Trips to Sarlat
Medieval monuments, manor houses and markets await in the Dordogne’s historic capital.
Located near the centre of the Dordogne department of central
south-western France, Sarlat-la-Canéda (usually referred to simply
as 'Sarlat') is the capital city of the French region known as the
Perigord Noir. Growing up around a Benedictine monastery in the
ninth century, Sarlat's central 'old town' comprises a wealth of
superbly-restored and beautiful medieval buildings through which
narrow paved streets and alleyways wind. Modern buildings have
largely not been allowed to intervene here, and thus the 'old
town', officially a preservation area, retains an almost palpable
air of history.
Sarlat's abundance of historic architecture - the city boasts at least 250 listed buildings, more per square metre than any other European city - its natural beauty and its arts and cultural have created a destination that is immensely popular with visitors. Besides the obvious appeal of its medieval heritage, Sarlat also offers many delightful independent shops to explore and inviting cafes from which to sit back with a coffee and watch the world go by. Wednesday and Saturday are Sarlat's market days and these provides the perfect opportunity to rub shoulders with the locals among colourful stalls which sell a variety of outstanding fresh local produce including cheeses, sausages, fruit and vegetables and the foie gras d'oies for which the region is famous.