Bergerac, Dordogne

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Bergerac
Subprefecture and commune
Bergerac overlooking the Dordogne river
Bergerac overlooking the Dordogne river
Coat of arms of Bergerac
Coat of arms
Bergerac is located in France
Bergerac
Bergerac
Location within Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
Bergerac is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Bergerac
Bergerac
Coordinates: 44°51′N 0°29′E / 44.85°N 0.48°E / 44.85; 0.48Coordinates: 44°51′N 0°29′E / 44.85°N 0.48°E / 44.85; 0.48
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Dordogne
Arrondissement Bergerac
Canton Bergerac-1 and 2
Intercommunality Bergerac Pourpre
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Daniel Garrigue
Area1 56.10 km2 (21.66 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 27,555
 • Density 490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 24037 /24100
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.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Bergerac (French: [bɛʁ.ʒə.ʀak] (About this sound listen); Occitan: Brageirac [bɾaʒejˈɾak]) is a commune and a sub-prefecture of the Dordogne department in southwestern France.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
179311,720—    
18008,544−27.1%
18068,665+1.4%
18218,044−7.2%
18318,557+6.4%
18369,285+8.5%
184110,102+8.8%
18469,873−2.3%
185110,402+5.4%
185610,875+4.5%
186112,116+11.4%
186612,123+0.1%
187211,699−3.5%
187613,120+12.1%
188115,042+14.6%
188614,353−4.6%
189114,735+2.7%
189615,642+6.2%
190115,936+1.9%
190615,623−2.0%
191116,162+3.5%
192117,041+5.4%
192616,593−2.6%
193117,520+5.6%
193618,902+7.9%
194622,525+19.2%
195423,622+4.9%
196225,185+6.6%
196827,165+7.9%
197527,764+2.2%
198226,832−3.4%
199026,899+0.2%
199926,071−3.1%
200827,555+5.7%

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Bergerac, Dordogne (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 19.1
(66.4)
23.2
(73.8)
26.6
(79.9)
29.7
(85.5)
33.2
(91.8)
38.2
(100.8)
38.7
(101.7)
41.1
(106)
37.5
(99.5)
31.5
(88.7)
24.8
(76.6)
20.0
(68)
41.1
(106)
Average high °C (°F) 9.5
(49.1)
11.5
(52.7)
15.0
(59)
17.5
(63.5)
21.5
(70.7)
25.1
(77.2)
27.5
(81.5)
27.6
(81.7)
24.2
(75.6)
19.5
(67.1)
13.3
(55.9)
9.9
(49.8)
18.5
(65.3)
Average low °C (°F) 1.5
(34.7)
1.4
(34.5)
3.4
(38.1)
5.7
(42.3)
9.6
(49.3)
12.7
(54.9)
14.4
(57.9)
14.0
(57.2)
10.9
(51.6)
8.6
(47.5)
4.4
(39.9)
2.1
(35.8)
7.4
(45.3)
Record low °C (°F) −10.5
(13.1)
−17.1
(1.2)
−12.0
(10.4)
−4.2
(24.4)
−0.7
(30.7)
2.9
(37.2)
6.7
(44.1)
4.8
(40.6)
1.2
(34.2)
−5.5
(22.1)
−9.8
(14.4)
−12.4
(9.7)
−17.1
(1.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 65.7
(2.587)
56.0
(2.205)
56.7
(2.232)
76.3
(3.004)
75.9
(2.988)
59.8
(2.354)
54.6
(2.15)
63.4
(2.496)
63.8
(2.512)
76.1
(2.996)
72.5
(2.854)
79.9
(3.146)
800.7
(31.524)
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
Source: Météo France[1][2]

Economy[edit]

The region is primarily known for wine and tobacco. It has 12 recognized wine AOCs (Appellations d'origine contrôlée):

Sites[edit]

The town has an important tourist industry. There are three museums, including the town museum, a statue museum and a tobacco museum. The church of Notre Dame is located in the town centre. There is also a wine house by the river which features a small exhibition on the history of wine growing. Bergerac offers some of the finest wines in the Bordeaux region[according to whom?] due to the soil's excellent drainage. The Arboretum de Podestat is located near to Bergerac.

Cyrano de Bergerac[edit]

The town contains two statues of Cyrano de Bergerac, subject of a famous play of the same name by Edmond Rostand, though the actual Cyrano never lived in Bergerac. 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.

Old statue of Cyrano de Bergerac
Newer statue of Cyrano de Bergerac

Transport[edit]

Bergerac is served by the Bergerac-Roumanière airport (code EGC), which has internal flights, and routes to UK airports including Southampton, Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands, 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.

Education[edit]

Bergerac is located within the Bordeaux Académie, which covers the entire 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 Profesionelle de l'Alba

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Bergerac, Dordogne is twinned with:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Données climatiques de la station de Bergerac" (in French). Meteo France. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Climat Aquitaine" (in French). Meteo France. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 

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