If you have booked a holiday to the Dordogne – Lot region, then visiting Sarlat is a "must". Sarlat is seen as the pearl of the Perigord and that is not without reason.
History of Sarlat
Sarlat-la-Canéda, as the city is officially called, was created in the 9th century when a Benedictine monastery was built there. From the 13th century Sarlat gained its glory when it became an important trading city which lay on the route to Santiago de Compostela. After that, it led a dormant existence for centuries. There was no interest in modernizing or investing in this region. Thanks to this the Dordogne region remained in its authentic form. This is exactly what makes the region so attractive to tourists.
The old town of Sarlat
One of the most beautiful medieval towns in the Dordogne is Sarlat, a city with a lot of charm and grandeur. The restored city centre has over 250 Renaissance-style houses. Sarlat has the most monuments per square meter in all of France. It is not for nothing that after Paris and Nice most films are shot here. The city centre is completely car-free, which contributes to the medieval atmosphere. You can walk through the narrow streets, will have to climb a flight of stairs occasionally and after every corner you’ll be greeted by a picturesque street. During the summer Sarlat is very busy. If you want to enjoy Sarlat quietly, it is best to go during the spring or autumn.