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Dordogne is a massive region in the Southwest of France with a variety of attractions and places to visit. In this article, I want to help you decide where to stay in Dordogne so you can visit as many places in the region as possible without driving too much. 

My list includes towns and villages in Dordogne that can be the best base for your family or solo trip. Some are a great fit for history lovers, some for people who must be surrounded by stunning views, and others are lively places that will help you discover the good life in Dordogne. In every one of my suggestions are also added a few accommodation recommendations.

Before deciding where to stay, check out my article about how to get to different parts of Dordogne.

Get familiar with the different parts of the Dordogne department

Dordogne (historically called Périgord) is divided into four parts, named by color after each one’s resource. Here’s a good map just to give you an idea of where every part is located.

Perigord Noir (black), named for the dark oak forests rich soil, and the decadent truffles found there, is where most of the stunning villages of Dordogne (and maybe even France!) are located. 

Saint Amand de Coly - one of the most beautiful villages in France
Saint Amand de Coly – Lost in Bordeaux

Périgord Pourpre (purple) is the second-largest wine region in Nouvelle Aquitaine, after Bordeaux, and so the color of the grapes is where it draws its name from.

Perigord Blanc (white), the central part of the department takes its name from the white chalk used to build the houses in many of its towns. 

Périgord Vert (green) known for its green scenery is filled with lush meadows due to the high amount of rainfall in the area. It’s the northern quiet part of Dordogne, that offers quite a few hidden gems.

Where to base yourself when you’re visiting Dordogne, France

Sarlat – one of the liveliest places in Dordogne 

If you like vibrant places but still want to feel cozy and safe, Sarlat le Canada (Sarlat) is your place. This small city is booming with cafes, restaurants, and regional food boutiques so be sure you can always get something delicious to eat. A big part of the historic center is kept pedestrian with charming narrow cobblestoned streets. It’s a perfect place to stroll around with your kids. 

Sarlat is the best base to expolre dordogne
The lively Sarlat – Lost in Bordeaux

Sarlat is the capital of Périgord noir, the part where most of Dordogne’s landmarks are located. Staying there will position you just a few minutes’ drive from some of the most beautiful villages in France like La Roque Cageac and Beynac. You’re also in proximity to famous castles like Château de Castelnaud and to several amazing gardens in Dordogne.

Check out this article for all the best day trips you can do from Sarlat
It is a perfect base, especially for families visiting the region. It’ll help you visit plenty of kid-friendly places in Dordogne without having to drive a lot.

What’s not to miss in Sarlat:

One thing you shouldn’t miss when staying in Sarlat is its amazing market which takes place on Saturday and Wednesday mornings. You can even take a food tour at the market to discover the best gastronomy in the region.  Sarlat gets very busy and crowded in the summer so be careful if you’re traveling with little kids. 

Sarlat host one of th best markets in Sarlat
The market of Sarlat – Lost in Bordeaux

I have a detailed guide on Sarlat, so you can read about everything to do in the town there. 

Recommended hotels in Sarlat 

Les Cordeliers – this charismatic hotel is great for visiting Sarlat with its central location, spacious rooms, and generous breakfast offerings. Book your stay here.

Le Royere – if you rather rent an apartment while you’re discovering Dorodnge, this is a great option. The apartment is set in a beautiful 16th-century mansion and is very centrally located.
You can book the apartment here

Tournythis is a cozy studio in the center of Sarlat, perfect for a romantic weekend in Dordogne. Book it here

La Maison du Notaire Royal -A B&B in the center of Sarlat is a nice place to stay with kids if you’re looking for something central. It includes breakfast and has a picnic area at the property. You can book a room here

Domme  – one of France’s most beautiful villages

A stunning village in the Perigord Noir, that you shouldn’t miss whether you’re staying here or not. Domme is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France and it’s easy to see why. 

The center of Domme is abundant with ancient houses covered with flowers in vivid pottery. It offers plenty of restaurant options, from fancy ones to a cheese bar and a light lunch cafe. It’s known for its mesmerizing view of the Dordogne Vallee and I absolutely enjoyed my scenic quiet walks there.

Domme is one of the best places to stay to discover the south of Dordogne
The view of the Dordogne Valley from Domme – by Lost in Bordeaux

Apart from the stunning center, there’s no lack of entertainment nearby. Within a few minutes’ drive, you get to go kayaking on the river and visit one of the charming villages in the region, Daglan. 

Staying in Domme you’ll be located close to some of the main attractions like Marqueyssac Gardens, the stunning village of La Roque-Gageac, and the impressive castle of Castelnaud. 

Where to stay in Domme

The last time we visited Domme, we stayed in a charming B&B in the center of Domme, called 1 Logis à Domme. It’s owned by a lovely couple that created a magical garden where you can have a drink/ or a picnic, admiring the view of the Dordogne Valley. The place also has a pool and a Jacuzzi and we had a marvelous time there. Book your stay here

1 Logis à Domme - amazing accomodation in Domme
1 Logis à Domme – by Lost in Bordeaux

Le Bugue – the perfect location for families 

Le Bugue is the perfect location for families traveling in Dordogne. Most days you won’t even have to use your car as most of the attractions are within walking distance from the city center. 

Some of the attractions that your kids will absolutely adore are Le Bournat amusement park, canoeing on the Vézère River, Aquarium Noir du Perigord, Le Labyrinthe Préhistorique, and more. See all the best things to do with kids in Dorodgne in my article

Le Bournat one of the best parks for kids in Dorodgne, located in Le Bugue
Le Bournat park in Le Bugue – Lost in Bordeaux

Every Tuesday le Bugue hosts a lovely market in the city center. You can enjoy plenty of local delicacies and even some food trucks with great ready food. The last time I was there with my kids, we bought food at the market and went for a picnic on the other side of the river (near Aire de Camping Car du Bugue). 

The town is located in the heart of the Dordogne, which makes it very easy to get to many caves, castles, gardens, and villages you may want to visit on your trip. 

Some of the main attractions nearby are Limeuil (6km), Les Eyzies and some of the prehistoric caves (10km), Beynac (24 km), Château des Milandes (25km), and more.

Le Bugue - a beautiful town on the the Vizere river
Le Bugue – a beautiful town on the Vizere river

Recommended hotels in Le Bugue

One of the best B&Bs for families in Le Bugue is Maison Olea. The house has five charming bedrooms and a pool and it’s located close to the city center. Book your stay here. 

If you’re looking for a camping site, Camping du Bournat is your best option. 

For a more unique experience, you should check out le Nid2Reve in Savignac-de-Miremont (7km from le Bugue). Book your stay here. For a romantic stay, check out Le Clos des etoiles B&B in le Bugue. 

Les Eyzies de Tayac – the prehistoric center of the Dordogne

Les Eyzies is the prehistoric center of Dordogne, so if you’re interested in that aspect of the region, this is definitely a place to consider. In one small town, you’ll find a few prehistoric caves, the Prehistoric National Museum, and the Cro-Magnon Museum. 

Les Eyzies - the prehistoric center of Dordogne
Les Eyzies – by Lost in Bordeaux

As the town attracts many tourists during the season, it’s also a rather lively place with plenty of cafes and restaurants along the main road. Every Friday evening in the summer,  Les Eyzies is hosting one of the best summer markets in Dordogne.

In my opinion, the town is less charming than Sarlat but there are plenty of things you can do here without even using your car. So it’s a great place to base yourself when visiting the Dordogne region. 

Some of the best places to visit nearby include Font de Gaume caves (1 km), Sarlat (25 km), the beautiful village of Saint Léon sur Vézère (15km),  Le Bournat amusement park, la Roque Saint-Christophe (10km), Château de Commarque (10 km), Château et Jardins de Losse (17km) and many more. 

