In the west side of the Dordogne department, Bergerac is located on the north bank of the Dordogne River. It is regarded as a Town of Art and History and is one of the biggest towns in the area. Bergerac is only a ten minute drive from hotel Chateau les Merles.
Spend some time exploring the historic center and admiring the intriguing architecture. Explore the charming squares, streets, and boutique-style stores in this area of the city. The church of Saint-Jacques, with its charming bell tower, is located on the higher edge.
It is highly advised to pay a visit to the Maison de Vins de Bergerac in the center of the old town. It includes a stunning old cloister that was built in the 12th century. There is an exhibition documenting the history of Bergerac wines and its 13 appellations.
On Wednesday and Saturday morning there is a big market in Bergerac around the church.
Périgueux has a rich 2000-year history. From the ancient Gallo-Roman city of Vesunna, which is as populated as it is today, to the medieval Renaissance city, the city has 44 listed or classified Historic Monuments.
The Cathedral of Saint Front, a significant historical landmark in Périgueux, dominates the city’s center with its eight centuries of architectural history and is known for its majesty and grandeur. It was restored by the architect Paul ABADIE, who went on to design the Sacré Coeur in Paris. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a crucial stop on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.
In terms of the quantity and aesthetic value of its artwork, the Lascaux cave, which is located in the commune of Montignac-Lascaux, is one of the most significant decorated caves of the Palaeolithic era. It is also referred to as “the Sistine Chapel of cave art.”
Although the paintings and engravings in the cave have not been precisely dated, based on dating and research of the cave’s other artifacts, it is believed that they are between 19,000 and 17,000 years old.