. There are two beautiful statues of him in his 17th-century clothing and with his hat and big nose in Bergerac and many tourists line up to take photos with them. 

Savinien  Cyrano de Bergerac
Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac – by Lost in Bordeaux

But here’s the funny part of the story – Cyrano de Bergerac never actually lived in, or even visited, the town of Bergerac in the Périgord! Cyrano was born in Paris and decided to add de Bergerac (the town his parents came from) to his name to impress people. 

Embark on a wine education at Les Maisons des Vins 

Les Maisons des Vins de Bergerac is located on the Quai Cyrano along the river in the stunning, 17th-century Cloître des Récollets. The impressive space brings together wine, culture, and tourism so there’s something for everyone! During the day wine tastings are free so don’t miss out on a chance to try the Bergerac or Duras wines.

Cloître des Récollets - taste wine in Bergerac
Cloître des Récollets – by Lost in Bordeaux

In the evening (starting at 18:00) they open their wine bar, which is an absolute must when in Bergerac. Grab a table on the terrace for a stunning view of the river or in the beautiful courtyard and snack on tapas as you enjoy local wines. Opening hours can be found here.

Les Maisons des Vins de Bergerac
Les Maisons des Vins de Bergerac – Lost in Bordeaux

Enjoy a bike trip on Quai Cyrano

The river bank known as Quai Cyrano is one of the most charming parts of Bergerac. You can take a stroll to enjoy the sights, but cycling along the river is much more fun! You can rent bikes for a fairly low price at the tourist office of Bergerac. 

a cycling path on Quai Cyrano Bergerac
Cycling in Bergerac – by Lost in Bordeaux

If you enjoy cycling, there is a 38km “voie verte” – a safe, green cycling path along the Dordogne River that offers beautiful scenery and a nice little workout. You can see all the details here.

Another option is an easy 2-hour bike trail from the tourist office to Parc de Pombonne (which I’ll talk about later). Check it out here. There are other tours you can do if you have a bike for a few days. See more trails and paths here.

Need to rent a bike in Bergerac? Here are more details about the opening hours and prices. 

Indulge in local delicacies at the market

Bergerac has a great covered market, called la Halle de Bergerac, in the city center. Currently undergoing renovations, the new market, which will reopen in November 2023, is expected to be a fantastic, buzzing spot for food, drinks, and fun. 

Local produce at the Bergerac market
Local produce at the Bergerac market – Lost in Bordeaux

For now, however, you can enjoy the open market which is one of the best markets in Purple Perigord. Bergerac is strategically located between many famous agricultural areas in Dordogne, Gironde, and Lot et Garonne. That means you’ll find all the best local products from walnuts to duck products, wines and sweet treats, and the best fruits and vegetables in the region. 

The weekly market takes place all year long every Wednesday and Saturday morning at Place Gambetta and around the church from 7 am to 1 pm.

Weekly market in Bergerac
The weekly market of Bergerac – by Lost in Bordeaux

In the summer you can also enjoy a special summer market, Les Estivales: Les Tablées du Terroir, which usually takes place on Monday evenings at Port de Bergerac Quai Salvette. There’s a variety of delicious regional food and live music concerts, perfect for sunset drinks and dinners. As you know by now, the French love night markets in summer, and there are many to be found in this foodie region! You can see other night markets in the region here or here.

Savor delicious wine at Château de Monbazillac 

Château de Monbazillac is one of the most stunning, imposing castles of Perigord Pourpre and is located only about 10 minute’s drive from Bergerac. It’s a must-see when you visit the region both for its wines and for its architecture. 

Chateau de Monbazillac - visit wineries near Bergerac
Château de Monbazillac – by Lost in Bordeaux

The Monbazillac wine appellation is renowned around the world for its sweet white, with Château de Monbazillac being the focal point of this appellation. One of the best things to do when visiting Bergerac is a few hours’ trip to the chateau for wine tasting. While you’re there, take some time to discover the interior of the gorgeous chateau and the charming garden. 

You can book your visit to Château de Monbazillac –  here.

