A interesting town that is loaded with tourists
The Less You Plan Ahead, the More You will Miss
Do go and walk the medeival part of the city, a must do!
The "Jardin public du plantier" formerly was the flower garden of the Bishop, and previously from the abbey. In 1865, it became public garden of the town. It’s a nice place at the border of the medieval town with many benches to sit a bit and relax after having discovered the town! There also some events that take place in that garden.more
The Rue de la Republique separates the old medieval town of Sarlat into an eastern and western part. It was built in 1840 and being dead straight with a bright pavement it somehow does not really fit into the old town of Sarlat! That street mostly is a shopping street and is partly pedestrianized.The main sights are east of that street and that...more
The Place des Oies, Goose Market, is a little square where geese were bought and sold in the past. There are three bronze geese on that square which commemorate those times. Sarlat is famous for its foie gras and you will find many shops that sell foie gras and all restaurants have foie gras on their menu. And in winter, there’s a geese market on...more
Next to the cathedral, you find an instersting looking building, the "Lanterne des Morts". It's also called Saint Bernard tower, after the abbot Bernard de Clarivaux. You can find it behind the cathedral, on the place of the old cemetery. The lantern probably dates from the 12th century. In contrast to other lanterns of death in France, it has a...more
The cathedral of Sarlat is a nice bright church was built in the 12th century as Romanesque abbey church. It was rebuilt in the 14th century as cathedral after Sarlat became diocesan town. There also have been several reconstructions in later centuries, so you find a mixture of styles in that church. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Sacerdos of...more
The building in which you now find a market was actually built as church in the 14th century. This church, dedicated to Sainte Marie, was abandoned after the French Revolution. It’s an interesting idea to make this a covered market place then! Besides, there’s a lift that goes up to the bell tower so that you have a view on the town.The market is...more
Sarlat has a lovely old town, with many picturesque stone buildings. Most were built in the 16th century and those ochre-coloured facades cause a special atmosphere. Especially at night, when the gas lamps are burning!Most of the old town is car-free, which is really great. There are already enough people walking around, and driving through those...more
I had never heard of a "lantern of the dead" before I came to Sarlat and was therefore curious when I found this term on the map. In the case of Sarlat, the "lanterne des morts" is a bullet-shaped 12th-century building located on the former graveyard of the cathedral. It is completely different from other such buildings that occur quite often in...more
Place de la Liberté is the heart of the medieval city: a large square lined by cafés, souvenir shops and other touristy stuff. Nonetheless, it has kept its beauty. The rather uncommon shape (a little bit like a lying "P") makes the square look different from every angle. The numerous old houses add to its charme as do the beautifully arranged goods...more
Sarlat is best discovered on foot. All of the town's main sights lie within the boundaries of the cité médiévale (medieval city) which only measures some 300x300m. A good starting point is the tourist information centre located on Place du Peyrou just next to the cathedral of Saint Sacerdos. Afterwards, just get lost in the labyrinth of medieval...more
Walking these, old, medieval towns, I always look upwards, as well as every other direction! I guess it is just a matter of time before I crash into somebody!What I like, is the old style signs, I find them interesting!Then there are the rooves, they can be turreted, round, octagonal, crooked, made with all types of building materials, from leaves,...more
If you are in the "Geese Square," [previous tip], then you are right next to Manor de Gisson.The Manor was built in the 13th century, and is built in two different architectural styles. There are two buildings, that are joined together by a staircase in the hexagon tower! Have a look inside and out of this building.Outside, I loved the Tower, the...more
This hotel offers both rooms and apartments. We stayed in the apartment Montaigne which included two...more
Our arrival in Sarlat was poorly timed ~ the Wednesday and Saturday markets are very popular (book...more
The Hotel Altica was located on our way into Sarlat-La-Caneda. It looked ok from the outside, and...more
When we paid l’addition (the bill), the heretofore French-speaking waiter announced in perfect English, “You can visit the cave if you like.” pointing to a glass door inside the restaurant. Hm . . . curiosity got the better of me so I walked back, opened the glass door and entered a real cave. There were cave paintings on the walls, a little spring...more
A Logis de France hotel set in a beautiful garden with a pool, tennis and parking. It is an easy walk to the Dordogne River and a 5-10 minute drive to Domme and La Roque Gageac . . . or Cenac et St. Julien where we had rented a small farmhouse.The owner of Le Perigord and his wife met at the culinary school in Lausanne Switzerland and they have a...more
We ate in an inside courtyard. The welcome and service were attentive. Our requests were fulfilled. It acquired new proprietors in 2008. Reviews before then were bad to above average for the price. New reviews are not posted. (Le Guide Joker) Aside from a continued middle price range this is not the same restaurant we visited. One of the recent...more
Sarlat-le-Canéda is one of the most picturesque villages in the Dordogne and has a wonderful market that people love to visit. If you drive, you need to put your car someplace and while there is pay parking available, there is a huge free parking lot just above the Old Town of Sarlat.
