|Canton||Bergerac-1 and 2|
|• Mayor (2020–2026)||Jonathan Prioleaud (DVD)|
|56.10 km2 (21.66 sq mi)|
|• Density||480/km2 (1,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||12–146 m (39–479 ft) |
(avg. 29 m or 95 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Bergerac (French pronunciation: [bɛʁʒəʁak] ( listen ); Occitan : Brageirac [bɾaʒejˈɾak] ) is a subprefecture of the Dordogne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of Southwestern France. In 2018, the commune had a population of 26,823, which made it the department's second-most populated after the prefecture Périgueux. Located on the banks of the river Dordogne, Bergerac was designated a Town of Art and History by the Ministry of Culture in 2013.
In 1565, Charles IX of France visited Bergerac during his grand tour.
On 17 September 1577, amidst the French Wars of Religion, the Treaty of Bergerac, also known as the Peace of Bergerac (French: Paix de Bergerac), was signed between Henri III of France and Protestants to put a temporary end to the conflict. The treaty was negotiated by important figures on each side of the conflict, namely Nicolas de Neufville, seigneur de Villeroy and Armand de Gontaut, baron de Biron on the King's side and François de la Noue and François, Duke of Montpensier on the Protestant side.
Bergerac, which was a site where members of the French Resistance in Dordogne were incarcerated and interrogated during World War II, was freed from German occupation on 21 August 1944.
|Source: EHESS and INSEE (1968–2017)|
|Climate data for Bergerac, Dordogne (1981–2010)|
|Record high °C (°F)||19.1|
|Average high °C (°F)||9.5|
|Average low °C (°F)||1.5|
|Record low °C (°F)||−10.5|
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||65.7|
|Average precipitation days||11.4||9.0||9.5||12.2||9.8||8.5||7.3||7.5||8.5||9.5||10.9||10.3||114.4|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||85.4||111.3||167.4||178.0||210.8||231.7||248.0||240.2||199.3||136.9||88.7||78.2||1,976|
The region is primarily known for wine and tobacco. It has twelve recognised wine AOCs (appellations d'origine contrôlée):
Bergerac is home to a population of British people who frequently identify as 'expats' rather than immigrants. This trend is not unique to Bergerac and is evident throughout the Dordogne.In part, this is driven by house prices which are very affordable when compared with either the French or British national averages. The increasing British presence has led to some integration initiatives such as the non-profit Université du Temps Libre which offers French language classes and a programme of cultural activities.
The town has a growing tourism industry. The region's association with wines is also a key motivating factor for much tourismwith wine tours, chateau visits and a wine house by the river which features an exhibition on the history of wine growing. Nearby sites for tourists include the Arboretum de Podestat, Château de Monbazillac, the town museum, statue museum, and tobacco museum. The church of Notre Dame is located in the town centre. The Dordogne River is also a significant tourist attraction for river boat tours and kayak rental.
The town contains two statues of Cyrano de Bergerac, subject of a famous eponymous play by Edmond Rostand. An old stone statue stands on Place de la Myrpe, facing Place du Docteur Cayla. A newer statue, painted in colour and standing on a stainless steel pedestal, has been erected on Place Pelissiere.
Bergerac is served by Bergerac-Roumanière Airport (code EGC), which has internal flights, as well as routes to UK airports including Southampton, Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands, London Luton, Edinburgh, Exeter, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds Bradford and London Stansted Airport. Transavia also flies to Bergerac from Amsterdam.
Bergerac has an SNCF station with regular services to Bordeaux and Sarlat-la-Canéda. A weekday bus service operates between Bergerac and Périgueux, mainly serving school commuters.
Bergerac is located within the Bordeaux Académie, which covers the entire former Aquitaine region. The main high school is Lycée Maine de Biran. Other high schools in the town include the private school Institution Sainte-Marthe Saint-Front, Lycée Jean Capelle and Lycée Professionnel de l'Alba.
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