Apart from the traditional winery at Château de Monbazillac, you can also enjoy a variety of interactive activities in the Monbazillac vineyards such as electric scooters (a longer version of the same trip), quad biking, and more.

Stroll through one of the best markets in the region in Issigeac

Issigeac is one of the most charming villages in Perigord, which is well worth a visit when in the region. However, the main attraction is the famous Sunday morning market, one of the best and most beautiful markets in the southwest of France.

Issigeac - one of the best markets in Dorogne
Issigeac market – Lost in Bordeaux

Rows and rows of colorful stalls selling cheese, strawberries, nuts, wine, handmade picnic baskets, flowers, fresh bread, and much more are spread all over the cobblestone streets of this beautiful medieval town. 

If you’re traveling in the Bergerac area on a Sunday, this market is a must. Just be sure to be there early as the market gets very busy and crowded after 11 am. 

Take a dip in Lac de Pombonne 

Five minutes’ drive from the center of Bergerac will get you to the Pombonne park where you’ll find a beautiful lake with a swimming beach. That’s where the locals go in the summer months and it’s perfect to cool down if you’re visiting in summer but want to escape the heat of the town center. There are toilets and a play area for kids nearby.

Lac de Pombonne - a lake beach in Bergerac
Lac de Pombonne – by Lost in Bordeaux

There’s a great beach restaurant with delicious food by the lake called La Guinguette de Pombonne. If you want to have a table in the summer, be sure to reserve a spot. Every Friday, there are live music concerts at the Guinguette which you can enjoy even if you didn’t book a table. They also offer takeaway which you can take to the beach.

Visit one of Bergerac’s impressive museums 

Bergerac is labeled as the city of arts and history and there’s always something there to remind you of that, from the statutes on the streets to the fascinating museums in the city center. 

Bergerac labeled as Ville d'art et d'histoire
Art in Bergerac – Lost in Bordeaux

Start your trip with a visit to Dordonha, a free art museum located in the historic center of Bergerac. There are three exhibitions, all located in a stunning building. The first one is the Costi Museum which displays a collection of bronze and plaster sculptures. The first floor is dedicated to the Center for the Interpretation of Architecture and Heritage with an immersive exhibition that details the long history of Bergerac. The museum is open from July to September – see the opening hours here

Dordonha museum in Bergerac
Costi Museum in Bergerac – by Lost in Bordeaux

Another interesting museum to visit if you have time (but is not a must-see if you only have one day in Bergerac) is the Musée du Tabac, situated at the stunning Maison Peyrarède. The museum tells the history of the tobacco industry in the region and the history of the plant in general. Note that the explanations are in French.

Embark on a Gabarre boat journey on the historic Dordogne river

Gabarre boats are traditional riverboats that were historically used for transporting goods along the Dordogne River. Today the Gabarres are popular for leisure cruises, offering visitors a unique way to explore the picturesque Dordogne River and transporting them back in time. It’s one of the most charming and unique ways to discover the history of Bergerac. 

The tour starts at Quai Salvette and operates from April to October. During the summer there’s a high demand for these tours so reserving your places ahead of time is highly recommended. You can see all the details, including opening hours and ticket prices here.

Discover one of the Bastide towns of Dordogne

Bastides are fortified towns that were built all over this region, known as Gascogne at the time, during the 13th and 14th centuries. The Dordogne department is home to ten bastide towns, some of which are located close enough to Bergerac for a little day trip!

There is usually a main square with arcades dividing the town into different blocks. Today, many of the bastide towns have turned those squares into lively spots with cute cafés, boutiques, and brocades. Some of them have been ranked in the official listing of France’s most beautiful villages.

The closest one to visit near Bergerac is Eymet, a charming village where you’ll certainly be able to find your way around speaking English as many Brits own properties here. The town offers plenty of restaurants, fun summer events, and a weekly market every Thursday. Read my article about Eymet before you go there on a day trip from Bergerac. 

