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
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
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.
Bergerac, by Mauro Corda
'Twixt Town and
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
(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
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
As a tourist centre, Bergerac owes it to its visitors to provide
a programme of diverse events throughout the year.