|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean-Jacques de Peretti|
|Area1||47.13 km2 (18.20 sq mi)|
|• Density||200/km2 (510/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||24520 / 24200|
|Elevation||102–319 m (335–1,047 ft)
(avg. 189 m or 620 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
The town of Sarlat is in a region known in France as the Périgord Noir (the Black Périgord, as opposed to the Green Périgord, the White Périgord, and the Purple Périgord).
Because modern history has largely passed it by, Sarlat has remained preserved and one of the towns most representative of 14th century France. It owes its current status on France's Tentative List for future nomination as a UNESCO World Heritage site to the enthusiasm of writer, resistance fighter and politician André Malraux, who, as Minister of Culture (1960–1969), restored the town and many other sites of historic significance throughout France. The centre of the old town consists of impeccably restored stone buildings and is largely car-free.
- Agriculture: Agriculture has long been of importance in the Dordogne area around Sarlat. Tobacco has been grown around Sarlat since 1857 and has historically been a major commodity for the area, although it is on the wane. Other agricultural commodities include corn, hay, walnuts, walnut oil, cheeses, wine, cèpes (a sort of wild mushrooms) and truffles.
- Tourism: Numerous visitors—especially from northern Europe (the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, etc.) -- come on holiday to Sarlat and the lovely region surrounding it and some have settled there permanently. The months of July and August are traditionally the haute saison (high season) for visitors, as is true in much of France outside Paris.
- Foie gras: There are several large foie gras factories as well as a number of small producers of geese and ducks in the region that make foie gras and other cherished products (confits, pâté, etc.) from these birds.
Sarlat was the birthplace of:
- Étienne de La Boétie (1530–1563), judge, writer, and philosopher, friend of Montaigne
- François Fournier-Sarlovèze (1773-1827), French general of the Napoleonic Wars
- Gauthier de Costes, seigneur de la Calprenède (c.1610-1663), novelist and dramatist
- Gabriel Tarde, judge and sociologist (1843–1904)
The town and region have featured in two major Hollywood films: Ridley Scott's The Duellists (1978) based on Joseph Conrad's Napoleonic tale; and more recently Timeline (2003) adapted from Michael Crichton's time-travel novel, set in 14th century France.
Other movies partly shot in Sarlat include:
- Ever After, a Cinderella Story (1998) by Andy Tennant
- The Musketeer (2001) by Peter Hyams
- Jacquou le Croquant (2007) by Laurent Boutonnat.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sarlat-la-Canéda.|
- Official site
- Tourist office website
- Air Photography of Sarlat La Canéda[dead link]
- Bed and Breakfast Sarlat