Eymet - a beautiful Bastide town near Bergerac
Eymet – by Lost in Bordeaux

If you don’t mind a little drive, I highly recommend visiting Monpazier, another stunning bastide, which is labeled as one of France’s most beautiful villages.

Monpazier - one of the most beuatiful villages in France is located near Bergerac
Monpazier – by Lost in Bordeaux

Where to eat in Bergerac

There are plenty of great restaurants in the city center and enough variety to cover everyone’s taste, from traditional French or Perigordian food to more modern fusion or worldly cuisine.

Bergerac has plenty of amazing restaurants
Restaurants in Bergerac – by Lost in Bordeaux

Here are a few I can personally recommend:

L’authentique – they serve delicious, elegant food for relatively reasonable prices.

Aux Cèpes Enchantés – This is a traditional restaurant that will transport you back in time with its Perigordian cuisine.

L’Imparfait – This restaurant is more upmarket and chic, and also a little more pricey, but is a great spot for a special treat

Where to stay in Bergerac

Bergerac offers a variety of accommodation options, from fancy hotels to beautiful B&Bs and cozy countryside houses. Here are some of my recommendations for where to stay in and around Bergerac:

Le Logis Plantagenêt

A small, charming B&B right in the center of Bergerac, near the famous Place de la Myrpe. Location is everything!

Les Appartements du Palais

If you’re staying for more than just a weekend and want to be able to cook, I recommend this apartment in the city center.

R & R BERGERAC

A 10-minute walk from the center of Bergerac you’ll find this stunning B&B with an outdoor pool. This little gem has only three rooms and is located in a quieter part of town.

Des Vignes et des Songes

If you want to have a more unique experience when visiting the region, I highly recommend Des Vignes et des Songes with their five quirky huts.

Where to stay in Bergerac
The promenade in Bergerac – by Lost in Bordeaux

How to get to Bergerac

You’re in luck! Bergerac is one of the easiest cities to travel to in Dordogne. There is an airport and a train station. The airport serves cities in Great Britain, the Netherlands, and the Baltic Sea.

If you decide to travel by train, it’s an easy trip that lasts just over an hour from Bordeaux. Check out the SNCF website for times and ticket prices.

Be sure to check out my other article about the Dordogne region before traveling there:

Where to stay in Dordogne
What to do, see and eat in Sarlat
The most beautiful villages to visit in Dordogne 
The best castles (chateaux) to visit in Dordogne
The most beautiful gardens in Dordogne
The best things to do with kids in Dordogne
The most beautiful villages in Purple Perigord
The best places to do Kayaking on the Dordogne River
A day trip to Eymet, a beautiful village in Dordogne.

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This weekend there are several very nice events in Bordeaux, such as the Swing festival and the annual humor festival. But you don’t need much to be entertained this time as Saint Patrick’s day is on Sunday. Many bars and covered markets are organizing celebrations with plenty of alcohol involved. If you want a calmer activity head to the new design exhibition at the cité du Vin. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (March 15-17).

Swing Festival

Every March, for more than a decade now, Bordeaux has been hosting the Swing Art Festival (March 15-17) where swing dancers come from all around the globe to teach the dancers of Bordeaux their art of swinging. This festival is much more than just swing dancing, it’s three days of live music, art, vintage markets, workshops, and a get together of many people from all around the world to celebrate this sweeping dance. The event will take place in Halle des Chartrons and it’s Free! For more details click here.

When: March 15-17 / Where:  10 Place du Marché Chartrons, 33000

The Italian Spring Festival

Le printemps italien is an Italian literature festival taking place on March 14-16 in several locations around Bordeaux Metropole. The program includes meetings with Italian writers, screenings of Italian films, wine tastings and more. For the full program and tickets to events click here.

When: March 14- 16 / Where: different locations around Bordeaux

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux (16-23 March) is a very unique humor festival hosting more than 80 artists and different activities taking place all over the city. The festival is an opportunity to experience humor in different forms, such as live on stage, in pictures and even through cooking!

There are two parts to the festival: Festival IN, with well-known artists on stage. Festival OUF– that proposes free activities during the whole week of the festival such as workshops, happenings, entertaining children in hospitals and more. See the full program here.

