Candle Night in Sarlat

January 14, 2015 Updated: April 23, 2016

It was a great opportunity to spend the night in the city of Sarlat in September, coinciding with candle night (Journee-du-Patrimoine).

 The tourist board every year in the third week of September lit up the whole town with over 10000 candles in the little tea lights to celebrate candle night. The town is normally lightened up with original 17th Century gas lamps, giving a medieval feeling throughout. It is Sarlat’s heritage day. All official buildings, which are not normally open to the public, become accessible to everyone to visit. The artists and craftsmen display their artworks in special exhibitions.

The tourists, locals and villagers gather to celebrate a special night. The candlelights and soft music played in the background and filled the air with a pleasant romantic feeling. It was a stormy night. The rain started showering the town and extinguished some of the candles. However, despite the rain, the people remained walking around and the candlelights still brighten up the narrow passages. Fortunately, the rain stopped and did not spoil the night.

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The Tourist Office of Sarlat (, can give directions to all the things to see and do in Sarlat and many interesting places in the Dordogne Valley region.