TO DO/ TO SEE

La Charité sur Loire:

The medieval spirit is reflected in the narrow streets of this city classified "City of Art and History". Picturesque staircases, passages and other cobbled streets lead you straight to his beautiful heart: The Priory and the Notre Dame Church (Listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site). Affiliated to the monastery of Cluny, you visit, through its arched corridors, its cloister and its garden, one of the major sites of Burgundian Roman-esque art.
Today, you can also discover the city over the quotations written on the walls of many buildings. City of books since 2000, La Charité-sur-Loire is also the city of « Word » where the Festival of Word takes place every year in May.
Finally, and after discovering its history, you can visit the cellars of the vineyard of la Charité-sur-Loire, where cellar master welcome you for tastings.


Nevers (30km):

On the top of a small hill overlooking the Loire, we can find the most representative monuments of the history of Nevers: the Ducal Palace, considered one of the first castles of the Loire, which was the residence of the lords and dukes of Nevers county. The Cathedral Saint-Cyr St. Julitte has two peculiarities: it has two opposing chancels; one Romanesque, the other Gothic and contemporary stained-glass windows created by different artists.
Nevers is also Earthenware. This art came from Italy in the late sixteenth century at the invitation of Duke Louis de Gonzague. Then, in the seventeenth century Nevers became the French capital of Earthenware. Currently 5 work-shops perpetuates this art.
You can also visit the "Saint Bernadette's reliquary": the final resting place of Bernadette Soubirous who would have had an apparition of the Virgin Mary in February 1858 in the cave of Massabielle, near Lourdes.


Pouilly sur Loire (13km):

Situated within the nature reserve of the Val de Loire, the village of Pouilly sur Loire is internationally recognized for its vineyards.
Located in a remarkable heritage setting, old buildings, including a tower of the sixteenth century which initiated his name, The Tower of Pouilly Fumé immerses visitors into an innovative multi-sensory journey which highlights the vineyards of Pouilly and the know-how of winemakers.
You can also visit le Pavillon du Milieu de Loire to discover the flora and fauna which inhabit the banks of the Loire. Your senses will be awakened in a fun and interactive approach.

 


Sancerre (30km):

Perched on a rocky spur at 312 meters, Sancerre dominates the panorama of the Loire Valley. You can discover the old districts of winemakers, bakers ... but also the buildings of the fifteenth century, and many art galleries. La Tour des Fiefs, a survivor of the castle of the Lords of Sancerre, offers a view of the city full of charm and tranquillity ...
The Wines of Sancerre and le Crottin de Chavignol, tasty goat cheese from the village of the same name, benefit from the AOC (Appelation d’origine controlé).

 


Bec d’Allier / Apremont sur Allier (34km):

A fabulous natural site, the first listed site Panda Fluvial "WWF" in France since 2005, where we can admire the mixture of the waters of the Loire and Allier.
At the heart of the medieval village of Apremont-sur-Allier, classified "most beautiful villages in France", the floral park offers a green bower.

 

 


Guedelon (56km):

In the middle of a natural space giving all the raw materials necessary for the construction: stone, wood, sand, clay… quarrymen, stonemasons, bricklayers, woodcutters, carpenters, blacksmiths, tile makers, carter, rope maker ... build since 20 years a real fortified castle like the craftsmen of the Middle Age.

 

 


Bourges (51km):

Historic capital of Berry, the city of Bourges is known for its historical heritage and its cultural ferment. Spearhead, its Gothic cathedral listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, remains imperturbable and proudly raised in the heart of an historic district preciously preserved. Witness of the History of France, the city has seen few kings and great men such as Charles VII, Jean de Berry and Jacques Coeur, fascinating characters who influenced Bourges. The Palace of Jacques Coeur, located in the heart of the historic district is one of the most impressive buildings of civil Gothic architecture in France.

 


Briare (60km):

Built around a charming marina, the city offers many walks along the Loire and along the channels. Briare is known for its canal bridge, a remarkable work which crosses the Loire. This work, inspired by the famous engineer Gustave Eiffel, is a technical feat: with 6 meters wide, with a draught of 1.80 meters, it spans the Loire with a length of 662 meters. It was the longest metallic canal bridge in the world until 2003.
In the middle of the XIXth century, the engineer Jean-Félix Bapterosse creates the factory of Briare, to make buttons and pearls then, later mosaic. At that time, the world recognition of the beauty of colours Briare earned it the nick-name "the City of Pearls". Through the Briare’s mosaic museum, you can discover the history of Enamels of Briare.


Regional Natural Park of Morvan (60km):

hilly meadows, tangle of streams, villages and steeples, bocages, chapels, abbeys and castles, legends and mysteries, side roads and peaceful rest areas ... , the landscape invites you to stroll and discover. Crimped of a green bower, the great Morvan’s lakes reflect a natural and preserved environment. This is an ideal site for hiking or other sports activities (mountain biking, white water sports, fishing ... ).


Don't forget: the city of Vezelay, Jean Linard's cathedral, Village of La Borne with its potters, Halle of Grossouvre, racing circuit of Magny Cours, numerous castles and abbeys ... ..