Recommended hotels in  Les Eyzies

Hôtel Le Cro-Magnon – A three-star hotel with the most lovely owners. The hotel is relatively simple but has a great restaurant (with one of the owners being the chef) and a pool. I really enjoyed my stay there on one of my many visits to Perigord Noir. Book your visit here

Ferme de Tayac – One of the most charming B&Bs in that part of the Dordogne. The place is hidden in the more quiet part of town, just next to the church of Tayac.  Book your stay here

Hôtel Le Cro-Magnon - one of the best places to stay in les Eyzies
Hôtel Le Cro-Magnon – Lost in Bordeaux

Bergerac – the heart of Purple Perigord, the wine capital of Dordogne

For those interested in discovering other parts of the region, Bergerac is a great base. This picturesque town is the capital of Purple Perigord, the western part of the Dordogne department. The town is renowned for its charming medieval architecture and its red wines. 

It is one of the most active and lively towns in the Dordogne. The center is packed with great restaurants and local delicacies shops. A big market takes place in the city center twice a week (Saturday and Wednsday) and a beautiful covered daily market adorns the historic center (currently under construction).

The charming houses of Bergerac
The charming Houses of Bergerac – by Lost in Bordeaux

Read my articles about the best things to do in Bergerac and the best day trips from Bergerac if you consider it as a base for your Dordogne trip. 

Bergerac is perfectly located to discover some of the most beautiful villages in Dordogne. Villages like Monpazier and Limeuil are considered among the most beautiful villages in France. It’s also the best part of Dordogne for wine tasting with many great wineries to visit near Bergerac and the stunning Château de Monbazillac.

It is also perfectly located for you to discover not only the Dordogne but the neighboring departments as well. Within less than an hour’s drive, you’ll get to  Saint Emilion, renowned for its wines. A little farther to the west you’ll get to the capital of the Southwest, the city of Bordeaux. Here’s all the info about the best day trips from Bergerac.

A day trip to Saint Emilion- what to do
Discover the vineyards of Saint Emilion – Lost in Bordeaux

Bergerac is also situated close to the beautiful Lot et Garonne department. There you’ll find hidden gems like Duras, Villeréal, and Monflanquin. One of the biggest advantages of staying in Bergerac is the airport, which is located less than 5km from the city center and makes the arrival there very easy.

Where to stay in Bergerac

If you’re traveling as a couple, I highly recommend Le Logis Plantagenêt, a charming tiny B&B  at Place de la Myrpe, in the hyper center of Bergerac. Book your stay here

R & R BergeracAbout 10 minutes walk from the center of Bergerac you can find this stunning B&B with an outdoor pool. This little gem has only three rooms and is located in a quieter part of town. Book your stay here.

If you’re looking for something a bit more quiet and small but still close to Bergerac I recommend le Manoir Le Coutureau in Rouffignac-de-Sigoulès. Book your stay here

Terrasson-Lavilledieu – a stunning town for avid explorers

Terrasson-Lavilledieu is another beautiful town in the northern part of Perigord Noir. While the town is not as famous as Sarlat or Bergerac it’s not less attractive as a base for exploring the region. With a relatively short drive, you can visit places like the beautiful village of Coly Saint Amand and the famous Lascaux caves or the town of Sarlat.

The old town of Terrasson is buzzing with cafes and many art galleries. It’s built on a hill and boasts incredible architecture that you’ll enjoy exploring during your stay there. The city is also home to one of the most beautiful gardens in Dordogne, Jardins de l’Imaginaire.

Terrasson-Lavilledieu - one of the most beautiful towns in the Dordogne
Terrasson-Lavilledieu – Lost in Bordeaux

I recommend staying in Terrasson-Lavilledieu if you’re after a less touristy destination than all the destinations I previously mentioned on this list. It’s also a great base to discover other parts of Dordogne Valley due to its proximity to the Corezze department. Within less than an hour you can visit the town Brive with its buzzing market or the beautiful villages of  Collonges-la-Rouge and Turenne. You’re also not far from the Lot department where you can spend a lovely day in Martel. 

Terrasson-Lavilledieu - A less know town in Perigord Noir Dordogne
Terrasson-Lavilledieu stunning and less touristy – Lost in Bordeaux

Where to stay in Terrasson-Lavilledieu

One of the best place to stay in Terrasson is la Maison d’Hôtes La Maison de Léopold. It’s a stunning B&B, situated in a 19th-century building with gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside. You can book it here.  Another option is Domaine mon doux rêve, an excellent B&B that also offers a Spa. You can book a room here

For a more unique experience head to Kozi Dome. This site is nestled on the hillsides of the Périgord countryside, in a hilly setting and is made up of numerous walnut groves, meadows, and forests. You can book your hut here.

Brantôme en Périgord – the Venice of the Dordogne

For those who have already been to Perigord Noir and want to discover another magical part of the Dordogne, I recommend Brantôme en Périgord. The charming town nicknamed the Venice of Perigord is located in Green Perigord, the northern and less discovered part of the Dordogne department. 

Brantôme is home to the Benedictine abbey, which together with its 11th-century Romanesque bell tower is considered one of the most important sites in Perigord’s heritage. The town is situated in the Dronne Valley where you can enjoy various activities from kayaking to beautiful villages and stunning castles. 

Brantome en Perigord - the highlight of green Perigord
Brantôme – a stunning place in Perigord Vert – Lost in Bordeaux

Brantome is a great place to stay in the summer season, with plenty of fun summer activities in Perigord Noir. However, if you’re coming out of the tourist season I recommend staying near Sarlat or Perigeux. 

Some of the best places to visit nearby include the beautiful village of Saint-Jean-de-Côle (21km), the Villars caves (17km), Château de Bourdeilles where you can visit a medieval defense castle as well as a renaissance palace in one place (9km), the market town of Thiviers (26km) and many more. 

Château de Bourdeilles just a few minutes drive from Brantome
Bourdeilles – Lost in Bordeaux

Where to stay in Brantôme

L’escapade is one of the best places to stay in Brantome. A charming beautifully furnished B&B, located in a quiet scenic part of town, hosted by the lovely Isabelle. Book your stay here

Moulin de l’Abbaye – One of the most famous hotels in that part of Dordogne is located in the center of Brantôme. The is also home to a 1-star Michelin restaurant. Book your stay here

Hostellerie Les Griffons – This beautiful 17th-century house is located just a few minutes’ drive from Brantome, in the charming villages of Bourdeilles. It’s a 3-star hotel with shared living rooms and a stunning flowery garden with a swimming pool. Book your stay

Le Petit Coin is located about 20 minutes north of Brantome so a bit far from most of Dordogne’s main landmarks but it’s greatly located for those who want to taste some of the other parts of this region such as Charente and Haute Vienne. The site is reserved exclusively for two adults which makes it a perfect location for a romantic vacation. Book your stay here.

Perigeux – White Perigord

Perigeux is the official capital of the Dordogne so it’s relatively a big city for this region. It’s also the capital of Perigord Blanc (White Perigord), the central region of the Dordogne departments. 

I find this city particularly pretty and unique in the region and it’s one of my favorite places to go back to. Every Saturday the town hosts one of the best markets in the region.

The amazing market of Perigeux
The market of Perigeux – Lost in Bordeaux

The city is a bit far from the main landmarks that first-comers to Dordogne tend to visit like Sarlat and many of the prehistoric sites. It takes about an hour to get to Sarlat, Lascaux, and Les Eyzies. But it’s an amazing base for discovering the less-known parts of the Dordogne department, especially if it’s not your first time in the region.

Perigeux one of the most beautiful cities in Dordogne
The beautiful Perigeux – Lost in Bordeaux

Recommended hotels in Périgueux

For a good hotel in the center of Périgueux check out the Mercure Périgueux Centre Historique, with its spacious rooms and chick lounge bar. You can book a room here

Apparts Limogeanne – If you’re just heading there for a short weekend, this cute little apartment in the city center is a great place to stay. 

If you’re on a family trip, this villa in the Vesone neighborhood in Périgueux is a good option. It has free parking and is located in a quieter part of town within walking distance from the center. Book the house here

Lot et Garonne -a scenic quiet region close to the Dordogne 

Lot et Garonne is a less-known department in the southwest of France, bordering the Dordogne from the south. It’s a stunning region with a rich heritage, amazing gastronomy, and some of the most stunning villages. 

It’s less expensive than the Dordogne and it allows you to enjoy amazing accommodation while staying in a magical place close to the south of the Dordogne department. In this article, I’m referring only to the north of the Lot et Garonne as the goal is to discover places in the Dordogne too. 

