Bordered by White and Black Perigord, here it is the purple colour of the grapes and vines in autumn that is in the spotlight. The culture of wine has been present since ancient times. In the land of the legendary hero Cyrano, Bergerac has preserved beautiful half-timbered houses and many listed buildings. Between the squares and the banks of the Garonne, where the barges sail, there is always something lively going on.
The very picturesque hillsides of a hundred or so communes in the Périgord Pourpre are occupied by vineyards. It produces great wines with very different characters, such as those of Bergerac, Monbazillac, or Pécharmant.
An original architecture
Founded in the Middle Ages, at the height of the Hundred Years' War, discover the originality of the bastides of the Périgord Pourpre. They were created in turn by the English and the French in Eymet, Lalinde, Molières, Monpazier and Beaumont-du-Périgord. Their typical architecture was declined in a good part of the South-West, with ramparts, a geometrical street plan converging towards the central square.
The Périgord Pourpre is rich in remarkable churches, such as the 12th century church of Saint-Avit-Sénieur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a landmark on the road to Santiago de Compostela. Among the many castles, Banne, Biron, Lanquais, Bridoire, Gageac and Montreal dazzle you with their grandeur. You can also walk through the hills of Saint-Michel de Montaigne, home of the famous Renaissance writer, or visit the Cistercian abbey of Cadouin, founded in the 12th century in an enchanting valley. In addition to the vineyards, the Périgord Pourpre is home to the forests of the Landais and Bessède, ideal for shady walks.
Campsites in the Purple Périgord
In Bergerac and its surroundings, there are more than a dozen good addresses of campsites in the vineyards of the Périgord Pourpre.