Sarlat-la-Canéda, the medieval city
Located between Dordogne and Vézère Sarlat-la-Canéda, more commonly known as Sarlat, is a medieval town, and the capital of Black Périgord. It is located in the Region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, and more precisely in the beautiful Department of Dordogne, on the borders of the Causses du Quercy.
Sarlat is today one of the most beautiful medieval complexes in Europe with no less than 66 listed monuments: the Convent of the Order of Notre Dame, the Old Church of St. Mary, the Town Hall...
Its winding lanes tell the story of nearly a thousand years of authentic architecture where, from the cobbles to the slate roofs, the warm, honey-coloured stone predominates...
Rooted in the heart of its local “terroir”, Sarlat is the ideal place to discover Perigord gastronomy: in the paradise of truffles, porcini mushrooms, foie gras, confits, pâtés, and fine, preserved meats from the countryside, the people of Périgourd have maintained for centuries this great culinary tradition, the quintessential aromas and flavours that you will find at the magnificent market of Sarlat.
The bi-weekly market held in Sarlat on Wednesdays and Saturday mornings is a must for all gourmets and connoisseurs. All year long and depending on the season, foie gras, porcini mushrooms, confit and duck breast, truffles, walnuts, strawberries and other delicious local products awaken visitors' taste buds.
The atmosphere is friendly, the stands are colourful and the smells are pervasive against the backdrop of the beautiful city with its wonderful architectural heritage.
The climate, the hilly landscapes punctuated with holm oaks, the charming villages rich in history and old houses of ochre stone are part of the attraction for our visitors.
But what makes the Sarlat area special is this delightful blend of history, culture and tradition... A unique blend that is perfectly illustrated by towns like Beynac and Cazenac, La Roque Gageac, Vitrac-Montfort and Marcillac Saint Quentin.