There are a few interesting villages to stay in the Lot et Garonne that will also permit you to visit the Purple Perigord. Among these, you can find Villereal, Monflanquin, Duras, Lauzun, and more. 

Villereal - one of the best places in Lot et Garonne to discover Dordogne
Villereal in Lot et Garonne – Lost in Bordeaux

Recommended accommodation in the region:

La Maison Bleue in Villerealle is a real gem – a B&B offering a pool and an in-house restaurant. Book your stay here

Labarthe – this magical B&B is located a few minute’s drive from Duras, one of the most interesting towns in the region. The hosts are amazing, I highly recommend it. Book your stay here

If you like campsites there’s a cute one in Gaugeac, near Monpazier, called Camping le Moulin de Davidtake a look.

If you need advice about how to get to Dordogne by car, plane, or train – check out my guide on getting to Dordogne.

I have plenty of other articles about the Dordogne you may find useful when planning your trip, so be sure to check them out!

What to do in Bergerac
What to do, see and eat in Sarlat
The most beautiful villages to visit in Dordogne 
The best castles (chateaux) to visit in Dordogne
The most beautiful gardens in Dordogne
The best things to do with kids in Dordogne
The most beautiful villages in Purple Perigord
The best places to do Kayaking on the Dordogne River
A day trip to Eymet, a beautiful village in Dordogne.

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Sarlat-la-Canéda is a beautiful medieval town in the Périgord Noir region of France. A perfect base for many day trips and weekend getaways, Sarlat is located in the heart of some of France’s most beautiful sights. In this article, I’ll help you plan the best day trips from Sarlat!

Situated around 200 km from Bordeaux in the famous Dordogne valley North of the Dordogne River, Sarlat-la-Canéda has something for everyone all year long. The town is famous for its culinary delights, ancient architecture, and narrow, cobbled streets. I wrote a complete guide to all the best things to do in Sarlat, but here I’d like to talk only about the amazing day trips you can do in Perigord Noir and beyond.  

A short drive will get you to prehistoric caves, majestic medieval castles, and breathtaking gardens. There is so much to do both for adults and kids, you’ll want to extend your stay in Sarlat!

Beynac - one of the best trips from Sarlat
Beynac – a perfect day trip from Sarlat – Lost in Bordeaux

Most landmarks I mention in this article are easier to get to by car, but a handful can be reached by train. If you’re planning to do several things from this list, see if it’s worth purchasing the Perigord pass. The pass gives you a 20% discount on entrance to different castles, gardens, and caves.

You can also take a semi-private tour which will allow you to visit five different villages around Sarlat. The tour provides detailed explanations so you can get the historical context of the villages and the many castles in Dordogne.  If you’re short in time I highly recommend taking advantage of it. You can book the tour here.

Best day trips from Sarlat 

Beynac-et-Cazenac – one of the most beautiful villages in France

Distance from Sarlat: 12km

Around 20 minutes from Sarlat you’ll find possibly the most famous of all the villages in this area, Beynac-et-Cazenac. This breathtaking village is full of history and is known to be one of France’s most beautiful villages

Home to the famous Château de Beynac, one of the most stunning castles to visit in Dordogne. The castle is so well-preserved and boasts such magnificent views, movie directors often choose it as the backdrop for their films. 

Beynac and its chateau - a  must visit from Sarlat
Beynac-et-Cazenac – Lost in Bordeaux

After you finish wandering the charming cobblestone streets of Beynac head to the top of the village and look for the cross. There you’ll find the best viewpoint for a photo souvenir, with views stretching over at least five different nearby castles!

La Roque Gageac 

Distance from Sarlat: 14km

Situated beneath a sharp cliff on the banks of the Dordogne, La Roque Gageac is one of the prettiest villages you’ll ever see and boasts a panoramic view of the whole valley. This fairytale-like village is built into the limestone cliffs cascading down into the river and goes back as far as the 12th century. Once a bustling river port town for regional trade, this medieval village’s architecture and natural beauty will blow you away.

La Roque Gageac - one of the best day trips from Sarlat
La Roque Gageac – a view from the river – Lost in Bordeaux

One of the best ways to visit La Roque Gageac is a canoe! There are amazing kayaking/ canoeing tours you can do on the Dordogne, where you get to stop at the villages on the way. Here’s one of the best places to rent a Kayak/ Canoe in this part of the Dordogne

If you’ve got a car and a bit of time, you might like to pack a couple more beautiful villages into your day trip from Sarlat. Stop off at the stunning Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, visit Les Jardins de Marqueyssac (more on that below), or head to the beautiful village of Domme.

Kayaking/ Canoeing  on the Dordogne/ Vézère rivers

If you’re looking for a thrilling outdoor activity near Sarlat, kayaking on the Dordogne River is your next destination! With its gentle currents and breathtaking surroundings, the river offers a perfect setting for a family-friendly water escapade. 

Kayaking on the Dordogne river - one of the best day trips in Dordogne
Kayaking / Canoeing near Sarlat – Lost in Bordeaux

Along the banks of the Dordogne River, you’ll find kayaking clubs dotted throughout the villages, offering an array of routes suitable for all ages. From the water, you’ll enjoy magnificent views of the most enchanting villages near Sarlat, such as Castelnaud-la-Chapelle or Beynac.

One of the best clubs is located in Vitrac a few minutes drive from Sarlat. From there you can embark on a breathtaking journey past some of the most beautiful villages in France. If you’re visiting the region in the summer, booking in advance is recommended

There are many more places for kayaking and canoeing experiences in Dordogne – I summarized my favorite places in this article.

Les Jardins de Marqueyssac

Distance from Sarlat: 11km

Jardins de Marqueyssac is one of the most beautiful gardens in Dordogne and one of the most popular attractions in the region. 

The gardens were created in the 19th century by Julien de Cerval, a visionary aristocrat who was so passionate about box tree gardens he planted 150,000 boxwoods in Marqueyssac. These shrubs are still pruned by hand today and are surrounded by waterfalls and panoramic views of the Dordogne. 

Les Jardins de Marqueyssac is especially kid-friendly, and the perfect place for a family outdoor day when traveling in the Dordogne. You can buy drinks and snacks from the crêperie or the sandwich stall on the grounds, or grab a table at the more elegant sit-down restaurant with its wonderful view. 

Les Jardins de Marqueyssac on of the most beautiful gardens in Dordogne
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac – Lost in Bordeaux

If you’re there in July and August, go in the evening for a magical, romantic experience – gardens by candlelight! They light up the narrow walkways between the boxwoods with 2,000 candles for a stunning stroll as it gets dark.
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac are open every day of the year, but be sure to check the website before you go because the opening times differ based on the season. I’d recommend buying your tickets online to avoid lines.

Lascaux – discover prehistoric art in one of the most famous caves in the world 

Distance from Sarlat: 26km

The Lascaux cave is an archaeological treasure unveiling captivating paintings and engravings dating back over 17,000 years.

You should know that the original caves were closed to the public in 1963. This decision was made to protect the delicate and ancient cave paintings from harmful effects such as changes in temperature and humidity. However, the extraordinary replicas are very accurate and worth the visit.

The oldest and most visited part is Lascaux II, which offers a partial replica of the cave. Lascaux II provides a glimpse into the past as you explore sections that closely resemble the original artwork.

Only a limited number of people can enter Lascaux so I highly recommend booking your tickets in advance. There’s usually only one tour in English a day so make sure you choose the right language when booking. Lascaux II is open from April to November. 

You should also visit the International Center for Cave Art. This modern exhibition space offers an immersive experience where you can admire meticulously recreated replicas of the original cave paintings. 

You can buy tickets to Lascaux VI separately, but you get a discount if you buy a combined ticket with Lascaux II – see all the info here. Lascaux IV is open the whole year except the first three weeks of January – see hours here.

You also have the option to take a semi-private tour in English that will take you from Sarlat to the caves of Lascaux and the famous archeological site of Abri Cro-Magnon at Les Eyzies de Tayac. You can book this tour here

Les Eyzies – a day in Prehistoric Dordogne 

Distance from Sarlat: 21km

If you’re interested in the prehistoric part of Dordogne, this is the epicenter. Here you can find the Abri Cro-Magnon at Les Eyzies de Tayac, where 28,000-year-old remains of anatomically modern humans were found. 