When: March 16-23 / Where:  Different locations in Bordeaux

La compagnie Panik

La compagnie Panik is a circus incorporating horses as well as dance, body theater and mime techniques as integral parts of the show. The theater will install their blue tent at the Quai de Queyries on March 8- 31 and will perform two different shows:  “Cabaret de Côté” and “Cirque Bleu”. For more details and tickets click here.

When: March 8-31 / Where:  Quai de Queyries 33000 Bordeaux

Printemps du sport 2019

A big sports day will take place this weekend (March 16-17) in Pessac. The program includes dance shows, discovery workshops of martial arts, a sports village and more. For the full program click here. The event will take place at the Stade André Nègre and at Piscine Caneton.

When: March 16- 17/ Where: Avenue des Provinces 33600 Pessac

SoliFest OFF Festival

Solifest is a associative festival that will take place this Saturday (March 16) at the Garage Moderne in the Bacalan district. The program includes a lineup of Djs, an art exhibition, workshops and food made at the restaurant of the Garage Moderne. For the full program and more information click here.

When: March 16 / Where: 1 rue des Etrangers, 33300 Bordeaux  

Base – opening night

Big news for Bordeaux’s nightlife! Le Base, one of the biggest night clubs in Bordeaux is about to open its doors this Friday (March 15). It’ll be a big opening night with a Cabaret show that will include 20 dancers and performers. The entry is 10€. For more details and reservations click here.

When: March 15 / Where:  287, boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

Gala de fin d’année

Le club d’œnologie de Sciences Po Bordeaux Vins/20 invites you to its traditional end of the year gala. The event will take place this Friday (March 15) at Palais de la Bourse. It’s a great evening of Bordeaux wine tastings. The entry is 25€. For more details click here.

When: March 15, at 20:00 / Where:  17 Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux

Visit the Sam Simon ship

This weekend (March 16-17) you have the chance to embark on the Sam Simon ship, which will be docking next to Place des Quinconces. The beautiful ship belongs to Sea Shepherd, an organization devoted to ocean preservation. For more details click here.

When: March 16-17 / Where: Quai de Bordeaux, next to Place des Quinconces

Saint Patrick’s day

The Houses of Parliament Bordeaux
Photo by: The Houses of Parliament Bordeaux

Saint Patrick’s day is always a good opportunity to get drunk from an Irish beer or whiskey while listening to good music. This year the celebrations will take place on Sunday (March 17) so there will be a weekend of nice events in many bars. If you’re looking for a bar to celebrate the Saint Patricks’s day check out my list of Irish/English bars in Bordeaux. Here are some Saint Patrick’s day parties and events taking place this weekend in Bordeaux:

Les Halles de Talence- see more details.
La Boca FoodCourt- see more details.
The Connemara Irish Pub- see more details.
The Houses of Parliament- see more details.
HMS Victory- see more details.
Mama Shelter- see more details.

When art and design take on glass

A new temporary exhibition will be inaugurated at the Cité du Vin this Friday (March 15). The exhibition beautifully combines the wine and design worlds. It includes the works of several designers who all modified and reinvented wine glasses. For more details click here.

When: March 15 – June 30 /Where: Esplanade de Pontac, 134 quai de Bacalan,33300 Bordeaux

Récital de piano : Natasha Roque Alsina

This Friday (March 15), l’Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez invites you to a piano concert of the pianist Natasha Roqué Alsina. The concert will be followed by the Bernard Magrez wine tastings at the salon of Château Labottière. For more details click here.

When: March 15, at 20:00 / Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

Go to a Samba concert in Central Do Brasil

A concert of Nosso Destino will take place this Friday (March 15) at Central Do Brasil. For more details click here.

When: March 15, at 22:00 / Where: 6 rue du Port, 33800 Bordeaux

Carnaval de Bergerac 2019

After the carnival of Bordeaux earlier this month, it’s time for Bergerac to celebrate. Carnaval de Bergerac will take place this Sunday (March 17) at place de la République. For more details click here.

