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Dordogne

Sarlat-la-Canéda

Embark on an adventure from charming Sarlat! Explore prehistoric caves, discover medieval castles, and wander through picturesque villages on private or shared Dordogne tours. Choose half-day or full-day options led by expert English-speaking guides. Unforgettable discoveries await!

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Learn more about Sarlat-la-Canéda

Step Back in Time: Exploring the Medieval Magic of Sarlat, France Nestled in the heart of France's Dordogne region, Sarlat beckons travelers with its captivating medieval architecture, vibrant markets, and rich historical tapestry. This guide unlocks the secrets of Sarlat, to ensure you discover the most engaging and relevant information for an unforgettable adventure. Why Sarlat Should Be Your Next Destination? Sarlat offers a captivating journey through time. With its well-preserved medieval buildings, charming cobblestone streets, and lively markets, the town exudes an authentic French charm. History buffs, food enthusiasts, and anyone seeking a taste of rural France will find themselves ...

Step Back in Time: Exploring the Medieval Magic of Sarlat, France

Nestled in the heart of France's Dordogne region, Sarlat beckons travelers with its captivating medieval architecture, vibrant markets, and rich historical tapestry.

This guide unlocks the secrets of Sarlat, to ensure you discover the most engaging and relevant information for an unforgettable adventure.

Why Sarlat Should Be Your Next Destination?

Sarlat offers a captivating journey through time. With its well-preserved medieval buildings, charming cobblestone streets, and lively markets, the town exudes an authentic French charm.

History buffs, food enthusiasts, and anyone seeking a taste of rural France will find themselves enchanted by Sarlat's magic.

Unveiling the Treasures of Sarlat

Explore the Enchanting Old Town:

  • Sarlat-la-Canéda: Wander the labyrinthine streets, marveling at the Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

  • Place de la Liberté: Immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere of the main square, especially vibrant on market days.

Indulge in Markets and Local Delights:

  • Sarlat Market: Experience one of France's finest markets, overflowing with fresh produce, foie gras, truffles, and a treasure trove of local delicacies.

  • Local Restaurants: Savor the flavors of Dordogne cuisine at the town's numerous restaurants.

Discover Cultural and Historical Gems:

  • Saint-Sacerdos Cathedral: Witness the grandeur of this impressive cathedral, a testament to Sarlat's rich past.

  • Maison de La Boétie: Explore the birthplace of the renowned philosopher, Étienne de La Boétie.

Embark on Captivating Day Trips:

  • Dordogne River: Explore the breathtaking beauty of the Dordogne River, offering opportunities for canoeing and scenic boat trips.

  • Nearby Castles: Journey to nearby castles like Château de Beynac and Château de Castelnaud.

Immerse Yourself in Festivals and Events:

  • Sarlat Fest’Oie: Celebrate the town's gastronomic heritage with this lively festival dedicated to geese and foie gras.

  • Sarlat Theatre Festival: Enjoy captivating performances staged in the historic streets and squares during this summer festival.

Elevate Your Sarlat Escape with Ophorus

For a seamless and unforgettable experience, explore Sarlat with Ophorus' expertly crafted day tours and private tours.

Private Tours from Sarlat:

  • Exclusive Access: Gain access to unique sites and hidden gems, crafting a personalized itinerary tailored to your interests.

  • Customized Experiences: Design your ideal tour, focusing on specific historical landmarks, vibrant markets, or breathtaking scenic views.

Dordogne and Castles Tour:

  • Scenic Beauty: Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes of the Dordogne region, visiting some of its most captivating castles.

  • Historical Insights: Gain fascinating insights into the history and architecture of these magnificent structures.

Culinary and Wine Tours:

  • Gastronomic Delights: Embark on a culinary adventure, savoring the best of Dordogne's cuisine, featuring foie gras, truffles, and exquisite local wines.

  • Market Visits: Explore the vibrant local markets, sampling and purchasing regional specialties.

Cultural and Historical Tours:

  • In-Depth Exploration: Delve into the rich history of Sarlat and the surrounding region with knowledgeable guides.

  • Heritage Sites: Visit significant historical landmarks and uncover their stories.