If you want to visit another interesting museum while in Les Eyzies, you can continue to the fabulous Musée de Prehistoire where a lot of items from the archeological digs were found.

One of the most popular attractions in Les Eyzies is Grotte de Font de Gaume. Unlike the Lascaux caves, which are a replica, here you can see a beautiful collection of original paintings. It’s very popular and reservation in advance is a must if you want a chance to visit this cave. 

The entrance  to Grotte de Font de Gaume in Les Eyzies
The entrance to la Grotte de Font de Gaume – Lost in Bordeaux

Some other interesting caves nearby include L’abri Pataud, Le Thot, Le Conquil, Grotte de Combarelles, L’Abri du Cap Blanc, La Grotte de Bernifal, Grotte du Grand Roc, Grotte de Bara Bahau, Le gouffre de Proumeyssac, and many more. When I said this is the epicenter of prehistoric Dordogne, I wasn’t joking!

Rocamadour

Distance from Sarlat: 50km

Let’s now escape the Dordogne department to the neighboring Lot region which is full of wonder. One of the most popular places to visit in Lot is Rocamadour, an important pilgrimage destination. Located about an hour from Sarlat, Rocamadour is one of the most beautiful villages in France. 
There’s a guided tour going from Sarlat to Rocamadour, which is recommended especially if you want to avoid renting a car.

Rocamadour - one of the most popular day trips from Sarlat
Rocamadour in Lot – Lost in Bordeaux

The village’s history is important for context during your visit. It started in 1166 when the preserved body of Saint Amadour was discovered here. Legend has it Saint Amadour is Zaccheus, the character in the Bible who climbed the tree to see Jesus and whose wife Saint Veronica wiped the face of Jesus with a handkerchief whilst he carried the cross.

Zaccheus had come to Rocamadour as a hermit and built a sanctuary in the rock. Within a few years of the body being found, numerous miraculous healings were attributed to the saintly remains. Pilgrims started arriving – and never stopped!

Today, the village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is very busy! There’s one main street in the village and it’s extremely touristy with plenty of restaurants and shops of local gastronomy and souvenirs. But in my opinion, it’s so moving and mesmerizing that you can still enjoy it even when it’s very crowded.

Rocamadour can be a full-day trip from Sarlat as there are many things to do nearby. The most famous attraction near Rocamadour is the stunning Gouffre de Padirac, a chasm in the rock taking you deep into the Earth. If you’re traveling with kids, you can also visit the nearby monkey forest in Sarlat, a really fun outing for the whole family!

La Forêt des Singes - a cute monkey forest in Rocamadour
The monkey forest in Rocamadour

There’s quite a lot to do in Rocamadour so if you can turn it into a weekend I highly recommend it. If you want to spend the night there, check out Hôtel Les Esclargies, a comfortable hotel with great breakfast and a pool. Book your stay here.

Le Bournat – a perfect day trip with kids 

Distance from Sarlat: 29 km

Le Bournat is a truly one-of-a-kind amusement park that whisks you away to the golden age of the area. Prepare to be immersed in the rich history and traditions of the region as you step into “Le Village Artisanal”, the craftsmen village. From bread-making to pottery, the park offers a range of engaging and educational workshops where your little ones can unleash their creativity and learn ancient artisanal skills.

Le Bournat - one of the best attractions for kids in the Dordogne region
Discover how walnuts oil is produced- Le Bournat Park

After discovering the wonders of traditional craftsmanship the kids can enjoy a great selection of attractions like a vintage carousel, an old funfair with wooden games, riding in a 19th-century horse carriage, and more. The park is open from early April to the end of September – see the opening schedule here

You can read more about it in my article about the best things to do with kids in Dordogne

Bournat Park also has a fun camping site where you can stay in a mobile home, a tent, or a motorhome. People who stay at Le Bournat camping can get unlimited access to the park at a very low price. You can book your stay here

Le Bournat Park is located in Bugue, a lovely town on the Vezere River where you can stop for one of the best markets in Dordogne and walk along the beautiful river banks.

Wine tasting near Bergerac 

Distance from Sarlat: 77km

Bergerac is one of the main cities in the Dordogne area, close to the eastern border of the Gironde department. While it doesn’t have the magic of a small medieval village, it has enough charm and plenty of stuff to do, for you to put in on your list. The city center is abundant with restaurants, lively shopping streets great markets, and more. 

This part of Drordogne is called the Purple Perigord and is especially known for its wine. Bergerac is mostly specialized in reds and sweet white wines, a winemaking tradition that goes 2000 years back.

Visiting vyneyards in Monbazillac
The vineyards of Monbazillac near Bergerac – Lost in Bordeaux

One of the most famous wineries is the beautiful Château de Monbazillac, which is located only 15 minutes away. It’s known for its sweet white wine and the stunning chateau which is worth a visit. Another great winery to visit is Château Feely, and don’t forget to taste their reds while you’re there!

Château des Milandes 

Distance from Sarlat: 18km

This charming, dainty, Gothic château is the perfect day trip from Sarlat. It was built in 1489 by the Caumont family. In the 1940s, American-born dancer, entertainer, WWll resistance agent, and civil rights activist, Josephine Baker, bought the castle. She lived there with her husband and grew her family, adopting 12 children and working for the French resistance movement during the Second World War. 

Today, you can see incredible displays detailing Joséphine’s life at Milandes, including stage costumes and stories about her life. That’s what makes it one of the most interesting castles to visit in Dordogne

Chateau de Milandes in Dordogne
Chateau de Milandes – Lost in Bordeaux

There is also a magnificent garden, a very pretty chapel, a parakeet aviary, and fantastic birds of prey shows. Children can do falconry workshops and feed exotic birds, play with swords in a musketeer workshop, and feed goats 

There is a restaurant onsite and various shady areas with picnic tables if you want to bring your own lunch. Château de Milandes is open daily from February to December (and the first week of January), see the opening hours here

Visiting farms in the region 

Dordogne is a heavily agricultural region, famous for its wine, walnuts, cheeses, duck dishes and foie gras, caviar, and truffles. If you visit any market in one of Dordogne’s beautiful villages, you’ll find many of the local delicacies for sale.

In recent years, the department has put an emphasis on developing agrotourism and there are many fermes or working farms that open their door for visits, activities for kids, restaurants, and more. 

Visiting a farm or two can be an amazing day trip. One of my favorite visits is the caviar farm in Neuvic. Another good day trip is La Bon’o’Venture, a farm producing goat’s cheese.

You can find many more farms that offer visits, restaurants, or accommodation here

Go to the beach

While Sarlat is far from both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, there’s no lack of opportunities to swim here! There are plenty of little beaches on the Dordogne river where you can go for a swim and they’re situated only a short drive from Sarlat. 

If you visit Sarlat in summer, you’ll likely need a day trip to swim in the river and cool off as it can get very hot.

Go to a river beach in Dordogne
A beach on the Dordogne river – Lost in Bordeaux

Here are some of the best beaches on the Dordogne River that you can visit from Sarlat: Limeuil, La Plage du Port in Creysse, Vitrac, Magali Plage, Meyraguet, Lanzac, Plage du Pont de Vicq.

Go on a day trip to the beautiful Corrèze department

Distance from Sarlat: 53 km

One of the least-known departments in the Southwest of France, Corrèze is a stunning gem off the beaten track. It’s totally worth a visit, even for just a day trip if that’s all the time you have. As you’re traveling from Sarlat, I recommend you head to the southern part of the Corrèze department.

Start your day in Brive, a small town in Corrèze. Brive has one of the best markets in the region and is also a cute little town by itself. After lunch, you can go straight to one of the most stunning villages in the religion, Collonges-la-Rouge. Filled with red turreted buildings, charming lanes, and ancient architecture, it is one of the most beautiful villages in France according to the official listing.

Collonges la Rouge - amazing day trip from Sarlat
Collonges la Rouge – Lost in Bordeaux

Other villages worth a visit are Saint-Robert and Turenne.