When: March 17 / Where:  97 Rue Neuve d’Argenson, 24100 Bergerac

Carnaval de Saucats

Another nice carnival for kids will take place this Sunday (March 17) in Saucats. The theme of the carnival is Venise with princesses and superheroes. For more info click here.

When: March 17, at 15:00 / Where:  center of Saucats, 33650

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If you want to know what other events are taking place this month in the city, check out my post about the 15 things not miss in March in Bordeaux.

Just like in the last two weeks, most events on this list are related to Christmas. As we get closer to December 25, more and more Christmas markets are popping up in and around Bordeaux. I covered some of them in my article about Christmas markets in Bordeaux. If you still haven’t finished (or started) you Christmas shopping, take a look on my post about where to shop for Christmas in Bordeaux. However, if you’re fed up with Christmas I have few other suggestions such as the Bordeaux wine tasting festival, the kids theater festival, a special effect exhibition and more. 

This is the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (December 14-16):

Taste the best French wines

This month you have a chance to taste some of the best French wines in one place at an event called “Bordeaux Tasting”. During two days (December 15-16) more than a hundred wine houses from Bordeaux area and other regions in France like Bourgogne, Rhône, Alsace and Loire will be there to present their best wines. The tasting will take places in six different sites around Place de la Bourse:
– Palais de la Bourse : les grands bordeaux / les cognacs / les grands invités
– Le Gabriel : Pomerol Séduction
– La Bulle : les bordeaux / bordeaux supérieur
– Le Musée national des Douanes : les grands étrangers
– l’Espace Saint-Rémi : les champagnes
– la Maison Darnozan : l’espace des vins bio

Tickets are 23-27€ depending on the day. For more details click here.

When: December 15-16
Where: Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux

Drôle de Noël

For the 9th time the city of Talence invites you to their big Christmas celebrations taking place on December 14-30 in Park Peixotto. For two weekends in a row (December 14-16, December 21-23) a Christmas market will take place in the park and on December 24-30 (except December 25) the park will host plenty of activities for kids.  For more info click here.

When: December 14-30
Where: Parc Peixoto, 33400 Talence

Les lumières de la ville 2018

Les lumières de la ville is a great chance to discover how Bordeaux’s monuments look at night. It’s an hour and a half biking tour that will start at Place Pey-Berland and will finish at the Garage moderne for Christmas drinks. On the way you will get to see the most important monuments and all the beautifully decorated little streets of Bordeaux. The event will take place this Friday (December 14) at 19:00, it’s free and open to all. For more details click here

les lumiers de la ville
When: December 14, at 19:00
Where: Place Pey-Berland, 33000 Bordeaux

Christmas Concert

A special Christmas concert will take place this Friday (December 14) at the Notre Dame church in Bordeaux. The girls choir of Bordeaux will take the stage accompanied by soprano Romie Estèves and Jérémie Genet on a cello. The event is free. For more details click here

When: December 14, at 20:30
Where: 1 Rue Mably, 33000 Bordeaux, 33000 Bordeaux

Take your kids to Cirque Pardi!

Cirque Pardi! is a modern circus whose shows combine a lot of dance and humor and are very entertaining for both kids and adults. This year they are coming back to Bordeaux for the second time with their show BorderLand, which gained a great success on their last visit here in 2015.  Cirque Pardi! will perform 15 shows from November 30 to December 22. The temporary circus will be located on Quai de queyries, just next to Darwin. For all the dates and tickets click here.

