Issigeac is an historic commune with around 400 permanent residents that dates back to Roman times, making it among the oldest continually occupied sites in the Perigord.
Fortified in medieval times and taking the circular shape it does today, the village was under English rule during the 100 years war and afterwards owned by the Bishop of Sarlat, who made it his summer residence.
The splendid Bishop’s palace and Church of St Felicien – principle Academy venues – along with the plethora of half-timbered houses that make up the body of the village, date from this time.
After several centuries as an important if small ecclesiastical community, Issigeac is now thriving and developing into one of the gems of Southern Perigord.
It can thank its period in the doldrums for the fact that has survived into the 21st century very little changed in either structure or character from how it was in medieval times.
Its Sunday market – which has been held continually since the 13th Century – is one of the wonders of the region attracting French and overseas visitors from far and wide.
While many new enterprises have taken root here, including artists studios, antique shops and artisans workshops the village is still a traditional French one, with a full range of small shops providing good and services for everyday life.
With four main restaurants, four cafés and a bustling bar Issigeac is also probably the best-catered village for gastronomy in the area.
Issigeac is just 15 minutes from Bergerac airport with daily flights to the UK, other European destinations and Paris. It sits on the banks of the small river, the Banège, in the southern sector of Bergerac’s world famous vineyards; all set in the wonderful scenery which French writer Stendhal described as the ‘Tuscany of France.’