Go to an antique or flea market in one of the villages surrounding Sarlat

Visiting a good brocante (antique market) or a vide grenier (garage sale) is one of my favorite pastimes when visiting towns in France. Sarlat is home to many pop-up events and you need to do a little research ahead of time so you don’t miss it. 

visiting brocantes and flea markets are one of the best things to do in Dordogne
A brocante in Dordogne – Lost in Bordeaux

Here is one of the best websites to find information about the upcoming flea and antique markets around Sarlat. You can also check out this website for more information.

Bordeaux – Discover the capital of the Southwest of France 

Distance from Sarlat: 200km or 2.5 hours by car, 3 hours by train

I may be biased because I live in Bordeaux but I think it’s one of the most exciting, beautiful cities in France. There’s so much to see, do, eat, drink, and taste! And it’s a great city to visit with or without kids – there’s something for everyone. 

As someone who lives and writes about Bordeaux, I think you need at least a weekend to discover Bordeaux and its surrounding sights. But if all you have is one day, then a day trip to the capital of the southwest is definitely worth the drive! 

The beautiful town of Bordeaux
The center of Bordeaux – Lost in Bordeaux

In a day you can check out the Capucins market, taste some cannelés (traditional cinnamon pasties), cool off at the Miroir d’Eau, check out one of the state-of-the-art museums, and eat great food at one of the countless restaurants the city has to offer.

With only a day or two in Bordeaux, I’ve summed up the things you can’t miss in this article. And if you have more time, here are my top 50 things to do in Bordeaux

If you’re doing a road trip, you can also stop for half a day in Saint Émilion, famous for its wines, which is located on the way from Sarlat to Bordeaux.

Where to stay in Sarlat

Sarlat is one of the most popular destinations in Dordogne, offering a big selection of apartments, hotels, and B&B in the center as well as the city’s outskirts. If you’re here for just a few days, finding accommodation in the center of Sarlat is highly recommended. Two options I particularly like are Les Cordeliers and Noreli B&B.

I have plenty of other articles about Sarlat and the region you may find useful when planning your trip, so be sure to check them out!

What to do, see and eat in Sarlat
The most beautiful villages to visit in Dordogne 
The best castles (chateaux) to visit in Dordogne
The most beautiful gardens in Dordogne
The best things to do with kids in Dordogne
The most beautiful villages in Purple Perigord
The best places to do Kayaking on the Dordogne River
A day trip to Eymet, a beautiful village in Dordogne.

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Sarlat-la-Canéda is one of France’s most stunning medieval towns with incredible sights, food, and history. It’s one of the liveliest destinations in the Dordogne region with plenty of attractions and important landmarks. That’s why I decided to write a detailed list of all the best things to do, eat and see in Sarlat, including day trips and hotel recommendations. 

*If you’re traveling to Dorogne with kids, you should first read my article about the best things to do with kids in Dordogne

Best things to do in Sarlat Dordogne, Frace
The lively Sarlat, by Lost in Bordeaux

Sarlat is located in the Southwest of France, between the region’s big two cities Bordeaux and Toulouse (about 200K from each of them). It’s the fourth largest town in the Dordogne region and the central town of Black Perigord, the eastern part of the Dordogne. The town is famous for its culinary delights, ancient architecture, and quaint, cobbled streets, attracting more than 1.5 million visitors each year.

A bit of history first – important facts about Sarlat

Sarlat is thought to have originated around the 9th century although the first mention of the town dates to the 11th century. During the 14th and 15th centuries, Sarlat enjoyed great economic prosperity mostly thanks to its strategic location. It became an important trading center, specializing in goods such as saffron, walnuts, and truffles. 

This contributed to Sarlat’s immense architectural development, with stunning houses from the 14th century which we can still witness today. Unfortunately, it faced periods of turmoil following the Hundred Years’ War and the Wars of Religion. Luckily, the Marlaux law that was passed in 1992, created strong preservation in Sarlat and prevented many of its historic buildings to be demolished. 

In recent decades it has become an important tourist hub in the Southwest of France. Its preserved historic center and mostly car-free streets make it one of the more pleasant places to visit in Dordogne. Now let’s discover what are the best things to do in Sarlat! 

Stroll the streets of Sarlat
Stroll the streets of Sarlat – by Lost in Bordeaux

The Best Things to Do in Sarlat

Taste local delicacies at the Sarlat Market

If you’re a foodie, Sarlat is your place! Head to the Sarlat market, the biggest, best food market in Dordogne, and quite frankly all of Southwest France! The market takes place all over the city center on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. 

Best local products at the Sarlat market in Dordogne
local products at the Sarlat market – Lost in Bordeaux

From the early morning hours, the market is brimming with locals and tourists from all parts of Dordogne. They come to enjoy the cheerful atmosphere and colorful stalls adorning the beautiful streets of this medieval town. If there’s one market you can’t miss in Dordogne, it’s definitely the Sarlat market.

Here you can find the best selection of Dordogne gastronomic specialties like foie gras, duck confit, nuts, and more. But that’s not all! The Sarlat market is rich with products from all over the region such as wine from Bordeaux, oysters from Arcachon, and sheep milk cheese from the Basque country.

A great way to enjoy the market is on a guided walking market tour in English with plenty of snapshots and food sampling opportunities.

Sarlat market - one of the best things to do in Sarlat
Cheese stalls at the Sarlat Market – Lost in Bordeaux

Marvel at Sarlat’s history

The architecture in this remarkable medieval town transports you back in time. When you arrive, grab a map from the tourist office in Rue Tourny – it’ll come in handy when you’re winding through the narrow streets of the old city.

Almost every street here is a hidden gem, with yellow limestone houses and fancy Renaissance mansions. You really have to just let yourself get lost in Sarlat to experience it properly. But if you need a few anchors, I gathered a list of some of the main architectural gems in the city center.

Stroll the stunning streets of Sarlat
The streets of Sarlat – by Lost in Bordeaux

Here are Sarlat’s unmissable historical spots:

Maison de La Boétie 

The house where famous writer Etienne de La Boétie was born. The house built in Italian Renaissance–style dates back to the early 1500s. It’s located in front of the Cathedral of Saint-Sacerdos. 

Maison de La Boétie  - one of the landmarks of Sarlat
Maison de La Boétie  – Lost in Bordeaux

Rue des Consuls
In the picturesque street bursting with history, you’ll find Hôtel Plamon, an old noble family’s manor house, now a historical museum. Next door is the Fontaine Sainte-Marie, carved out of a natural cave in the 12th century.

Place du Marché des Trois Oies
This charming square boasts a famous statue of three geese by François-Xavier Lalanne. The statue represents the region’s rich gastronomical heritage.

Le Badaud de Sarlat
This bronze statue by Gérard Auliac represents a casual, happy onlooker people-watching at Place de la Liberté.

Le Badaud de Sarlat - one the most interesting monuments in Sarlat
Le Badaud de Sarlat – by Lost in Bordeaux

Manoir Gisson
The perfect place to see Gothic and Renaissance architecture, this mansion was built in the 15th century by the noble Magnanat family.

The Western District
Explore West of Rue de la République (also called La Traverse) and you’ll be rewarded with ornate doors and quieter cobbled lanes. Visit the Tour du Bourreau, built in 1580, which is now an art gallery with a beautiful, panoramic view of Sarlat from its rooftop. Finally, stop by the Chapel of the Pénitents Blancs and check out the ornate doorway.

But the town isn’t only a thrill for history lovers – there’s something for everyone.

Shop inside a church-turned-market

L’église Sainte-Marie, built in the 1300s and 1400s, was damaged during the French Revolution and what remains today has been converted into a permanent, indoor food market. Here you can buy local delicacies and even find an array of cultural activities. 

This incredible former church has another surprise for visitors – a bird’s eye view of the town! Hop on the panoramic lift and take in the sights.

L’église Sainte-Marie in Sarlat – Lost in Bordeaux

Do “apéro” like a local

Apéro, or pre-dinner drinks, is a cultural fixture across France. In the early evening, you’ll see everyone sipping cocktails and sparkling wine on the sidewalk cafés. Head to one of the cafés on Place de la Liberté, the buzzing square in the heart of the Old Town, for a drink and some people-watching.