When: November 30- December 22
Where: 86 quai des Queyries, 33 100 BORDEAUX

Xmas Market – Darwin

This market is gradually gaining a status as one of the main Christmas markets in Bordeaux. Like Darwin itself,  the Xmas market is an alternative event with craftsmen and regional creators. The market will include stands of clothes, jewelry, accessories, art objects, books, sport accessories and bio products. To make it more entertaining many activities will take place during these three days, among theme workshops for kids, tasting of bio products, concerts and other surprises. The market will take place on December 14-16, for more info click here.

xmasmarket darwin
When: December 14-16
Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Marché & Cuisine De Rue

This is the other market Darwin will host this weekend (December 15-16) to accompany the Christmas market. The “market and street cooking” event will hosts local producers of organic food that will allow you to taste and learn about eco-responsible cooking. The event will take place at the Caserne de Noël just in front of the Christmas market. For more info click here

When: December 15-16
Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Le Marché de Noël des Halles

Les Halles de Bacalan are holding their Christmas market this week (December 14-16). Tens of creators will participate in the market, selling products like soaps, jewelry, accessories, kids clothes and more. The rich program of the event includes activities like kids room with creative workshops, pizza making, pony tours, Raclette de Noël  and more. For more details click here

When: December 14-16
Where: 10 esplanade de pontac, 33300 Bordeaux

Festival « Sur Un Petit Nuage » de Pessac

The city of Pessac invites you to a fantastic kids festival with plenty of live shows. This is the 17th edition of the festival and this time the program includes circus, dance, music concerts, theater and a puppet show as well as artistic workshops for kids. The festival Sur un Petit Nuage, will take place on December 16-22 in different locations in Pessac. See the full program here

When: December 16-22
Where: different places in Pessac (check out the program)

Christmas Swing Party

Arbre de Noël is a Christmas swing party with a live band that will take place this Sunday (December 16) at La Salle Des Fêtes Bordeaux Grand-Parc. To get into the Christmas spirit, there is a dress code (white and red colors) and even a secret Santa game. if you want to take part in the Santa game be sure to bring a little gift (maximum 5€). Entry is 10€, for more info click here

When: December 16 at 15:30
Where: 39 Cours de Luze, 33300 Bordeaux

Noël 2018 à Bergerac

If you want to travel a bit this weekend, visit the Bergerac Christmas market. Bergerac is one of the best markets in the south-west region with tens of stands, beautiful decorations and activities. The market takes place at place Louis de la Bardonnie on December 8-24. For more details check out the website of the market. 

When: December 8-24
Where: place Louis de la Bardonnie, 24100 Bergerac

Marché de Noël de Bordeaux

The traditional Christmas market of Bordeaux will open its gates between November 30 and December 30. This is one of the biggest Christmas markets in the region with 150 pavilions selling all the traditional Christmas merchandise such as clothes, decorations, jewelry, toys and local products. Even if you don’t intend to buy any gifts at the market you can still enjoy the Christmas spirit with some hot wine and roasted chestnuts.  For more info click here.

When: November 30 – December 30 from 10:30 to 21:30
Where: Allées de Tourny, 33000 Bordeaux

Le Marché de Noël Solidaire 

The Solidarity Christmas market is part of the Social Economy and Solidarity month. This is a unique market, organized by the city hall and the local social development fund aiming to support young local creators who founded their company thanks to microcredits. The market will take place at Place Pey Berland on December 7-24. See more details here.

When: Until December 23
Where: Place Pey Berland

Arcachon Christmas market

The official Christmas market of Arcachon will start this weekend (December 15) and will continue until January 6. Besides the traditional market this one includes an open ice skating rink on place Thiers. For more info click here.

When: December 15- January 6
Where: center of Arcachon

L’Arche de Noël – creators market

L’Arche de Noël is a creators market taking place in the Chartrons neighborhood every weekend until Christmas (December 22-23 is the last event). Each weekend a group of local talented craftsmen and artists will present their original creations. See more details here.

When: Until December 23
Where: 23 Rue Minvielle, 33000 Bordeaux

Interactive special effects exhibition

Do you ever wonder how the special effects you see in movies are made? A new exhibition for kids (older than 6 yo) by the name of “Effets speciaux” is taking place these days in Cap Science. It’s an interactive exhibition that allows you to see the behind the scenes of the cinema world and experiment with different special effects like the green screen. Entry prices range from 6.5€ to 9€ and free for kids under 5 years old. For more info click here.