Planning Your Dordogne Adventure

Effortless Arrival: Sarlat is conveniently accessible by train from major cities like Bordeaux and Paris. The town is also well-connected by road, making it easy to drive from other parts of France.

Ideal Visit Timing: Spring and summer offer pleasant weather, perfect for exploring the town and its surroundings. Fall provides a quieter experience with stunning autumn foliage.

Accommodation and Dining: Indulge in charming hotels and historic bed-and-breakfasts. Savor regional dishes at local restaurants and cozy bistros.

Sarlat, a captivating blend of historical charm, cultural richness, and culinary delights, offers a wealth of experiences for every visitor. Explore the medieval streets, lose yourself in the vibrant markets, or embark on captivating day trips to nearby wonders.

Plan your visit today and immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of Sarlat with Ophorus. Let us guide you on a journey that will tantalize your taste buds, broaden your knowledge, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Unlock the magic of Dordogne today!

Visit Ophorus Tours to explore our expertly crafted Dordogne experiences.

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FAQ

  • Where is Sarlat la Canéda located in France?

    Sarlat la Canéda or simply Sarlat is located in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region of France in the Dordogne department, between Paris and Toulouse in the South of France. The town is also located East of Bordeaux. Sarlat is famous for its historical city centre and home to one of the most unique markets in France.
  • How do you get from Paris to Sarlat la Canéda?

    There are different ways to get from Paris to Sarlat la Canéda. By train there are two options: one is to leave from Paris and take the TGV train to Bordeaux. Once arrived in Bordeaux, you will need to change trains (without changing stations) and take the train that links Bordeaux to Sarlat. Even though the fast train will take you from Paris to Bordeaux in approximately 2 hours, the train from Bordeaux to Sarlat is a regional train that usually stops in every single village and town on the way. Because of this, the train journey can take up to 3 1/2 hours. Another option is to take the train from Paris to Toulouse and stop in Souillac. This will take around 5 hours. Once arrived in Souillac you have an option for a bus transfer to Sarlat (on certain hours) or you can program a private transfer with our company. In this case, we will come and pick you up at Souillac train station and transfer you to your accommodation.
  • What is there to see & do in Sarlat la Canéda?

    Sarlat is a charming small town of France. Located in the heart of the Dordogne region, modern history has largely passed it by. Sarlat has remained preserved and is one of the towns most representative of 14th century France. Located in the heart of the Perigord Noir, the town possesses an outstanding number of buildings and houses dating from the 13th to 18th century. Its name evokes to all French both gastronomic and cultural pleasures. Its worldwide reputation is linked with its rich history dating from Paleolithic Ages onward. Its evolution over the centuries has left it with an exceptional heritage. As the first city in France to be safeguarded by being restored under the Malraux law of 1964, its classification as a “City of Art & History” is a testament to its high architectural value. Sarlat has been awarded the exceptional Three Star classification by the Michelin Travel Guide, making it equal to Europe’s most beautiful cities. During one of our Sarlat small group sightseeing day tours, you will have the opportunity to visit the fabulous Dordogne region.
  • What are your most popular day trips from Sarlat?

    Our most popular day trips from Sarlat are the half day most beautiful villages tour where our guests discover charming medieval villages that are located along the Dordogne valley and that includes a boat ride on the River Dordogne. Our other most popular day trip from Sarlat is our Paleolithic Art tour of the Dordogne that includes the visit of the National Prehistory Museum, the visit of the original cave of Rouffignac and the visit of Lascaux IV International Center of Parietal Art that also includes the visit of Lascaux IV cave.
  • How long should I stay in Sarlat?

    Sarlat is one of our destinations where people stay the longest. The area is so diverse and our day trips so different one from another that the average number of days that guests stay in Sarlat is 4 days. You can admire beautiful castles and villages on one day, cave art & prehistory on another and add Padirac chasm & Rocamadour village on a third day and all three day trips are completely different and unique. If you are into food & wine or gardens, then a 4th day is a must. What also makes guests stay longer here than in other regions of France is the very good value for money when it comes to accommodation and dining options. Sarlat is without a doubt one of the most popular food destination in France and the high number of restaurants in town insure very affordable meals.
  • As a Dordogne destination specialist, what are some tips you think are useful?

