Visit Nerac (Aquitaine, France)
Nerac is a town on the southern edge of the Lot-et-Garonne department of south-west France. There are few major highlights except the castle but Nerac is nonetheless a pleasant town to spend a morning exploring and there are some interesting medieval buildings to discover around the town which lies on both sides of the Baise River.
The historically important Albret region had Nerac as capital and lay on the northern edge of Gascony. Like other historical region names (Gascony, Perigord, Quercy) the Albret name is now used in much tourist information to describe the region around Nérac (and Castejaloux).
The cluster of buildings just north of the old bridge is a good place to start, then explore the section of the town south of the river and between the two bridges (behind and south of the castle). Near the Vieux Pont take a look at the wonderful colombage (half-timber) buildings of the old tanneries, then you can take a boat trip along the river to get even better views of this lovely stretch of the Baise river. Ahead of you above the river is the Church of Notre Dame.
It is the Chateau Henry IV at Nerac that attracts most visitors to the town. Only a part of the original chateau remains but it is a very impressive wing of the original castle, with a round tower and an arcaded balcony with decorative columns running along the first floor level.
The castle now houses a museum tracing the history of the region, and in particular of the Albret region - the museum holds archaelogical finds and an exhibition about the history of the Albret family.
Go to the tourist information office and pick up a map with a guided walk around Nerac's highlights.
In the main part of town as well as the Chateau Henri IV you can see the town hall, which was once the town's prison. If you follow the guided walk around Nerac you can also see the building which was the original town hall and is one of the oldest buildings in Nerac although it was largely destroyed by a fire in 1611.
Wandering around the centre of Nerac there are many attractive buildings dating from the 15th to 17th centuries. The most interesting part of the town is on the other side of the river. You should also take a walk up to the viewpoint (belvedere) as the views over the river and the town below are really excellent.
If you have time take a walk along the river and through the Parc Royal de la Garenne. Once a royal hunting ground it is now a very pleasant park and there are a number of notable fountains in the park. On the other side of the river is a 16th century pavilion which was once used by ladies to undress for bathing in the river.
Market day in Nerac is Saturday morning. Nerac holds a colourful flower market the second weekend of May.
Close to Nerac is the newly opened Lud'O Parc which is a large water park which has been designed to look like a Roman ruin but has lots of water jets, slides etc to keep the family amused.
Photos of Nerac
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Tourist classifications for Nerac
Nerac is classified as a historical protected town centre' (secteur sauvegardé)
Address: Nérac, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine, 47600 || GPS: latitude 44.148, longitude 0.345039
Map of Nerac & places nearby
Highlights close by
Villeneuve de Mezin 13km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Nerac, France
- Walibi Aquitaine - theme park (17km)
- Eglise de Sainte Marie (Aubiac) - religious monument (17km)
- Fources - most beautiful village (20km)
- Prieuré de Sainte Marie (Moirax) - religious monument (21km)
- Jardin et arboretum de Coursiana - remarkable garden (22km)
- La Romieu Collegiale St Pierre (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (22km)
- Agen cathédrale St Caprais (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (23km)
- Larressingle - most beautiful village (23km)
- Beaumont sur l'Osee pont d'Artigues (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (24km)
- Montreal-du-Gers - most beautiful village (25km)
Market days in Nerac: Regular market(s) are held in Nerac each Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Nerac (Francais)