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A film set with probably the best market in France

This magnificently restored Gothic and Renaissance town is situated deep in the heart of the Périgord Noir in a basin surrounded by wooded hills. Sarlat, officially Sarlat-la-Canéda, has been the location for two Hollywood films, The Duelists and Timeline. However, it is much more than a film set. Sarlat is a busy small town with a Saturday market to die for which is arguably the best in France.

Place de la Liberté

Sarlat’s main square. the Place de la Liberté is a great place to relax, enjoy the surrounding architecture and people watch!

A town of two halves

The old town is divided in two by the rue de la République where you’ll find many of the shops. On both sides of the Traverse, as the locals call it, the old town houses, built using a golden hued limestone and roofed in lauzes or stone slabs, open onto ancient courtyards which take you back in time.

Behind the Cathedral can be found the rather spooky round tower with a conical roof. Associated with the visit of St Bernard in 1147, nobody knows what the Lanterne des Morts was for!


Don’t miss the aforementioned Saturday market but, if you do, there is one on Wednesdays which is almost as good!

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Sarlat Market

Arguably the best market in France

Sarlat: Café Le Lébérou

A cool place to chill

Sarlat: Cathédrale St Sacerdos

Sarlat's Cathedral

Sarlat: Lanterne des Morts

Lantern of the Dead

Sarlat: Le Glacier Accommodation

Charming accommodation in the heart of Sarlat (l, d €)

Sarlat: Place de la Liberté

Sarlat's Main Square

Sarlat: The Jimmy’s Bar

People watching in Sarlat

Sarlat: West side

On the other side of the Traverse

Text © Paul Shawcross

Images by Photo by jacme31, Photo by Paul Shawcross