Discover a genuine jewel of medieval and Renaissance architecture in Perigord thanks to a vacation at a campsite in Sarlat. Strolling through the old town with its perfectly preserved ocher stones is is like walking through history, in a truly amazing setting. Did you know for instance that Sarlat, capital city of Perigord Noir, or Black Perigord, is famous for being the city with the highest density of classified historical monuments in the whole world?
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 is only in 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 philosopher Michel de Montaigne. Staying at a campsite in Sarlat, during a weekend or longer, is the guarantee you'll get back in 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.