When: until August 26
Where: Hangar 20 quai Bacalan, 33000 BORDEAUX

I hope this weekend will be more cheerful than the last one! And if you’re afraid to go to the city center I hope I gave you enough ideas for events outside the center of Bordeaux. 

If you want more tips on things to do and places to visit, be sure to subscribe here to my newsletter. 

Have a great weekend!

Just like in the last two weeks, most events on this list are related to Christmas. As we get closer to December 25, more and more Christmas markets are popping out in and around Bordeaux. I covered some of them in my article about Christmas market in Bordeaux. If you are still haven’t finished (or started) you Christmas shopping, take a look on my post about where to shop for Christmas in Bordeaux. However if you’re fed up with Christmas  I have few other suggestions such as Bordeaux wine tasting festival, kids theater festival, a special effect exhibition and more. 

This is the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (December 14-16):

Taste the best French wines

This month you have the chance to taste all the best French wines in one place at an event called “Bordeaux Tasting”. During two days (December 15-16) more than a hundred wine houses from Bordeaux area and other regions in France like Bourgogne, Rhône, Alsace and Loire will be there to present their best wines. The tasting will take places in six different sites around Place de la Bourse:
– Palais de la Bourse : les grands bordeaux / les cognacs / les grands invités
– Le Gabriel : Pomerol Séduction
– La Bulle : les bordeaux / bordeaux supérieur
– Le Musée national des Douanes : les grands étrangers
– l’Espace Saint-Rémi : les champagnes
– la Maison Darnozan : l’espace des vins bio

Tickets are 23-27€ depending on the day. For more details click here.

When: December 15-16
Where: Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux

Drôle de Noël

For the 9th time the city of Talence invites you to their big Christmas celebration taking place on December 14-30 in Park Peixotto. For two weekends in a row (December 14-16, December 21-23) a Christmas market will take place in the park and on December 24-30 (except December 25) the park will host plenty of activities for kids.  For more info click here.

When: December 14-30
Where: Peixoto, 33400 Talence

Les lumières de la ville 2018

Les lumières de la ville is a great chance to discover how Bordeaux’s monuments look at night. It’s an hour and a half biking tour that will start at Place Pey-Berland and will finish at the Garage moderne for Christmas drinks. On the way you will get to see the most important monuments and all the beautifully decorated little streets of Bordeaux. The event will take place this Friday (December 14) at 19:00, it’s free and open to all. For more details click here

les lumiers de la ville
When: December 14, at 19:00
Where: Place Pey-Berland, 33000 Bordeaux

Christmas Concert

A special Christmas concert will take place this Friday (December 14) at the Notre Dame church in Bordeaux. The girls choir of Bordeaux will take the stage accompanied by soprano Romie Estèves and Jérémie Genet on a cello. The event is free. For more details click here

When: December 14, at 20:30
Where: 1 Rue Mably, 33000 Bordeaux, 33000 Bordeaux

Take your kids to Cirque Pardi!

Cirque Pardi! is a modern circus whose shows combine a lot of dance and humor and are very entertaining for both kids and adults. This year they are coming back to Bordeaux for the second time with their show BorderLand, which gained a great success on their last visit here in 2015.  Cirque Pardi! will perform 15 shows from November 30 to December 22. The temporary circus will be located on Quai de queyries, just next to Darwin. For all the dates and tickets click here.

When: November 30- December 22
Where: 86 quai des Queyries, 33 100 BORDEAUX

Xmas Market – Darwin

This market is gradually gaining a status as one of the main Christmas markets in Bordeaux. Like Darwin itself,  the Xmas market is an alternative event with craftsmen and regional creators. The market will include stands of clothes, jewelry, accessories, art objects, books, sport accessories and bio products. To make it more entertaining many activities will take place during these three days, among theme workshops for kids, tasting of bio products, concerts and other surprises. The market will take place on December 14-16, for more info click here.

xmasmarket darwin
When: December 14-16
Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Marché & Cuisine De Rue

This is the other market Darwin will host this weekend (December 15-16) to accompany the Christmas market. The “market and street cooking” event will hosts local producers of organic food that will allow you to taste and learn about eco-responsible cooking. The event will take place at the Caserne de Noël just in front of the Christmas market. For more info click here

