What to do in Sarlat?
In the heart of the Dordogne Valley, Sarlat-la-Canéda is one of the most beautiful cities of France. Renowned for the richness of its heritage, Sarlat is well-loved by the region’s tourists, and is full of things to visit.
In the heart of the Dordogne Valley, Sarlat-la-Canéda is one of the most beautiful cities of France. Renowned for the richness of its heritage, Sarlat is well-loved by the region’s tourists, and is full of things to visit: you will stay in the city’s centre, and will be able to quickly reach everything Sarlat is known for : market, historical monuments, we offer you a non exhaustive list of things to see and do in Sarlat.
Discovering the historical and cultural heritage in Old Sarlat
Sarlat-la-Canéda is the perfect destination for history lovers : in every streets you’ll see some vestige of gone by times. Walk through the streets and gardens of Old Sarlat and discover its characteristic yellow limestone architecture.
In Old Sarlat, you can visit manors from the 15th century and older. Nearby, there’s also the castles of Puymartin, Neynac and Commarque.
Amateurs of culture can also go to the Art path in Sarlat, where you can visit exhibits and galleries all year long. A specific route is suggested to understand Sarlat and nearby villages’ history, and offers a new point of view.
Visiting renowned monuments from Perigord
The city’s picturesque atmosphere comes from its monuments: the Saint-Sacerdos cathedral was registered at the French historical monuments list in 1840, and impress by its magnificence.
Visiting Sarlat-la-Canéda is of course to walk through its medieval heart. “La Belle Sarladaise” will offer a unique experience to everyone in the family: a actress, dressed in a period costume will tell you the story and mysteries of the city during a moving spectacle. It’s a fun way to learn about the city, and one we recommend.
Another representative of the city is the Gisson Manor: it’s the only private monument open to the public. When visiting, you’ll go back in time and see how Sarlat’s bourgeoisie lived in the 18th century. The Lantern of the dead in the old cemetery is also worthy of stopping by.
Use your six senses at the Sarlat market
Star of the city, the market is the largest one in Dordogne. Open all year long, you can find all kinds of local products: foie gras, ceps, confit of ducks, truffles and many others; and you can even taste them before buying any! The Sarlat market is definitely a must for amateurs of good food.
From the « Place de la liberté », enter the famous Sainte-Marie church, where you can admire impressive doors made by a contemporary artist. You’ll also find a market inside. It’s even possible to climb at the top of the church tower to admire the panoramic view of the city’s landscape.
There are many restaurants near the NAÂD hotel, which is one of the reasons for the typical hustle and bustle of the city, and that you can experience easily from our establishment. Discover our hotel rooms for the ideal holidays in the centre of Sarlat.