Sarlat-la-Canéda Travel Guide
creperie very nice
creperie very nice
Looking down on Sarlat-La-Caneda
The old town of Sarlat-La-Caneda
Love this little guy!
Bramefond Railway Viaduct
A interesting town that is loaded with tourists
The Less You Plan Ahead, the More You will Miss
In a nutshell
Do go and walk the medeival part of the city, a must do!
Jardin public du plantier
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...
Rue de la Republique
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...
Place des Oies
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...
Lanterne des Morts (Lantern of the Dead)
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...
Cathédrale Saint Sacerdos
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...
Covered market/ church Sainte-Marie
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...
The old town
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....
Lanterne des Morts
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...
Place de la Liberté
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...
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...
La Villa des Consuls
1 Review and 172 Opinions This hotel offers both rooms and apartments. We stayed in the apartment Montaigne which included two...
Hotel Altica Sarlat
1 Review and 3 Opinions The Hotel Altica was located on our way into Sarlat-La-Caneda. It looked ok from the outside, and...
Auberge de Mirandol: Really fun restaurant right in Old Town
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...
Hotel-Restaurant Le Perigord: Culinary magic in the countryside
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...
Free Parking -- lots of it
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.
Written Nov 7, 2011
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- Arts and Culture
several: Funny Souvenirs
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....
AUX BONHUERS: Patchwork & Teddies
This was a shop I came across on my walk in Sarlat. A few years ago, making Teddy Bears was very popular, something, I can't do, but even so, I love looking at them. This shop had lots of Teddies, all very nicely done, and would make a lovely gift for a child. Check it out!
Protection from Harm
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.
Written Jun 8, 2009
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BRAMEFOND RAILWAY VIADUCT
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...
VISIT LA ROUQUE GAGEAC
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...
TOURIST MAP OF THE OLD TOWN
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...
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...
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