Flanked by a picturesque historic centre, Sarlat-la-Caneda is a charming town dotted with Gothic and Renaissance mansions. Aside from its well-preserved medieval architecture, it boasts delightful squares, winding alleys and a bustling market full of French delicacies.
Things to do in Sarlat-la-Canéda
Start your journey at Place de la Liberte, the main square in Sarlat-la-Caneda, to admire the city’s architectural gems. Don’t miss the Town Hall and its attractive medieval arcades nearby, then visit one of the cafe terraces perfect for a relaxing drink.
Step back in time at the 12th-century Sarlat Cathedral. Admire the Roman-style belltower and the 17th-century central nave, then head inside to see the beautiful collection of paintings and statues and a highly-regarded 18th-century organ.
Looking to mingle with the locals? Pick up fruits, vegetables, arts and crafts and regional delicacies, such as truffles and foie gras, at the open-air Sarlat Market, which has been drawing shoppers since the Middle Ages.
Overlooking the Dordogne River, Chateau de Castelnaud is a restored medieval fortress that contains a museum showcasing medieval war artefacts, including life-size catapults and war machines. Browse the private collection of arms and armour while the kids play with the museum’s interactive exhibits.
Getting around Sarlat-la-Canéda
Sarlat-la-Caneda’s compact streets are easy to explore on foot. Bergerac Dordogne Perigord Airport and Brive–Souillac Airport are both located less than a 20-minute drive away. You can also travel by train from Bordeaux or by bus from Souillac.