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Sarlat : the gem of Black Perigord

Sarlat-la-Caneda, more commonly known as Sarlat is a small treasure of the Dordogne. Ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, it is famous for its numerous historical monuments but also for its gastronomy! We will take you to discover it. City of History At the origin of this city with 66 listed buildings, an […]

 

Sarlat-la-Caneda, more commonly known as Sarlat is a small treasure of the Dordogne. Ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, it is famous for its numerous historical monuments but also for its gastronomy!
We will take you to discover it.

City of History

At the origin of this city with 66 listed buildings, an abbey! The date of its creation could not be precisely established but it would be in the 9th century that Pépin, king of Aquitaine, would be at the initiative of its foundation. The medieval city was created around the abbey over the centuries. The city did not escape the plague which killed more than 2500 people in 1279. From the 14th century onwards, Sarlat became an episcopal city and played an important role during the Hundred Years’ War by hosting reserves of men, weapons and food. The city, fortified, also surrounded by castles such as Beynac, is a strategic point for the defence of the surrounding villages. This city is exceptional, because few cities can nowadays boast of having such an important trace of history. Modernism, wars, will have had the better of a good number of our architectural past, but not for Sarlat. Thanks to the Malraux law of 1962 on the restoration of protected areas, Sarlat will be the first in 1964 to benefit from it. When you walk through the narrow streets of the historic centre, don’t forget to look up at the facades. It’s a leap in time that the Périgord offers us!

City of Cinema and cradle of a poet

Its medieval atmosphere welcomes a film festival every year, but not only! Great names have filmed in its alleys such as Luc Besson for Jeanne-d’Arc or Bertrand Tavernier with La Fille de d’Artagnan!
The city also saw the birth of a great poet and writer, Etienne de la Boetie, close to Montaigne, who paid tribute to him in Essais.
As you stroll through the historic centre, you will find facades and stones, views and reviews in the masterpieces of our directors and in the words of our writer.

Wood, stones but also gastronomy

It is impossible to talk about Sarlat without mentioning what also makes its reputation: its dishes. You will come across a good number of shops selling fresh and regional products, let yourself be carried away by the smells that will fill your nostrils and delight your palate later on. It is a culinary journey that awaits you and you won’t leave empty-handed (we couldn’t). The local specialties, well known as foie gras, walnut or even the little cabécou are waiting for you at every corner. How to forget the black gold of the Périgord: The Truffle. Used by the great starred chefs of France, they all agree that there is nothing comparable. In fact, a festival is dedicated to it every year in the month of January. Amateurs, you will be conquered!

We have chosen to tell you about Sarlat because it is for us an excellent destination, whether for a weekend or for several days. It is at the centre of a rich cultural, architectural and gastronomic heritage. Many of us in the team go there regularly, sometimes just to stock up on good things! Don’t hesitate to go on foot or by car, the Périgord will seduce you.

Our car tours in the Périgord
Our hiking tours in the Périgord