Have a drink at  Place de la Liberté in the canter of Sarlat
Place de la Liberté in Sarlat – by Lost in Bordeaux

Discover an ancient cathedral

No trip to Sarlat is complete without a visit to the Saint Sacerdos Cathedral on Place du Peyrou. The oldest part of the building’s foundations dates back to the 12th century, and the town was built around this site. Take in the Gothic architecture, the ancient bell tower, and the organ. The cathedral is free to visit outside of service hours.

Jardin des Enfeus in Sarlat
Jardin des Enfeus – by Lost in Bordeaux

As you leave the cathedral, you’ll come across the Jardin des Enfeus. The abbey’s cemetery houses tombstones as old as the town itself and gets its name from the arches in the walls.

Revel in truffle and foie gras

If you happen to visit Sarlat in winter, count yourself lucky. The famous truffle and foie gras (rich goose or duck liver spread) market takes place between December and February, and it’s a decadent affair. Local farmers bring award-winning truffles to be valued at the festival. You can watch a truffle dog at work, sample the region’s best foie gras, and taste Bergerac Duras wines.

You can see the full list of Dordogne truffle markets taking place from December to the end of January here.

Take a day trip to one of France’s most beautiful villages

Sarlat is a perfect place to base yourself if you wish to discover the stunning villages in the region. There are at least four villages just a few kilometers from Sarlat that appear on the list of the most beautiful villages in France. A visit to at least one of them is an absolute must! 

All these villages are easily reachable by car, but a guided tour turns it into a deeper and much more meaningful experience. The tour includes a visit to two “plus beaux villages”, Beynac and Domme as well as a boat ride on the Dordogne River. You can read more about all these places in my article the most beautiful villages in Dordogne.

If you have to choose only one, I’d go for Beynac-et-Cazenac (11km from Sarlat). Beynac is a picturesque village that borders the Dordogne River and is home to one of the most impressive medieval castles in the region.

Beynac-et-Cazenac - on of the best day trips from Sarlat
Beynac-et-Cazenac – by Lost in Bordeaux

Other stunning villages include:

La Roque Gageac – 9km from Sarlat

Situated beneath a sharp cliff on the banks of the Dordogne, this village boasts a panoramic view of the whole valley.

Domme – 11km from Sarlat

Undisturbed by industrialization with magnificent views out over the river, this village boasts unparalleled sights for nature lovers and history fans.

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle – 13km from Sarlat

Across the river from neighboring Beynac-et-Cazenac and La Roque-Gageac, the views from this town are not to be missed. The village is home to the Chateau de Castelnaud where you can find an impressive museum of medieval wars. 

The Castel of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
The castle of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle near Sarlat – Lost in Bordeaux

If you have more time and want to explore beautiful villages in other parts of the Dordogne region, you should check out the most beautiful villages around Bergerac

Amble in exquisite gardens – Les Jardins de Marqueyssac

The Dordogne region is known for its many exquisite gardens, but the Marqueyssac gardens are in a league of their own. Les Jardins de Marqueyssac are located in Vesac, about 10km from Sarlat, and very easy to reach. It’s one of the best day trips to do from Sarlat.

The gardens are built on a rocky spur with 150,000 boxwood shrubs pruned by hand and surrounded by waterfalls and panoramic views. The first sight of this magical green labyrinth will blow your mind. You can then take a long walk between the boxwoods until you reach the stunning viewpoint over the river and the villages nearby. Take a moment to take in the view and snap a photo.

Jardins de Marqueyssac - one of the most beautiful gardens in France
Jardins de Marqueyssac – one of the most beautiful gardens in France

If you’re traveling with kids, this place is a must! There are two playgrounds, picnic tables, and even a few hammocks for a nap. If you’re hungry there’s a tea room with a nice menu and a stunning view just next to the chateau.
Throughout the year, the Marqueyssac Gardens host plenty of fun events like artistic workshops for kids and candlelight evenings. You can visit every day of the year, but consider buying tickets online ahead of time to avoid lines.

Where to eat in Sarlat

Food is a vital part of France’s culture, and Sarlat has no shortage of fantastic places to eat. If you’re visiting Sarlat in a busy season, remember to book a table because tables fill up quickly! Here are some of our favorite restaurants in Sarlat.

Le Presidial- a fancy restaurant in Sarlat
Le Presidial – The beautiful terrace of the restaurant

Aux 3 sens
With romantic outdoor seating in a narrow lane, this restaurant is rated highly for its duck and foie gras dishes, as well as meat and wine selection.

Le Presidial
Tucked away in a quiet, romantic courtyard, you can enjoy chic dishes made from local ingredients.

L’entrepote
The perfect outdoor dining spot for a summer evening, L’entrepote is known for its regional duck dishes and its buzzing atmosphere.

Eat a delicious dinner in Sarlat
L’entrepote restaurant in Sarlat Dordogne – Lost in Bordeaux

La Couleuvrine
The reasonably-priced menu and vegetarian options mean there’s something for everyone.

Where to stay in Sarlat

Sarlat is one of the most popular destinations in Dordogne, offering a big selection of apartments, hotels, and B&B in the center as well as the city’s outskirts. If you’re here for just a few days, finding accommodation in the center of Sarlat is highly recommended. Here are two options I particularly love!

Les Cordeliers

This charismatic hotel is great for visiting Sarlat with its central location, spacious rooms, and generous breakfast offerings. Book your stay here.

Noreli B&B

Guests rave about this B&B’s location in the heart of town, its friendly staff, and charming, comfortable lodgings. Book a stay.

How to get to Sarlat

Sarlat is easily reachable by car, airplane, and train from Paris, Bordeaux, and Toulouse.

By car:
From Bordeaux, you can either take the A89, which has tollgates and takes around 2.5 hours, or the D936, which doesn’t have tollgates but is a bit longer. If you want to rent a car, here’s where I usually find the best deals.

By airplane:
The nearest airports to Sarlat-la-Canéda are the Bordeaux-Mérignac international airport (136 miles from Sarlat) and the Bergerac Dordogne-Périgord international airport (45 miles from Sarlat).

By train:5 trains a day go between Bordeaux and Sarlat, making it very easy to travel to and fro. The train trip takes about 2.5 hours. Tickets are available on the SNCF website.

Best things to do Sarlat , Dordogne
A perfect trip to Sarlat – by Lost in Bordeaux

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After a warm and sunny weekend, it looks like this one is going to be a bit rainy and colder. Luckily, this weekend is very lively with plenty of things to do for kids and adults. This week we have a gastronomic festival, an artistic event at Les Vivres de l’Art, a dinosaur exhibition, music concerts and more. I also added details about the big truffles festival taking place this weekend in Sarlat, in case you’re in a mood to travel to the region. If you do, check out my new Facebook group, Travel in the Southwest of France, for more tips on what to do in the region. This week I released my February list, so you can see all the fun events taking place here next month. If you’re visiting Bordeaux in the last two weeks of January, you should also read my January list

Le monde des Dinosaures

If your kids love dinosaurs they will be happy to hear that this weekend the exhibition “The world of Dinosaurs” is coming to Bordeaux. The exhibition will present 25 species of dinosaurs, among them a huge T-REX measuring 13.5 m long and 4.5 m tall. The exhibition will take place on January 18-19 at the Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux. For more info click here

When: January 18 -19 / Where:  Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux, Cours Charles Bricaud, 33000 Bordeaux

Festival Bouche à Bouche – Bordeaux

Following its success in Paris, the Bouche à Bouche festival is arriving this year to Bordeaux for the first time. During the two nights of the event you will discover the signature dishes of five Bordeaux chefs like Jérôme Billot from Madame Pang and Julien Camdeborde of L’avant Comptoir du Palais. The event will take place on January 17-18 and includes a lot of music, shows and street art. For more info click here.

When: January 17-18 / Where:  7 Rue du Palais-Gallien, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Tremplin de 2 Rives

This is the 7th edition of the Tremplin de 2 rives festival which aims to promote the musical talents of Bordeaux. The festival includes eight evenings from January 10 to February 8 in different districts of Bordeaux. This weekend is dedicated to the Bastide neighborhood with a night of concerts taking place this Friday (January 17) at the centre d’animation Queyries. For more details click here.

