In the heart of the “Pays de l’Homme” and its countless historical treasures, Sarlat, capital of the Périgord Noir, is a major historical town with a magnificent medieval architecture in the town centre.
The history of Sarlat goes back to the Middle Ages when the Order of Saint Benedict took refuge and built an abbey which became more and more powerful over time, gentrifying the town. During the Hundred Years’ War, Sarlat was also coveted by the English, but remained loyal to the King of France.
A stroll through the winding and picturesque streets of the town reveals many wonders, including the house where Etienne de La Boetie was born and many sumptuously decorated private houses. A lift also allows you to enjoy a panoramic view of Sarlat from 40 metres above ground.
Its exceptional architecture makes Sarlat a common location for filming, which makes it a Mecca for the 7th art.
In order to modernize in a subtle way, the town has given carte blanche to the local architect Jean Nouvel to redevelop the Sainte-Marie church into a covered market. An incredible place offering all the local products of the Périgord.
Markets are held throughout the town on Wednesdays and Saturdays in a friendly atmosphere. The covered market is open every day during the summer, while Thursday evenings are reserved for an organic market.
Summer is also the time when the Festival des Jeux du Théâtre de Sarlat (theatre festival) takes place, usually from mid-July. It is the oldest in its category after Avignon, the first in Aquitaine and one of the most renowned in France.