Things to See and Do in Sarlat the Dordogne


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The Dordogne Valley has things to see & do that suits everyone. Soak up history by visiting the Chateaux of the area or the Pre Historic Sites that dot the valley. By day sample the local food delights by wandering through the village markets and by night dine on regional cusine at one of the local restaurants. Float down the Dordogne or Vezere rivers in a canoe, or simply laze at one of the gorgeous river beaches.

Chateaux | Things to See and Do in Sarlat and the Dordogne

Visit the Valley of the Chateaux and explore the medieval chateaux of the area. The Chateaux of the Dordogne include:

Explore the areas towns and villages. Here are some suggestions…

Les Eyzies de Tayac | Things to See and Do in Sarlat and the Dordogne

This picturesque village on the Vezere river is home to the National Pre Historic Museum which houses one of the worlds most complete collections of pre historic artifacts.

Lascaux Caves | Things to See and Do in Sarlat and the Dordogne

Near the village of Montignac are caves with Paleolithic cave paintings which are estimated to date back 17,300 years and well worth a visit while you are in the area.

La Roque-Gageac | Things to See and Do in Sarlat and the Dordogne

La Roque-Gageac is in a magnificent location. A gorgeous village of riverside houses squeezed between the Dordogne river in the front and sheltered below the overhanging cliffs behind, it is truly a ‘picture postcard’ village.

Domme | Things to See and Do in Sarlat and the Dordogne

Domme sits of the top of a hill and offers a vast panorama over the Dordogne valley. Entirely enclosed by walls this old Bastide town offers an amazing glimpse into the past.

Markets | Things to See and Do in Sarlat and the Dordogne

The Markets are an important part of daily life in France, it is a chance for locals to meet and exchange gossip and to buy the best possible produce available. If you are in France during cherry or strawberry season – buy some. They will be the best fruit you have ever eaten!

The Dordogne is renowned for duck and goose products, walnuts and Rocamadour cheese which is produced nearby. When shopping in markets in the Dordogne pick up some confit de canard to cook when you get back to your holiday gite.

If you are visiting the markets in the Dordogne in the peak of summer it is advisable to get there early as it can get very busy.

Markets Schedule | Things to See and Do in Sarlat and the Dordogne

Dordogne Market Schedule 2014

Monday Markets in the Dordogne

  • La Capelle Biron: evenings – general market
  • Les Eyzies de Tayac: mornings – general market
  • Sainte Alvère: mornings – general market
  • Sainte Alvère: 15 June to 15 September – market sells local produce
  • Sainte Alvère: December to February – Truffle market
  • Tocane St Apre: morning market in the centre of town – general goods and food

Tuesday Markets in the Dordogne

  • Brantôme: mid June to mid September mornings – fresh farm produce
  • Castillonnès: mornings – general market
  • Eymet: evening market during July and August
  • Le Bugue-sur-Vézère: mornings – fresh regional produce
  • Mareuil-sur-Belle: mornings – fresh food
  • Riberac: May to September morning market at Place de la Liberté – fresh farm produce
  • Saint-Amand-de-Coly: July and August evenings from 18:00 – local farm produce
  • Saint-Aulaye Dordogne: last Tuesday of the month – fair

Wednesday Markets in the Dordogne

  • Belvès: July and August evenings around the hall – local farm produce.
  • Bergerac: mornings at Place du Marché Couvert – fruits and vegetables.
  • Perigueux: mornings at Place du Coderc, Place de la Clautre, Place de la Mairie – fresh farm produce.
  • Perigueux: all day market at Place Bugeaud and Place Francheville – arts and crafts and fabrics.
  • Perigueux: mid November to mid March, mornings at Place St Louis – marché au gras (duck and goose produce) and truffles.
  • Sarlat: mornings at Place de la Liberté and streets around – fresh regional produce.

Thursday Markets in the Dordogne

  • Excideuil Dordogne: mornings – large general market.
  • Eymet Dordogne: mornings – general market. This market has been running regularly since 1270.
  • Saint Astier Dordogne: mornings – general market held year round.
  • Saint-Aulaye Dordogne: mornings – fish market.
  • Terrasson Dordogne: mornings – marché au gras (duck and goose produce) and truffles.

Friday Markets in the Dordogne

  • Brantôme: mornings – general market.
  • Brantôme: July and August, farmer’s market selling local specialities.
  • Brantôme: December to February, mornings – truffle market.
  • Brantôme: 1 November to 15 December – morning nut market.
  • La Roque-Gageac: June to September 9:00 13:00 on the main square – local farm produce.
  • Riberac: mornings, throughout the city centre – general market. The biggest market of the Perigord.
  • Riberac: 15 November to 15 March, mornings in the Salle Polyvalente – marché au gras (duck and goose produce).
  • Riberac: Autumn in Place André-Pradeau – morning nut market

Saturday Markets in the Dordogne

  • Belvès: mornings, around the hall – general market.
  • Bergerac: mornings at the Place du Marché Couvert – fruits and vegetables.
  • Le Bugue-sur-Vézère: mornings – fresh regional produce.
  • Montignac: mornings – fresh produce.
  • Monpazier: Mornings – fresh produce
  • Mussidan: mornings – fresh farm produce.
  • Nontron: 2nd Saturday of July, evening in Place Alfred Agard – African market.
  • Perigueux: mid-November to mid-March, mornings at Place St Louis – marché au gras (duck and goose produce) and truffles.
  • Perigueux: mornings at Place du Coderc, Place de la Clautre, Place de la Mairie – fresh farm produce.
  • Riberac: 3rd Saturday of August, all day – antiques market.
  • Sarlat: all day market in Place de la Grande Rigaudie and Place Boissarie – fresh regional produce (and in winter only marché au gras and truffles). A highlight of the markets in the Dordogne.
  • Saint-Aulaye: mornings – fresh farm produce.
  • Villefranche-du-Perigord: September and October mornings in Place de Villefranche – chestnut market.

Sunday Markets in the Dordogne

  • Eymet: occasional morning artist market.
  • Issigeac: mornings – general market.
  • Riberac: May to September, mornings at Place du Relais – fresh farm produce.
  • Rouffignac St-Cernin de Reilhac: mornings – local produce, fish, fruit and vegetable, flowers, also clothes and a Chinese food stall.
  • Saint-Cyprien: mornings in summer.

Special Markets in the Dordogne

  • Audrix: July and August from 18:00 to 23:00 – local farm produce.
  • Brantôme: July and August – fresh farm produce.
  • Issigeac: 1st weekend of May – flower market.
  • Mussidan: July and August, daily except Monday, under the hall – fresh farm produce.
  • Riberac: July and August – arts and crafts evening markets.
  • Rouffignac St-Cernin de Reilhac: Wednesday evenings from 18:00 from July to beginning August at Place du marché.
  • Saint-Aulaye: 2nd weekend of August in the evening – wine, cheese and regional produce fair.
  • Thiviers: 3rd weekend of August – wine and food fair.
  • Villefranche-du-Perigord: in season, June to October – cepes (wild mushroom) market. (Note: Market days depend on there being enough mushrooms (500 kg). Call the Mairie to find out if the market is on: 05 53 29 91 44)

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