An ideal way to enjoy the architecture and understand some of the history of the town of Sarlat is to join one of the Office de Tourisme’s guided walking tours.

During the Summer months (May to October) these start from the Tourist Office on Wednesdays at 11am and are conducted in many different languages. We joined one at the end of May on a very warm day (although the guide seemed to be wrapped up in her Winter coat!). After picking up a ticket the tour starts and you are taken on a relaxed one hour walk through the cobbled streets of Sarlat and the guide talks knowledgeably through many of the features and architectural history of the town.

Wednesday is also the mid-week market day, and in Summer this can be quite busy with tourists generally. However, the walking tour doesn’t feel crowded and is a good way to get around and see Sarlat’s great buildings without getting overwhelmed by the market throngs.

Although the Wednesday tour is one you can just turn up and join on the day, the Office de Tourisme also organises tours for larger groups. More information can be found on their website : Sarlat Office de Tourisme.