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Sarlat Things to Do, Activities

World Day of Pipe Organ Celebration

Category:Concerts Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

The celebration takes place in the Sarlat Cathedral.
Dates: May 10, 11, 2014

free thing to do
Web Site:www.sarlat-tourisme.com
Address:Sarlat
Phone:05 53 29 82 12

Rocamadour Sacred Music Festival

Category:Concerts Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

Dates: August 5 to August 26 2014

Web Site:www.rocamadourfestival.com
Address:Rocamadour
Phone:

Truffle Festival

Category:Food and Wine Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

Every year Sarlat host on the third weekend of January the Truffle Festival and the Foie Gras and Truffle Culinary Academy.
The Festival includes workshops open to everybody centered around truffle quality recognition, truffle cooking and even demonstration of truffle searching by trained dogs (in the central square of the town).
Many other animations are free.

Web Site:www.sarlat-tourisme.com
Address:Sarlat
Phone:05.53.31.45.45

Sarlat Fest’oie

Category:Food and Wine Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

Each year Sarlat celebrates the Goose - its emblematic bird with the GOOSE FEST: "Fest’oie".
The event takes place every year, on the third Sunday in February .

Web Site:www.sarlat-tourisme.com/animations-de-sarlat
Address:Sarlat
Phone:

Saturdays Truffle Market

Category:Food and Wine Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

During the months of December, January and February Sarlat host each Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:00pm the truffle market. It is a small but interesting market to visit (and to marvel at the prices that the truffles can reach!) whose location is next to the regular open air market held each Saturday and Sunday in Sarlat main square.

free thing to do
Web Site:
Address:Place Boissarie, Sarlat
Phone:

Truffiere de Pechalifour

Category:Food and Wine Activity takes place in :

Visit a truffle-producing farm. Discover the secrets of the famous Perigord Black Trouffle and try your luck in finding one!
As said on the farm web site: "The objective is simple. During the visit each visitor has to find a truffle at the root of one of the trees".
The truffle search is done with the trained dogs and the tourists are accompanied and given a truffle culture introduction by the owner.
For more information visit the farm's web site.

Web Site:www.truffe-perigord.com
Address:Péchalifour, St Cyprien, 24220 , Dorogne
Phone:

Fly over Dordogne valley on a hot air balloon

Category:From the Sky (Hot Air Balloons,ULM, etc;) Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

Three different companies offer hot air balloon rides over the Dordogne River valley.

All flights are subject to weather conditions.
For more info check out the respective web sites.
Web Site:
Address:
Phone:

Prehistory Welcome Center

Category:Museums and Exhibitions Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

In order to better prepare your voyage in the "Valley of the Man", as the Vezere valley is called, drop by the Prehistory Welcome Center.
As is is written on the center's web site: "The Prehistory Welcome Center, open in July 2010, is dedicated to the discovery and knowledge of prehistory and the Vezere Valley. It will fulfill several functions for the general public: welcoming tourists and providing them with information on the subject of prehistory...".
The center organizes also (free) events centered around the prehistory and its most important sites in Dordogne.
Entrance free for under 25 y.o. and THE FIRST SUNDAY of the month.

Web Site:www.pole-prehistoire.com
Address:30, rue de Moulin, 24620 Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac
Phone:05 53 06 06 97

Sarlat Vintage Cars Meeting

Category:Others Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

The meeting takes place each last Sunday of the month in Sarlat from 10:30am to 12:00pm. It is open to anything on wheels older then 1980 (but also to exceptional newer cars).

free thing to do
Web Site:
Address:Place du 19 Mars 1962, Sarlat
Phone: +33 5 53 59 06 09

Old Crafts and Trades Fest

Category:Others Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

Cenac et Saint Julien is situated some 12km south of Sarlat.
Each July, usually on the last Sunday of the month, the US Cénac Rugby organizes the festival of old crafts and trades.
Animations include: crafts demonstrations, classic cars show, traditional regional lunch and dinner.

Web Site:www.facebook.com/pages/Cenac-ET-Saint-Julien-Associations/203381463009359
Address:Cénac et Saint Julien, Dordogne
Phone:

Bergerac Tabacco Museum and Automobile Museum of Sanxet Castle

Category:Regional Products (Shops) Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

These two interesting museums are located respectively in and close to the town of Bergerac some 56km or 35 mi west of Sarlat.
The Tobacco museum, unique in France, traces the history of tobacco since pre-Columbian times.
The Automobile Museum of Sanxet Castle is located 8 km south of Bergerac in the heart of Monbazillac vineyard. Sanxet Castle itself is on old 14th century English fortress.
The visitor is invited to tour the winery before visiting the museum the displays 30 rare and prestigious cars. The visit finishes with the chateau wine tasting.

Web Site:www.bergerac-tourisme.com/-Musees-
Address:Bergerac, Dordogne
Phone:+33(0)5 53 57 03 11

Boat Trip on Dordogne

Category:River Cruises Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

A 50 minute boat trip on Dordogne river starting from the town of Beynac is offered by "Gabarres de Beynac" company.
The trip take place aboard of a "gabare", a replica of a 19th century boat.
During the trip one can admire the Beynac, Castelnau, Fayrac and Marqueyssac castles.