If you are coming in from the south (as we usually do), there are one-way streets when you get toward the center of town. You will be directed left onto D704E going north. This becomes Avenue du General de Gaulle and as you approach the top of the hill, there are two free parking lots. If there are places in the lot on your right (Place Sundhouse), take one. The lot is lined with chestnut trees which give good shade during hot weather and there is a path leading down to the little square opposite Hotel Madeleine. You can follow the main road for another block and turn into the Old Town from there. The chestnut trees are magical in the springtime!
If that lot is full, there is a huge lot on the left side of ave. du Gen. de Gaulle. You will see a small grey building housing a tourist office and behind and above it are hundreds of parking places. There is, unfortunately, no shade here but if you need a parking place, it is just fine. From there cross over to the small parking lot mentioned above and at the rear is the footpath down the hill.
I normally don't advertise souvenir shops as they tend to sell the usual bric-a-brac and are the same no matter if you are in Paris or Panama. But then you sometimes come across a lovely shop selling local handicrafts of the finest (and in this case) funniest kind. Unfortunately, I have forgotten the name of the shop, but if you come to the corner...more
Being close to the Dordogne River and tributary mountain streams and also the Vezere river, a shop that caters to anglers and hunters is a logical venue in a heavily vacation visitor laden city. The window display was very attractive, but the only thing French was the basket. We were warned by our (Bass Master) fisherman-hunter son that 1) fishing...more
In many ancient European cities, niches and pedestals are placed on the walls of buildings (especially at street corners) to house statuettes of the Madonna, which were believed to provide protection from evil doers. In our city they are instead installing “crime cameras”, but they do not seem to be an improvement.
I think that everyone who visits Sarlat ends up having their picture taken with these sculpted bronze geese in this little square behind St. Mary's Church. I've seen them prominently displayed on a lot of the media for the town.
Unique Suggestions: But. . .I did think they were awfully cute. . .a fitting tribute to the town's goose-filled past and present.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When we arrived in Sarlat the weather was perfect. ( You can see from my photos) In less than fifteen minutes The sky turned dark grey and their was rain and hail. I think it's a typical weather in there cause as soon as a the sky was turning grey all the cafe's and restaurants moved all their tables and chairs inside.
On laundry day we try to visit sights close to the house. One very foggy laundry day we decided on Castelnaud-la-Chapelle just down the road so we drove over not being able to see the castle in the fog. We arrived to discover they had paved the extra parking down by the river. We decided to drive up by the castle and park there figuring no one...more
The Bramefond Railway Viaduct is located just 28kms away from Sarlat La Caneda, at the Town of Souillac.This huge Viaduct has 14 arches, is 320 metres long, 44 metres high, and was built in 1882, by Jean Vilette. We stopped and had a closer look at this masterpiece!It is located on the line from Saint-Denis-les-Martel to Souillac.Souillac had...more
Just 12kms away from Sarlat, is the 300 year old "Most beautiful village" of La Rouque Gageac.This is a gorgeous village, situated alongside the Dordogne river. High walled cliff's, tower above the riverside homes. The golden yellow houses line the river and spread up the hill behind. Walking, is on cobble-stone streets, and expect some hill...more
The best way to make sure you see everything, is to do what I did, pick up a map from the Tourist Office. The map shows the Medieval part of town, and all the sights of interest. On the other side, is another map showing the area outside of the medieval area.This is a town that you must explore the alley ways, and by picking up the map, you will...more
A car park is quite often hard to find in French Villages and Cities. At Sarlat, we parked in the Place m. Albe car-park. You buy a ticket from the machine, and place it in your Car window.This park was in a good position. Just a few steps away was the Lanterne Des Morts and the Cathedral, and then it was a walk straight down to the Tourist...more
Chicken is the cheapest most universal poultry source of meat in the world. In a few places other fowl are grown as a meat source. Duck is a delicacy in China and parts of France while some Italians perversely eat thrushes. Turkey is a festive source of meat in the USA as is goose in Britain and other places on the Continent. Turkey is growing in...more