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Welcome to Bergerac
A Brief History

As early as the twelfth century, Bergerac was a commercial and intellectual hub, thanks in great part to the bridge that spanned the Dordogne River. River trade developed very rapidly with journeys between different regions of France - for instance from the Limousin to Bordeaux - taking place regularly.
During the Wars of Religion, Bergerac became the intellectual capital of Protestantism; nicknamed "Little Geneva", it was one of the safe havens granted to the Protestants by the Edict of Nantes.
Originally the capital of the Périgord, Bergerac was demoted in favour of Périgueux at the time of the French Revolution, the latter becoming the département's Prefecture.

     

Cyrano de Bergerac, by Mauro Corda
Place Pelissière
 

'Twixt Town and Country
Today, Bergerac is the chef-lieu of the administrative division known as an arrondissement and, as such, is home to the sub-prefecture. The economic centre of the area, Bergerac is the second largest town in the Dordogne with a population of 28755 (official population on January 1, 2017 ).
Designated "Ville Fleurie" (loosely translated as a floral town or town in bloom) and awarded the maximum 4 flowers by the national commission for towns and flowers; winner of the National Floral Grand Prix and Golden Flower Trophy in 2013; home of Cyrano; recognised as a town of "Art & History" since 2013, Bergerac cannot fail to delight with its old port, half-timbered houses, gastronomy and internationally renowned wines.



Its plus points...

Bergerac is famous for its superb quality of life.
It has a dynamic town centre and out of town commercial and industrial zones and can therefore offer the whole range of services expected by its residents.
Its countryside setting, the river and the climate are all factors which make it an attractive place for those who wish to combine an agreeable lifestyle with work or retirement.
The large number of groups, clubs and associations in Bergerac mean that there are sporting and cultural activities to suit every taste.
As a tourist centre, Bergerac owes it to its visitors to provide a programme of diverse events throughout the year.

     
 

Text translated by Pays du Grand Bergeracois (professional translator).