France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Sarlat-la-Canéda, Dordogne, France
Noted for its rich cuisine of truffles, fois gras and cuisses de canard (ducks' legs), Sarlat also makes a fine base for exploring the entire Dordogne River valley.




The medieval town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, 175 km (109 miles) east of Bordeaux and 520 km (323 miles) south of Paris (map), is among France's best-preserved 14th-century towns.

Relatively untouched by recent wars and modernization, what was not well preserved has been carefully and authentically restored.

The Famed Cuisine

Besides its medieval architecture, Sarlat is famous for its Périgord Noir cuisine: fois gras, confit de canard, truffles and other rich treats. More...

A substantial town, Sarlat is also one of the best-located and most congenial bases for exploring the sights of the Dordogne River valley (map):

—Lascaux, with its prehistoric caves, is 27 km (17 miles, 25 minutes) to the north

Beynac-et-Cazenac, its fine medieval castle rising above the river, is only 12 km (7 miles, 15 minutes) to the southwest

Rocamadour, the medieval town clinging dramatically to a steep hillside, is only 57 km (35 miles, 1 hour) to the east.

Other interesting Dordogne destinations are equally easy of access. More...

Where to Stay & Dine

Sarlat has a good variety of hotels and rental apartments from which to choose, and plenty of good restaurants, markets twice a week (Wednesday and Saturday), and interesting shops, not to mention the usual collection of historic buildings and a maze of narrow, winding medieval streets. More...


You can get to Sarlat-la-Canéda by train, bus or car.

Vehicular access to the historic center is very restricted, so if you come by car your best plan, whether visiting for a few hours, a day, or several nights, is to park your car in one of the several public parking lots on the southern side of the center and walk the short distance to your goal. More...

Sarlat Hotels

Sarlat Restaurants

What to See & Do

Sarlat Transport

Tourist Information




La Roque-Gageac

Lascaux & Montignac

Les Eyzies




About Dordogne


Serene - a novel of the Belle Epoque


Sarlat-la-Canéda, Dordogne, France

Narrow medieval streets of Sarlat.



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