The commune of St Cybranet (often listed in travel literature as Saint-Cybranet) is situated near the Dordogne River, in the heart of wine country and within easy reach of the transport hub of Bergerac. Top quality food, fine wine and unspoilt countryside are three of the main reasons that visitors flock to the Perigord Noir, and self-catering accommodation in St Cybranet is an excellent base from which to enjoy these delights, plus much more.
With the Dordogne River just a short distance away, it makes sense to explore the area around St Cybranet by water. A river boat trip is a good way of doing this, with several companies offering various types of trips that include travelling along the water on a traditional rowing boat. Canoeing along the river is also strongly recommended, and equipment can be hired within the village.
Bicycle is another way of getting around and taking in the scenery, which is a combination of roaming farmland, winding rivers, dense forests and unspoilt greenery. Those wishing to spend their days touring the vineyards and sampling the local wines can do this either as part of an organised tour or off their own back – though the use or a car (and a designated driver!) will allow you to see far more than travelling around by bicycle.
St Cybranet is well equipped for self-caterers, with a number of food shops and small supermarkets within the village. Those looking to eat out will find a cafe-bar and a pizzeria, or can head into the neighbouring village of Darlat, which has a bigger array of eateries. Le Relais de Poste comes particularly highly recommended and serves top dishes and medium-range prices.
The chance to explore the many towns and villages of the Dordogne Valley is what draws many people to the Perigord Noir. Whilst staying in St Cybranet it is possible to visit a number of neighbouring villages over the course of a few days, such as nearby Daglan (6km) – home of several historical buildings and two excellent restaurants, and Sarlat (16km) – a popular tourist spot which is one of the best preserved medieval towns in the region.
A mild climate means that the weather in St Cybranet is extremely pleasant throughout the spring, summer and early autumn. It is only around late October that the air has a slight chill to it, but cheaper rental accommodation prices and less tourism more than makes up for this.
Bergerac-Roumaniere Airport (EGC), 53km away, is the nearest option for those seeking a cheap way of getting to St Cybranet, as it receives Ryanair and Flybe flights from around the UK. Limoges – Bellegarde Airport (LIG) represents a good alternative, and is 119km from St Cybranet.