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Nestled along the banks of the Dordogne River, Bergerac is the quintessential medieval town in southwestern France. A popular destination for wine lovers, this region is full of beautiful wineries. Self-driving is the ideal way to explore the many beautiful medieval towns and castles dotted around this countryside but visitors should make sure to compare car hire prices ahead of time to get the best deals.
The main air gateway to the town is Bergerac Airport, located some three kilometres south of the town centre. Taxis are the main mode of transportation to and from the airport. In town, public transportation options are limited so many visitors opt to use car hire in Bergerac to explore the area surrounding this medieval town.
Most of the major rental companies have desks at Bergerac Airport, including Hertz, Avis and Europcar. In town, visitors will primarily find local suppliers, though Europcar has an office in the town centre as well as the airport. Self-driving is convenient as public transportation options in outlying towns can be rather limited, making car rental in Bergerac a popular option.
Bergerac's town centre can easily be explored on foot, but in the rural areas relying on public transportation can be frustrating. Generally speaking, roads are in good condition and easy to navigate. Bergerac is connected to the French motorway network, making it easy to drive long distances. The major N-21 motorway traverses through the town offering easy north-south access.
Known for its famous wine country, the region surrounding Bergerac is a popular getaway for wine lovers. Famous vineyards are dotted on either banks of the Dordogne River. A fantastic medieval town is Issigeac, which is famous for its Sunday Market. There are also many chateaux (castles) worth visiting that surround Bergerac, such as Chateau Monbazillac and Chateau Lanquias.
Bergerac has something to offer travellers in every season, with nice hot summers and cool winters. Summer is the peak tourist season and can see temperatures reach as high as 30°C. The winter months can get chilly, but there is usually no snowfall. After dark, temperatures can drop to 0°C.