A base for exploring the region, Souillac is a market town that has a long history, a medieval past and is filled with Romanesque-style sculptures.
The rich agricultural land surrounding the town is known for its walnuts, strawberries and rural living. As you enter the town it appears a fairly normal French town, not giving away any of its medieval charm and history until you enter the walled part of town and the narrow streets the lead from the Abbey Saint-Marie to the old Saint-Martin church and tourist office. The old Halle (market hall) is in the heart of the town and was built between 1832 and 1836. It is now listed as a national historical monument.
The town's main areas of interest are in the old town where you'll find the Sainte-Marie abbey and church dating to the 12th century. The narrow medieval streets offer plenty of shopping opportunities and cafes for a small snack or drink. Souillac is situated equidistant from Sarlat-la-Caneda and Rocamadour, making it a good base to explore some of the most popular and spectacular sights that the Dordogne has to offer.