When: December 15-16
Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Le Marché de Noël des Halles

Les Halles de Bacalan are holding their Christmas market this week (December 14-16). Tens of creators will participate in the market, selling products like soaps, jewelry, accessories, kids clothes and more. The rich program of the event includes activities like kids room with creative workshops, pizza making, pony tours, Raclette de Noël  and more. For more details click here

When: December 14-16
Where: 10 esplanade de pontac, 33300 Bordeaux

Festival « Sur Un Petit Nuage » de Pessac

The city of Pessac invites you to a fantastic kids festival with plenty of live shows. This is the 17th edition of the festival and this time the program includes circus, dance, music concerts, theater and a puppet show as well as artistic workshops for kids. The festival Sur un Petit Nuage, will take place on December 16-22 in different locations in Pessac. See the full program here

When: December 16-22
Where: different places in Pessac (check out the program)

Christmas Swing Party

Arbre de Noël is a Christmas swing party with a live band that will take place this Sunday (December 16) at La Salle Des Fêtes Bordeaux Grand-Parc. To make get into the Christmas spirit, there is a dress code (white and red colors) and even a secret Santa game. if you want to take part in the Santa game be sure to bring a little gift (maximum 5€). Entry is 10€, for more info click here

When: December 16 at 15:30
Where: 39 Cours de Luze, 33300 Bordeaux

Noël 2018 à Bergerac

If you want to travel a bit this weekend, visit the Bergerac Christmas market. Bergerac is one of the best markets in the south-west region with tens of stands, beautiful decorations and activities. The market takes place at place Louis de la Bardonnie on December 8-24. For more details check out the website of the market. 

When: December 8-24
Where: place Louis de la Bardonnie, 24100 Bergerac

Marché de Noël de Bordeaux

The traditional Christmas market of Bordeaux will open its gates between November 30 and December 30. This is one of the biggest Christmas markets in the region with 150 pavilions selling all the traditional Christmas merchandise such as clothes, decorations, jewelry, toys and local products. Even if you don’t intend to buy any gifts at the market you can still enjoy the Christmas spirit with some hot wine and roasted chestnuts.  For more info click here.

When: November 30 – December 30 from 10:30 to 21:30
Where: Allées de Tourny, 33000 Bordeaux

Le Marché de Noël Solidaire 

The Solidarity Christmas market is part of the Social Economy and Solidarity month. This is a unique market, organized by the city hall and the local social development fund aiming to support young local creators who founded their company thanks to microcredits. The market will take place at Place Pey Berland on December 7-24. See more details here.

When: Until December 23
Where: Place Pey Berland

Arcachon Christmas markets

The official Christmas market of Arcachon will start this weekend (December 15) and will continue until January 6. Besides the traditional market this one includes an open ice skating rink on place Thiers. For more info click here.

When: December 15- January 6
Where: center of Arcachon

L’Arche de Noël – creators market

L’Arche de Noël is a creators market taking place in the Chartrons neighborhood every weekend until Christmas (December 22-23 is the last event). Each weekend a group of local talented craftsmen and artists will present their original creations. See more details here.

When: Until December 23
Where: 23 Rue Minvielle, 33000 Bordeaux

Interactive special effects exhibition

Do you ever wonder how the special effects you see in movies are made? A new exhibition for kids (older than 6 yo) by the name of “Effets speciaux” is taking place these days in Cap Science. It’s an interactive exhibition that allows you to see the behind the scenes of the cinema world and experiment with different especial effects like the green screen. Entry range from 6.5€ to  9€ and free for kids under 5 years old. For more info click here.

When: until August 26
Where: Hangar 20 quai Bacalan, 33000 BORDEAUX

I hope this weekend will be more cheerful than the last one! And if you’re afraid to go to city center I hope I gave you enough ideas for events outside the center of Bordeaux. 

If you want more tips on things to do and places to visit, be sure to subscribe here to my newsletter. 

Have a great weekend!