Lavardin, Loire Valley: tourism & sightseeing

Photo of Lavardin in Loir-et-Cher

Visit Lavardin (Loire Valley, France)

MAP & PLACES TO VISIT

Lavardin is situated 20 km south-west of Vendome and 40 km north of Tours, towards the north of the the Centre (Loire Valley) region of France. Although it is a small village, with approximately 260 inhabitants, the picturesque Lavardin is very picturesque, in a lovely setting on the Loir river with the ruins of a medieval castle poised dramatically above the village.

Exploring Lavardin

Start your visit on the ancient gothic style eight arched stone bridge across the Loir river. From here you get a good view up across the village and the castle on the hill.

Cross to the other side of the bridge to take a photo of the bridge and river with the castle and village behind and to see the ancient lavoir - then stop for a game of 'pooh sticks' on the bridge!

The houses in the village are both pretty and interesting, with some fascinating period features (16th century) - such as colombage, ornate windows and slate rooves to discover. Among the highlights are the Maison Perrault on Rue de la Barriere, a gothic style house dating from the 13th century that you might almost think is a church when you see the stone windows; and the Maison Florent Tissard, a substantial medievalhouse with a tower and raised balcony.

Another highlight in Lavardin is the roman style Church of Saint Geneste. The understated exterior gives little clue to the impressive frescoes, carvings and decorations to be found inside the church, of which there are a great number.

The medieval village is dominated by the ruined chateau towering above it, atop a rocky cliff. Dating originally from the 11th-14th centuries, but also now a ruin since long ago, when the troops of Henry 4th laid it to waste. The castle still has its donjon (keep) and the remains of some defensive walls including the entrance through an imposing gateway with towers either side.

Lavardin is officially classified as one of the 'most beautiful villages of France'.

Local highlights

Close to Lavardin, the troglodyte village of Troo is well worth a visit, with many of these ancient troglodyte caves now restored as fine residences. Vendome is also nearby, a larger town well deserving of a visit.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Loir-et-Cher guide and the Loire Valley guide.

See also:

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Tourist classifications

Lavardin is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)

Address: Lavardin, Montoire-sur-le-Loir, Vendôme, Loir-et-Cher, Loire Valley, 41800, France || GPS: latitude 47.7425, longitude 0.886944

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Jardin du domaine de Sasnières: remarkable garden (5km)
  • Vendome: town of art and history (15km)
  • Jardins du château de Poncé: remarkable garden (17km)
  • Cogners: ville fleurie 4* (22km)
  • Réserve de Beaumarchais: zoo or wildlife park (25km)
  • Domaine régional de Chaumont-sur-Loire: remarkable garden (37km)

The French version of this page is at Lavardin (Francais)