Welcome to Bergerac
Rich vineyards and rolling fields surround pretty cream-stone Bergerac, a good gateway to the Dordogne and one of the most prestigious winegrowing areas of the Aquitaine. The sweet town’s main claim to fame is dramatist and satirist Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac (1619–55), whose romantic exploits – and oversized nose – have inspired everyone from Molière to Steve Martin. Despite the legend (largely invented by 19th-century playwright Edmond Rostand), Cyrano’s connection with the town is tenuous – he’s thought to have stayed here only a few nights, if at all.
Bergerac’s riverfront old town and lively cafe scene make it fun to explore.