Nerac is a lovely medieval town by the river Baïse centred on Henri IV's chateau, with many lovaly restaurants and a wide range of shops.
Nerac used to have a magnificent château with four wings enclosing a courtyard. This was before the French Revolution and following the anti-aristocratic backlash after 1789, three of the four wings were destroyed. The remaining wing, restored and open to visitors, dates from the XV c., and is quite stunning.
Nerac offers good leisure times. You can take a boat trip on the beautiful river of Baïse or enjoy a stroll along the river bank in the large park, known as the king's gardens. Here you can learn about the love story between young Henry IV and Fleurette, gardener’s daughter, while admiring a nice statue of Fleurette.
Food and drink
Nerac hosts a wonderful, lively market on the Cours Romas on Saturday mornings, full of fresh local specialities.
There are many independent chateaux vineyards in and around Nerac all offering tastings, as well as a large wine co-operative with a sampling room and shop in Buzet-sur-Baise.
Nerac is also in Armagnac country and that too can be sampled at local producers.
Gascon cooking is amongst the best in France and offers a wide range of dishes made from local produce, especially duck, fish, oysters and salads.
You can also buy handmade chocolate from the artisan chocolate factory in town.
Both food and wine are celebrated in style at the Buzet wine festival held each year in Nerac during August.