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Visit old Sarlat

 Sarlat-la-Canéda is known for the richness of its architecture. It is certified as a “Town of art and history”. Its lively streets, its craftspeople, its half-timbered houses and its famous market make it the capital of the Périgord Noir.  

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Discover Sarlat, a medieval town of art and history

Walking through Sarlat takes us on a trip into the past. Every street is an open window into history. Its 14th century half-timbered houses form a tableau vivant. Along the narrow streets, there is unexpected charm at every corner.

The decorated timber framed façades take us back to a time when crafts and elegance were highly valued. The paved streets lead to the central square, place de la Liberté, which is surrounded by magnificent architecture.  

Cathedral and manor house in the heart of the old town

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Saint-Sacerdos cathedral dating from the 12th century stands proudly at the heart of Sarlat. Its gothic architecture and sculptured details make it an emblematic gem. The Manoir de Gisson adds an aristocratic tone to the town, revealing a story of noble families and medieval intrigues.  

The ramparts of Sarlat, with their imposing towers, remind us that in past centuries Sarlat was a town of strategic importance. The great doors of la Comédie and of la Boétie invite visitors to cross the threshold and go back into time. 


What is there to do in Sarlat?

In Sarlat, “art de vivre” is a daily reality. Strolling through the lively markets, sipping a coffee on a café terrace or exploring the craft shops make up an integral part of the Sarlat experience.  

Go with the flow and let yourself be seduced by the Sarladaise way of life, enjoying tastings of local products or watching the pop-up street entertainment

Sarlat is ideal for art and culture lovers. There are frequent festivals and cultural events brightening up the life of the town: truffle festival, goose festival, Ringueta (traditional games), Arts en Folie, heritage night, film festival, Christmas market, etc.  

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Markets and good food in the old town through the seasons

The Sarladaise gastronomy is displayed in all its glory in the markets. Its wide range of flavours changes with the seasons:  

In spring, the stalls are laden with the freshness of the first asparagus, young salad, and crunchy radishes. The café terraces are animated, tempting visitors with their fresh and colourful dishes. 

During the summer months, the market is dazzling with the bright colours of red berries, juicy tomatoes and aromatic herbs.  

In autumn, Sarlat celebrates the richness of the earth with freshly gathered ceps, chestnuts and walnuts.  

Winter brings comforting seasonal products to the markets. Truffles make their appearance on the stalls. Grilled chestnuts, delicious potatoes and cheeses bring warmth to the streets of Sarlat. It is also the season for walnut oil production.  

You can raise a glass from the region at each meal: wines from Domme, Bergerac, Monbazillac, Cahors etc. 


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On the road to Sarlat from our camp site 

If you’re going to Sarlat, don’t miss out on the many great places on the way. The roc de Cazelle offers a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of our ancestors. A 7mn detour will take you into the middle of la Beune valley, to the château de Commarque.  5mn by car, further on the château de Puymartin reveals the mysteries of its sumptuous rooms.  

And if you make a 6mn detour, you will arrive at a settlement of ancient dry stone huts, the cabanes du Breuil.  

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