When: January 17 / Where:  13 Allée Jean Giono, 33100 Bordeaux

Le Salon du Livre Ancien de Bordeaux

Le Salon du Livre Ancien de Bordeaux brings together more than 40 French exhibitors for the biggest ancient books event in the Southwest of France. Every year more than 3000 people attend this event to look for rare pieces of literature and discover old books from every genre: fiction, kids’ books, old magazines and more. The event will take place this weekend (January 18-19) at Cours Mably. Read more about the book fair here

When: January 18 -19 / Where:  Cours Mably, 33000 Bordeaux

Salon du Mariage de Bordeaux

Salon du Mariage, the biggest wedding fair of the region will take place this weekend (January 17-19) at the Palais des Congrès. The fair will host more than 150 professionals from the wedding industry in France. Fore more details click here

When: January 17 -19 / Where:  Palais Des Congrès Bordeaux, Bordeaux Lac, Bordeaux, France

Bulles & Elles – Soirées femmes chez Calicéo Bordeaux

Girls this one is for you!! This Friday (January 17) Calicéo Bordeaux one of the biggest Spa complexes in Bordeaux is hosting a women’s night! The entry is free and no prior reservation is required. For more details click here

When: January 17 at 20:30 / Where:  8 rue Jean Pommiès, 33520 Bruges, Aquitaine, France

Mama Bordeaux / DJ SET & LIVE

This weekend Mama Shelter expands its Sunday DJ set & Live line to a Dj set weekend. Every evening from January 16-19 one DJ is invited for a live set and a fun party. For more info click here

When: January 16-19 / Where: 19 Rue Poquelin Molière, 33000 Bordeaux

Fête de la truffe à Sarlat

A big truffles market will take place this weekend (January 18-19) in Sarlat. I know that’s a bit far from Bordeaux but it’s one of the biggest truffles markets in the region so worth checking out. For more info click here.

When: January 18-19 / Where: Sarlat-la-Canéda

Carnal X Maracuja

A fun day of skating, music and fun will take place this Saturday (January 18) in Darwin. For more info about the event click here

When: January 18, starting 14:00 / Where: 87 quai de Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux, France

Coulisse – Le décor de l’envers

Coulisse is an immersive experience presenting the work of young artists that mix different art genres like fashion, music and plastic arts. The event will take place this Saturday (January 18) in Les Vivres de l’Art. For more details and tickets click here. For more things to do in this cool neighborhood go to my article about things to do in Bacalan

When: January 18, starting at 18:00 / Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux

Passages Festival – Hypno5e ciné-concert Acoustique

This Friday (January 17) a fun evening will take on Place du Palais with some of the bars and shops there hosting live music events. For more details click here.

Porte Cailhau on Place de Palais
Porte Cailhau on Place de Palais
When: January 17, starting at 19:30 / Where: Place du Palais , 33300 Bordeaux

IBOAT • Roller Disco Dancing

A Roller Disco party will take place this Saturday (Saturday 18) evening on the docks of the Iboat. The entry is free. For more details click here

When: January 18, starting at 19:00 / Where: Bassin à flot n°1, 33300 Bordeaux

Berlioz and Rimski-Korsakov – concert

This January the Opera of Bordeaux invites everyone to come and enjoy a big variety of concerts from dance, to Jazz and Classical music. This Sunday (January 19) a concert of classical music (Harold en Italie by Berlioz and Schéhérazade by Rimski-Korsakov) will take place at the Auditorium de Bordeaux. For tickets click here

When: January 19, at 15:00/ Where:  8 – 13 Cours Georges Clemenceau, 33000 Bordeaux

Winter Sales

The Soldes d’hiver are the winter sales lasting several weeks during which you can find really good deals on clothes, shoes, appliances, toys and more. This year the winter sales were shortened to 4 weeks from the previous six weeks period. But from my experience even if you come to Bordeaux a week or two after the sales many shops will still have a lot of items on discount. Les soldes d’hiver will take place from January 8 to February 4

Mama’s Brunch

Another fun event this Sunday is Mama’s Brunch. Mama Shelter invites you to its big buffet brunch which is a bit pricey (39 euros per person) but includes almost four hours of activities and artistic workshops for kids, so it’s like brunch with a babysitter :). For more details and the menu click here.

When: January 19 / Where: 19, rue Poquelin Moliere, 33000 Bordeaux

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This weekend I’ve decided to post a shorter version of my regular weekend list. I guess many of you left Bordeaux to visit your families or to travel during winter break. While I myself am currently on vacation, I didn’t want to leave those staying in Bordeaux without any weekend plans. So I gathered all the Christmas markets you can still visit in Bordeaux area (and some a bit further) and a few other interesting events. This is the (short) list of things to do this weekend in and around Bordeaux.

Marché de Noël de Bordeaux

The traditional Christmas market of Bordeaux will stay open until December 30. This is one of the biggest Christmas markets in the region with 150 pavilions selling all the traditional Christmas merchandise such as clothes, decorations, jewelry, toys and local products. Even if you don’t plan to buy any gifts at the market you can still enjoy the Christmas spirit with some hot wine and roasted chestnuts.  For more info click here.

marche de noel bordeaux
When: November 30 – December 30 from 10:30 to 21:30
Where: Allées de Tourny, 33000 Bordeaux

Drôle de Noël

The city of Talence invites you to their big Christmas celebration taking place on December 14-30 in Park Peixotto. This weekend (December 29-30) plenty of activities for kids will take place in a covered pavilion that was created especially for Christmas. For more info click here.

When: December 29-30
Where: Peixoto, 33400 Talence

Christmas celebrations in Mérignac!

The city of Mérignac is hosting a Christmas market and a variety of Christmas related activities on December 21-30. In the program: meeting Santa, a gospel concert, tastings of buches de Noël  (a traditional Christmas dessert), fireworks and a Christmas market of course.  The events will take place at the center of Mérignac. See more details here.

When: December 21-30
Where: Avenue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, 33700 Mérignac

Arcachon Christmas market

The Christmas market of Arcachon officially started two weeks ago and will continue until January 6. Besides the traditional market stuff, this one includes an open ice skating rink on place Thiers. For more info click here.

When: December 15- January 6
Where: center of Arcachon

Marché de Noël à Sarlat

If you’re in the mood to travel a bit this weekend, why not go to one of the most impressive Christmas markets in the South of France, the Sarlat Christmas market. Sarlat is a magical place that is worth a visit any time of the year, but this market makes it even more worthwhile. The village includes 70 chalets selling local products, clothes, decorations, hot wine and more. For more info click here.

When: December 5-31
Where: Place de la Grande Rigaudie , 24200 Sarlat-la-canéda,

A traditional marionette theater

Guignol Guérin is the oldest family-run marionettes theater in France. While their well-known show runs in the summer, the theater’s winter edition is only two years old and plays at the center of Bordeaux. Their traditional spectacle takes place in Théâtre l’Inox between December 15 and January 5. This year, this Bordelaise institution celebrates its 165 anniversary with an exhibition of some of the marionettes that have been a part of this family since 1853. For more details click here.

When: December 15 to January 5
Where: 13 Rue Fernand Philippart, 33000 Bordeaux

GamingFX Exhibition

Throughout the winter vacation (December 22- January 6) Musée Replay together with Cap Sciences will host an exhibition that follows the evolution of digital technologies and the use of special effects in video games. Entry is 4€, for more details click here.

When: December 22 to January 5 (14:00 – 19:00)
Where: Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

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This time my weekend list includes plenty of local creator markets, so if you want to discover local talent and support young creators this is a good opportunity. For those of you who are fed up with markets I have other suggestions such as an animation festival, an opening of a new covered market, a street art festival and more.

This is the list of things to do in and around Bordeaux this weekend (December 7-9):

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS

The opening of les Halles de Talence

The new covered market in Talence is about to open its doors this Friday (December 7) with a three days inauguration party. During the weekend you’ll meet the new merchants, listen to music and vote for the last stand that remains to be occupied. You can see more details and the list of stands to chose from here.

