Take a close look while walking through the streets and admire the elegant Gothic and Renaissance buildings. The city was founded in the 9th century, but it was not until the 15th and 16th that the beautiful mansions appeared. The most famous is the former home of Etienne de la Boëtie (16th century judge, writer and philosopher), close friend of famed and influential philosopher Michel de Montaigne. Staying at a campsite in Sarlat, during a weekend or longer, is the guarantee you'll go back to Renaissance times, surrounded by splendors imagined by the period's enlightened minds. If you happen to be more into all things medieval, Manoir de Gisson, among other buildings, awaits you.
Apart from its impressive architecture heritage, Sarlat is a lively, dynamic town that puts forward its refined gastronomy and products. Its many restaurants' menus feature Dordogne's specialties: truffles, ceps, chestnuts in autumn, strawberries in springtime, or at any time, foie gras, pâtés, confit of duck, enchaud (pork meat dish). You'll need to take part to your campsite in Sarlat's sports activities to be able to ingest all these with no guilty feeling! Twice a week, you can buy these, as well as other local products, at the streetmarket.
The wonders of the Dordogne Valley.
Staying at a campsite in Sarlat is also the opportunity to explore a unique area, as far as heritage is concerned, but also natural environment. From Monfort to Saint-Vincent-de-Cosse, the Dordogne River winds through a spectacular landscape that is great for hiking or simply strolling and regenerating.
What's more, the gorgeous views you'll discover host countless towns featured as "most beautiful villages of France" (an official French label). The UNESCO has placed it in the middle of the largest "Man and Biosphere Reserve" of France since July 2012. It also belongs to one of the major tourist sites of the Aquitaine region.
Finally, the valley includes a surprisingly high number of exceptional sites. Medieval fortresses, classified villages and elegant castles are strung out along the river. Among these, La Roque Gageac, Beynac and Castelnaud are certainly the most famous. To discover them, you can obviously follow the road along the river but another pleasant solution is to paddle down the river Dordogne in a canoe. Your campsite in Sarlat might even have its own rental service, on location or with a local partner.
Many campsites allow you to stay in the heart of this beautiful region. All of them guarantee you nice pitches or rentals, some with a view of a castle, others along the river. According to your wishes, you can stay at a campsite in Sarlat with your own gear or travel more lightly and rent a mobile home or cabin.