Sarlat is one of the must-visit places in the Dordogne! The medieval town is renowned for its many historic buildings, and there are plenty of opportunities for the curious to discover all its treasures. How can you organise your visit to Sarlat? What are the must-see places in this town of art and history, in the heart of the Périgord? Follow the guide!
Where to walk in Sarlat, a town of art and history?
When you visit Sarlat, the first thing to do is plan a nice walk: the town centre is pedestrianised. From the Place de la Liberté to the Jardin du Plantier, via the Manoir de Gisson, make sure you don't miss a thing!
Areas and buildings to visit in Sarlat
The heart of the medieval town is divided into two districts, separated by the Traverse (rue de la République).
- To the east, discover Sarlat-la-Canéda's most popular shopping district, where you'll find the famous Sarlat covered market on the Place de la Liberté. You can also discover the history of the town's most emblematic buildings, such as the Saint-Sacerdos cathedral and the Gisson manor house.
- Then head to the western quarter of Sarlat, where the quieter streets invite you to take a peaceful stroll. In summer, a visit in the shade or at the end of the day, not far from the gardens of the Abbaye Sainte-Claire, is particularly enjoyable.
Guided tours to discover Sarlat-la-Canéda
Prefer to listen to a guide's account? Guided tours of the medieval town are also available. These tours are ideal for learning all about the secrets and anecdotes of this town of art and history, in the heart of Périgord, but also for discovering Sarlat-la-Canéda in a different way:
- Throughout the year with dramatised walks led by actor-guides;
- In summer, take a guided tour of the town by night to discover Sarlat by night;
- Take a fun tour of the medieval town with the Sarlat Rally.
Visiting Sarlat with the family and children
Like other must-see places in the Dordogne, Sarlat has the advantage of being just as accessible to adults as it is to children. Make way for family tourism ! Fun tours are organised by the town's Tourist Office. The full programme is available on the website: sarlat-tourisme.com
A gourmet visit
Would you like to discover the region's specialities? Périgord is a land of gourmet products to delight the palates of young and old alike. To taste them, head for the markets in Sarlat!
- The traditional open-air market in Sarlat, where you can meet the producers of the Dordogne: all year round on Wednesday mornings or all day on Saturdays;
- The covered market, in the former church of Sainte-Marie ;
- Visit winter, truffle markets and the Saturday morning fat market.
A walking tour of the narrow streets of the medieval town
There are several possible routes for visiting Sarlat on foot. In the narrow streets of the town, you can have fun identifying the different locations that have been used as film sets. The visit is also an opportunity to admire the town's facades. in stone and lauze roofsYou can also go in search of the famous bronze geese. Or go in search of the famous bronze geese. Any clues? Maybe they too wanted to visit the market...
A tour to discover the city's landmarks
As elsewhere in the Dordogne, the medieval town invites you on a journey through the history of the region. Several buildings are well worth a visit:
- The Manoir de Gisson (XVIIe century), a veritable castle in the city, open to visitors on a self-guided tour;
- Saint-Sacerdos Cathedral, free to visit (adults and children);
- The Maison de la Boétie, not far from the cathedral: its façade is a blend of medieval and Renaissance styles;
- Or the Lantern of the Dead (XIIe century), an unusual sepulchral chapel to visit in the Saint-Benoît cemetery.
Easy access to Sarlat town centre?
The jewel of the Périgord Noir, Sarlat-la-Canéda has preserved its heritage. That's why the centre of the medieval town can only be visited on foot. But rest assured, access is easy. That's another reason why it's such a popular destination on your trip through the Dordogne, between visits to caves and castles.
- Several parking areas are available in Sarlat, in the town centre;
- From summer bus routes provide a link between the town centre and the surrounding villages. This is the perfect opportunity to organise your stay by choosing a hotel close to Sarlat.
Not just Sarlat!
Did you like Sarlat-la-Canéda, with its medieval streets and atmosphere worthy of a film set? You may also like to visit the other places not to be missed of the Périgord, in the Dordogne valley or the Vézère valley. The good news is that they are easily accessible from Sarlat:
- The many prehistoric sites: the Lascaux cave, the Cro Magnon shelter... ;
- Castles: Château de Beynac, Château de Castelnaud... ;
- The medieval villages of La Roque-Gageac and Beynac ;
- The gardens of Marqueyssac...