Sarlat la Canéda

City of Art and History in the heart of the Périgord Noir

Sarlat is the first safeguarded area in France to have been restored according to the Malraux law of 1964. Its classification as a City of Art and History confirms its high architectural quality. Sarlat is also known for having the highest density of historical and classified monuments.

An art of life

Listed in a golden triangle between Dordogne and Vézère that enclose it as a delta, Sarlat, capital of Black Perigord, black as truffle – the black diamond – or as oaks that cover its slopes or the freshly plowed land of its fertile valleys, really seems to have been blessed by the gods. Sarlat, whose wealth of cultural life or gastronomy has nothing to envy to the beauty of its streets lined with old houses of ocher stone, is discovered throughout the year, the rhythm of the seasons.

City of Art and History

Sarlat is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in France. Its safeguarded sector, inscribed in the record books for “the highest density in listed buildings”, is rich in 66 monuments classified or inscribed within a perimeter of 11 hectares. Sarlat is also listed in the famous Green Guide as a “worth seeing” site, with 3 stars.
Sarlat, City of Art and History, is part of a network with European reference contributing to its worldwide renown.


Lover of old stones or pleasures of the table, offer yourself a parenthesis in Sarlat, capital of the Périgord Noir. The medieval city, a veritable architectural gem with nearly 74 historic monuments, jealously defends its culture, its terroir and its gastronomy to the point of having dedicated many events to it that are worth visiting.

The Perigord Noir

The Périgord Noir is located south east of the Dordogne. With the Périgords green, white and purple, it is one of the four entities of this tourist region. It is known for its castles, prehistoric sites, medieval villages and landscapes.

The Dordogne Valley

The Dordogne valley and its entire watershed has been classified by UNESCO for the preservation of its natural heritage. It is a place where to live and spend your holidays!
It is a valley with unspoilt nature and major heritage sites: the villages of Beynac, Roque Gageac, Domme classified among the most beautiful villages in France, the sites of Castelnaud, Marqueyssac and many others. The natural setting of the valley makes it conducive to rest and practice multiple leisure activities: canoeing, swimming …

The valley of the Vézère

The Vézère crosses the Périgord Noir and joins the Dordogne at Limeuil. It crosses the cities of Terrasson, Montignac (Lascaux), Eyzies, the world capital of prehistory and Bugue. Swimming, canoeing are done in the preserved natural setting of the Vézère valley. The color of the Vézère comes from the silt present in its waters which explains the fertility of the valley.

The Vézère valley is best known for the extraordinary concentration of prehistoric sites. Fourteen of them were declared World Heritage by Unesco in 1979. Others such as Regourdou, Bara-Bahau and Castel Merle are classified as historical monuments.

The preserved natural setting of the Vézère valley makes it an ideal destination for outdoor recreation. Walking, hiking, Nordic walking, but also canoeing, swimming … Many places in the vézère valley are classified and protected so that visitors and local people can enjoy it sustainably.

Pleasure of the mouth … We are in Dordogne Périgord, at the base of the tourist golden triangle constituted by Sarlat, Montignac Lascaux and Les Eyzies, world capital of prehistory. The gastronomy of the Dordogne has greatly contributed to the renown of French cuisine, especially by providing refined dishes: foie gras, Perigord black truffles, cepes …