Web Site:www.gabarre-beynac.com
Address:Gabarres de Beynac
24220 Beynac et Cazenac
Phone:05 53 29 39 76

Dordogne Cruise from La Roque-Gageac

Category:River Cruises Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

La Roque-Gageac is a little village some 13km south of Sarlat. It is the departure point of an 1 hour cruise on the Dordogne river with the "Gabarres Caminade"

Web Site:www.gabarrecaminade.com
Address:24250 La Roque Gageac
Phone:05 53 29 40 95

The Dordogne River by Barge

Category:River Cruises Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

A 55 minutes trip by barge on the Dordogne River starting from the town of La Roque Gageac offers a different point of view of its beautiful valley and of 4 castles: Castelnaud, Marqueyssac, Lacoste and de la Malatrie.

Web Site:www.norbert.fr
Address:Gabares Norbert
Le Bourg, 24250 La Roque Gageac
Phone:05 53 29 40 44

Scenic Train of Haut-Quercy

Category:Scenic Train Rides Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

The train rides slowly on the edges of the cliffs above the Dordogne river from the villages of Martel to Saint-Denis-les-Martel some 40km (24mi) east of Sarlat.

Web Site:www.trainduhautquercy.info
Address:46600 Martel, Lot
Phone:+33 (0)5 65 37 35 81

Belvès Air Show

Category:Sporting Events Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

This event that takes place at Saint-Pardoux airport is the oldest in Aquitaine being created in 1913.
Date: August 15, 2014

Web Site:www.aeroclub-belves.fr
Address:Belvès, Dordogne
Phone:

Castelnau Village Festival

Category:Town/City Festival Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

Carnival, concerts, torchlight descent on the Dordogne, fireworks.
Dates: July 19 - 21 2013

free thing to do
Web Site:www.tourisme-ceou.com
Address:24250 CASTELNAUD-LA-CHAPELLE
Phone:+33 5 53 29 51 21

Chesnut and Cèpe Festival

Category:Town/City Festival Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

The festival takes place each year since 1988 in October in VILLEFRANCHE-DU-PERIGORD some 55km South of Sarlat-la-Canéda.
Animations include: farmer's market, arts and crafts market, parade of Chesnut Brotherhood, dances, gourmet meals, chesnut cake contest, chestnut spitting contest (!) etc.
Dates: October 19, 20, 2013

free thing to do
Web Site:
Address:24550 VILLEFRANCHE-DU-PERIGORD
Phone:+33 5 53 30 44 05

Medieval Fest at Cadouin

Category:Town/City Festival Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

Cadouin - with its famous Abbey an UNESCO listed monument - is situated some 36 km (22 mi) west of Sarlat.
Each year in August the town celebrates its medieval history with a festival.
Date: August 15, 2014

Web Site:www.amisdecadouin.com
Address:Cadouin, Dordogne
Phone:

Gourdon Medieval Festival

Category:Town/City Festival Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

Gourdon is a town in the Lot department (some 25km south east of Sarlat and some 45km north of Cahors). Since 1995 during the first weekend of August Gourdon hosts its Medieval Festival.
Animations include medieval songs and instrumental music, knights' fights, fire-eaters, dancers, acrobats, etc.

Web Site:medievalesdegourdon.jimdo.com/
Address:Gourdon, Lot Department
Phone: 05 65 27 52 50

Monpazier Medieval Festival

Category:Town/City Festival Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

The festival is held each year since 2003.
Animations include: medieval music and dances, knights' combats, medieval banquet etc.
Dates: July 26, 27 2014

Web Site:www.monpazier.fr
Address:Monpazier
Phone:

Rocamadour Medieval Festival

Category:Town/City Festival Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

Animations include: torch procession,medieval combat demostrations, medieval banquet, archery, concerts etc.
Date: July 6, 2014

free thing to do
Web Site:http://www.rocamadourmedievales.com/
Address:Rocamadour
Phone:

Black Perigord Festival

Category:Town/City Festival Activity takes place in : J F M A M J J A S O N D

The Black Perigord Festival ("Le Festival du Périgord Noir") is a classical music festival that takes place each year in different villages and towns of Perigord Noir.
Many concerts take place in the month of July, August and September and quite a few are entrance free.
For more information check the festival's program.

Web Site:www.festivalmusiqueperigordnoir.com/programme
Address:
Phone:05 53 51 95 17

Les Journées du Terroir

Category:Town/City Festival Activity takes place in :

Each year on the Thursday and Friday of the feast of Ascention the Sarlat Town Hall organizes the "Journées du Terroir" or Festival of the regional agricultural products.
Food tasting and different events (duck cutting, nut oil pressing nuts, jam making and many other ...) are offered throughout the two days.
Dates: May 29-30 2014

free thing to do
Web Site:www.sarlat-tourisme.com
Address:
Phone:05.53.31.45.45

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