Sarlat: The capital of the Périgord noir
Located to the east of the department between Dordogne and Vézère, Sarlat Today is one of the most beautiful medieval ensembles in Europe. Protected from modernism by the Malraux law, Sarlat has preserved the picturesqueness of its alleys and the beauty of its monuments. The city holds the record of density in historical monuments classified or enrolled in the national inventory with 65 monuments and protected buildings.
To go through its alleys is to read almost a thousand years of authentic architecture where, from the pavement to the roofs of slate, predominates this hot and blond stone.....
Rooted in the heart of its terroir, Sarlat is the ideal place to discover the gastronomy Périgourdine: in paradise of truffles, mushrooms, foie gras, candies, pies, and fine delicatessens of country, the périgourdins (related have been able to maintain for centuries, This great culinary tradition, a true quintessence of aromas and flavors that you will find on the beautiful market of Sarlat.
The city is very lively throughout the year with its bi-weekly markets on Wednesday and Saturday morning, a milestone during a stay in Périgord.
Many festivals follow each other:
-The feast of truffles and foie gras at the end of January
– Truffle markets from November to March every Saturday morning – the Fest'oie festival around Duck and goose foie gras at the end of February
-The days of the terroir to the ascent
-the festival of open-air theatre games from mid July to early August
-The International Film Festival In mid November
-The Christmas Market
-Flea markets every last Sunday of the month
The best way to discover Sarlat is to go on an adventure in its small alleys. The tourist office also organizes Guided tours From April to December as well as guided audio tours.
Close to the valley of the Dordogne and the Vézère, Sarlat is the ideal base to discover the tourist treasures of the Périgord noir:
– The Caves of Lascaux In Montignac
-The village of Les Eyzies
– The Abyss of Proumeyssac In Audrix
– The Château des Milandes Home of Josephine Baker in Castelnaud
– The Eyrignac Gardens
– The Castle of Biron
The'Aquarium of the Périgord noir
and other goods Sights of the Périgord…
Coming to Sarlat all year round, and especially in the back-season where nature reveals its personality better, is for everyone the certainty of discovering a true art of living. And if you have the chance, at least once in your life, to see the old city adorn itself with snow (it is true that it is very rare), you will not forget the magic that comes out of it.