Les halles de Talence opening

When: Opening party on December 7
Where: Place Alcala de Henares, Talence 33400

International Animation Films Festival

Les Nuits Magiques is an annual international festival of animation movies taking place at “Le Festival” cinema in Begles from November 28 to December 9. This is the 28th edition of the festival, which over the years gained a reputation in the animation and special effects world. The rich program includes plenty of events and activities for  both kids and adults: premiers of new movies, workshops, meetings with film creators and more. Check out the full program here and all other details here.

When: November 28 – December 9
Where: 151 Boulevard ALBERT 1er, 33130 Bègles

Palmer Street’Art

This is a super cool art event where you can learn to create art in different styles from the artists themselves. The street art festival will take place this Saturday (December 8) at Rocher de Palmer in Cenon. The program includes eight artists from different genres proposing workshops such as graffiti, dj, video art, design and more. The event is free and open for all, see all the details here. For the full programs click here.

When: December 8, 14:00 to 19:00
Where: 1 rue Aristide Briand, 33150 Cenon

Bordeaux en livres

For its third edition, Bordeaux en Livres invites young and old bookworms, aspiring cartoonists and writers to discover the mysterious world of literature and comics. The program includes conferences with writers, comedy shows, photography exhibition, a drawing contest and more. There will be a big space dedicated to young story lovers with storytelling sessions for the little ones and a history workshop for older kids. The event will take place this Saturday (December 8) at the Grand-Théâtre de Bordeaux. The event is free, see the full program here and all the practical info here.

When: December  8 . 14:30 – 20:00
Where: Place de la Comédie33000 Bordeaux

The International dance en film festival

The international Danse en film festival is a meeting point of two artistic expressions, cinema and dance, which together create a very magical experience. The festival is taking place this week (until December 8) at the Utopia Cinema and some other venues in the center of Bordeaux. See the full program and all the details on the site of the festival.

When: December  3-8
Where: Center of Bordeaux, see the program for a specific event.

Cirque Pardi! is Coming Back

Cirque Pardi! is a modern circus whose shows combine a lot of dance and humor and are very entertaining for both kids and adults. This year they are coming back to Bordeaux for the second time with their show BorderLand, which gained a great success on their last visit here in 2015.  Cirque Pardi! will perform 15 shows from November 30 to December 22. The temporary circus will be located on Quai de queyries, just next to Darwin. For all the dates and tickets click here.

When: November 30- December 22
Where: 86 quai des Queyries, 33 100 BORDEAUX

Last chance to buy antiques at the Brocante des Quinconces

This is the last weekend of the brocante of Bordeaux taking place at place des Quinconces. The big brocante includes more than 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants and craftsmen.  For more info and the list of exhibitors check out the website of the event.

When: November 23- December 9
Where: Place des Quinconces

Buy clothes at the Grande Braderie

Le Relais Gironde will hold a clearance sale this Saturday (December 8) where you can buy clothes, shoes, bags and more. This event is quite big and you can find many interesting and useful items for cheap. For more details click here.

When: December 8 from 10:00 to 17:00
Where:517 boulevard Alfred Daney, Bordeaux

FOR KIDS

Make you Christmas decorations in a FabLab

Want your kids to make their own Christmas decorations? Cap Sciences invites your family to a DIY workshop, where you can make your decoration using the equipment in their Fablab. The workshop is open to kids older than 12 years old and requires pre-registration – book your visit here. The event, taking place this Saturday (December 8) will also include a tour in Cap Sciences. Entry is 5€, for more details click here.

When: December 8, at 14:30
Where: Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Opening of a temporary ice skating rink in Bègles

Centre Commercial Rives d’Arcins in Bègles will open this weekend a temporary ice skating rink for the Christmas season. To celebrate the opening they invite you to skate with the players of Les Boxers de Bordeaux (Bordeaux’s ice hockey team). The event will take place Saturday (December 8) at 15:00. For more details click here.

When: December 8, from  15:00 t0 18:00
Where: CCR Rives d’Arcins, 33130 Bègles

IBOAT – Le mini club de Noël 

This Saturday (December 8) the Iboat will turn into a big party for kids (2 to 12 years old). The program includes skating, a dance floor for kids, candies and more. The entry is free, for more details click here.

When: December 8, at 15:00 to 18:30
Where: Quai Armand Lalande, 33300 Bordeaux

CHRISTMAS AND CREATORS MARKETS

creators markets

Festival Made in Bordeaux

The idea behind Festival Made in Bordeaux is to promote local artists and creators. The event will take place this weekend (December 7-9) in Château des Tours in Le Bouscat. To see all the 43 exhibitors participating at the event click here. Entry is 2€ for 3 days and free for kids under 12 years old. For more details see here. 

When: December 7-9
Where: 246 Avenue de la Libération Charles de Gaulle, 33110 Le Bouscat

Pop-up de Noël des Polichineuses

After two very successful events of “Les Rendez-vous des Polichineuses” in les Halles de Bacalan, that took place this year, they are coming back with a special Christmas pop-up market. The idea is to reduce consumption and to favor second hand and vintage items. The organizers of the event did a great job in choosing stylish accessories, furniture and home decor so you are guaranteed to find a lot of chic Christmas gifts. There’ll be also a dedicated place for kids so it’s really a family friendly event. The market will take place in Halles de Bacalan on December 6-9. For more info about the event and all the exhibitors click here.

Les Polichineuses

When: December 6-9
Where: 10 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Marché de Noël de Bordeaux

The traditional Christmas market of Bordeaux will open its gates between November 30 and December 30. This is one of the biggest Christmas markets in the region with 150 pavilions selling all the traditional Christmas merchandise such as clothes, decorations, jewelry, toys and local products. Even if you don’t intend to buy any gifts at the market you can still enjoy the Christmas spirit with some hot wine and roasted chestnuts.  For more info click here.

When: November 30 – December 30 from 10:30 to 21:30
Where: Allées de Tourny, 33000 Bordeaux

Marché des Créateurs Récycleurs

This event is both creative an environmentally friendly. The market of recycling creators gather 22 craftsmen that make their products from used materials. You will find stands of furniture, jewelry, sculptures, accessories and more. The event will take place this weekend (December 8-9) in ATELIER d’éco SOLIDAIRE. The entry is free, for more details click here.

When: December 8-9
Where: 7 rue de la Motte Picquet, 33300 Bordeaux

Etsy Made in France Bordeaux

This market is organized by the Etsy Made in France team with the goal to promote local independent creators. Come to experience a more cozy market of young passionate creators and hear their stories and inspiration for their work. The event will take place this weekend (December 8-9) in Garage Moderne. For more info click here.

When: December 8-9
Where: Garage Moderne – 1 Rue des Etrangers – 33300 Bordeaux

Le Marché de Noël Solidaire 

The Solidarity Christmas market is part of the Social Economy and Solidarity month. This is a unique market, organized by the city hall and the local social development fund aiming to support young local creators who founded their company thanks to microcredits. The market will take place at Place Pey Berland on December 7-24. See more details here.

When: Until December 23
Where: Place Pey Berland

L’Arche de Noël – creators market

L’Arche de Noël is a creators market taking place in the Chartrons neighborhood every weekend until Christmas (December 22-23 is the last event). Each week a group of local talented craftsmen and artists will present their original creations.

See more details here.

When: December 8-9
Where: 23 Rue Minvielle, 33000 Bordeaux

Marché de Noël à Sarlat

If you’re in the mood to travel a bit this weekend, why not go to one of the best Christmas markets in South of France, the Sarlat Christmas martket. Sarlat is a magical places that is worth a visit any time of the year, but this market makes it even more worthwhile. The Christmas village opened its doors on December 5 and will continue until the end of December. The village includes 70 chalets selling local products, clothes, decorations, hot wine and more. For more info click here.

When: December 5-31
Where: Place de la Grande Rigaudie , 24200 Sarlat-la-canéda,

Yeah I know, it’s quite a heavy list this time. That’s why I divided it into three sections to help you see if this group of events is something that could interest you. As always, be kind and share the post on facebook, tweeter or pinterest 🙂

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Have a great weekend!