    As a local operator of tours, activities & day trips from Sarlat for more than 10 years now, we certainly have some very helpful tips that we would love to share with you. 1. Sarlat is not the easiest town in France to reach and this was made on purpose to limit the number of visitors. If this destination is on your bucket list then be prepared to earn it. Once arrived, you will not be disappointed. 2. If possible, keep away from the destination in July and August when the French are on vacation. This is a very popular destination for the French as many parents bring their children here to introduce them to Prehistory and Medieval architecture. August should definitely be avoided because of traffic (small, winding roads), crowds and herendous queues for all activities or attractions. 3. For Sarlat market (especially the Saturday market), unless your accommodation is in Sarlat, don't arrive at 11.00am or after. You will probably end up wasting time finding a parking space and just move on to something else. Starting from April until end of October, the Sarlat market is one of the most popular in the whole region and attracts both French and foreign visitors. Want to spend a really nice time at the Market, arrive early - market starts at 7.00am. 4. Dordogne is a magical destination and certainly one where you can take a leap back in time. This means that you will visit medieval villages & castles that have remained pretty much the same for centuries. Narrow cobblestone streets, uneven paths, steep walks, damp and cold caves are just a few examples of what to expect on many of your day trips while in the Dordogne. If you have walking issues or health problems, then Dordogne might just not be the right destination for you. Keep this in mind and choose your visits carefully. 5. Not a fan of eating meat? Then a trip to the Dordogne might become a bit of a stress for you. Of course you will always find some type of solution with salads, pizzas, cheese and so on. But be carefull, locals sometimes don't include ham or lardons (bacon bits) as meat and will do everything they can to have you taste gizzards if you choose a salad. Remember that you are in a rural area of France where DUCK is king. Duck breast, duck confit, duck foie gras, dried magret duck - as many guests comment at the end of their stay, they are ducked out! Fortunately, this is changing and there are now a few vegetarian restaurants in Sarlat.
  • What are the 6 Best Day Trips from Sarlat France?

    There are several interesting day trips you can take from Sarlat: 1. Lascaux Cave: The Lascaux Cave is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located about an hour's drive from Sarlat. It is home to a series of ancient cave paintings that are considered some of the finest examples of prehistoric art in the world. 2. The Dordogne River: The Dordogne River is known for its beautiful scenery and outdoor activities. You can go canoeing or kayaking on the river, or just relax on the banks and enjoy the scenery. 3. Rocamadour: Rocamadour is a medieval village located about an hour and a half from Sarlat. It is built into the side of a cliff and is home to a number of historic sites, including the Notre-Dame chapel, the Saint-Sauveur Basilica, and the Château de Rocamadour. 4. Brantôme: Brantôme is a small town located about an hour's drive from Sarlat. It is known for its beautiful abbey, which was founded in the 8th century and is considered one of the oldest in France. 5. Périgueux: Périgueux is a city located about an hour's drive from Sarlat. It is known for its Roman ruins, including the Vesunna Gallo-Roman Museum, which features artifacts from the city's Roman past. 6. Bordeaux: Bordeaux is a city located about a two-hour drive from Sarlat. It is known for its beautiful architecture, world-class wine, and rich history. It is also a great place to visit if you are interested in food and wine, as it is home to a number of Michelin-starred restaurants and world-renowned wineries.

Reviews from our Sarlat-la-Canéda trips

  • Pat Hicks

    14, Jul 2024

    We spent the day with your amazing guide, Anne! She took us to the Prehistoric Museum in Les Eyzies, the cave in Rouffignac and Lascaux IV, as wellas...
  • Claire C

    11, Jul 2024

    Anna our tour guide was fabulously knowledgeable and great fun. Encouraged conversation between the group. A great blend of tasting and history in a lovely...
  • J7009JF

    04, Jun 2024

    The guide Anne was very kind and knowledgeable about the area, it was a good tour, only
    wished it was longer!
  • Ceajay Beer

    30, May 2024

    Great tour around some old french towns and a boat ride. Our guide, Anne, was fantastic. Very friendly and informative. She seems passionate about the...
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