Bastides (fortified towns) abound in the area southeast of Bergerac, and one of the best is wonderful Issigeac. The medieval village is a joy to explore, especially at its magnificent Sunday morning market. An agricultural area as well, it produces everything from foie gras to three AOC strawberry varieties. Look out for the delicious walnut-rind cheese, called echourgnac, made by nuns at Abbaye d’Echourgnac.
Issigeac’s predominantly 13th- to 18th-century historic buildings were constructed on top of a former 4th-century Roman villa, later a 7th-century Benedictine abbey. The tourist office has a free walking-tour leaflet. There’s also an antique fair in August.