Top Choice Market in Sarlat-la-Canéda

Weekly Markets

For an introductory French market experience, visit Sarlat’s heavily touristed Saturday market, which takes over the streets around Cathédrale St-Sacerdos. Depending on the season, delicacies include local mushrooms…
Top Choice Cathedral in Sarlat-la-Canéda

Cathédrale St-Sacerdos

Once part of Sarlat’s Cluniac abbey, the original abbey church was built in the 1100s, redeveloped in the early 1500s, and remodelled again in the 1700s, so it’s a real mix of styles. The belfry and western façade a…
Top Choice Museum in Périgueux

Musée d’Art et d’Archéologie du Périgord

The city’s museum displays fine Roman mosaics, prehistoric scrimshaw, medieval stonework from the Cathédrale St-Front, and interesting art (mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries).
Top Choice Cathedral in Périgueux

Cathédrale St-Front

Périgueux’ most distinctive landmark is most notable for its five creamy Byzantine tower-topped domes (inspired by either St Mark’s Basilica in Venice or the church of the Holy Apostles of Constantinople, depending …
Top Choice Church in Sarlat-la-Canéda

Église Ste-Marie

Église Ste-Marie was ingeniously converted by acclaimed architect Jean Nouvel, whose parents still live in Sarlat, into the town’s touristy Marché Couvert. Its panoramic lift offers 360-degree views across Sarlat’s …
Top Choice Roman Sites in Périgueux

Musée Gallo-Romain Vesunna

Part of the park that contains the Tour de Vésone, this sleek museum designed by French architect Jean Nouvel encompasses a 1st-century Roman villa uncovered in 1959. Light floods in through the glass-and-steel stru…
Top Choice Museum in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil & Around

Musée National de Préhistoire

Inside a marvellous modern building alongside the cliffs, this museum provides a fine prehistory primer (providing your French is good) with the most comprehensive collection of prehistoric finds in France. Highligh…
Top Choice Historic Quarter in Périgueux

St-Front Quarter

North of the cathedral, Périgueux’ broad boulevards give way to a tangle of cobblestone streets lined with medieval houses. The best examples are along rue du Plantier, rue de la Sagesse, rue de la Miséricorde and r…
Top Choice Roman Sites in Périgueux

Tour de Vésone

This 24.5m-high cella (shrine) is the last remaining section of a massive 2nd-entury Gallo-Roman temple dedicated to Roman goddess Vesunna.
Top Choice Roman Sites in Périgueux

Roman Amphitheatre

The ruins of the city’s amphitheatre, designed to hold more than 20,000 baying spectators, was one of the largest such structures in Gaul. Today the tops of the arches have been revealed and embrace a peaceful park …