Valencay, Loire Valley: tourism & sightseeing

Photo of Valencay in Indre

Visit Valencay (Loire Valley, France)

Valencay is located to the east of Tours and north of Chateauroux. The town is of course best known for the Chateau de Valencay, which attracts many visitors each year and is a highlight in the Loire region, but Valencay has more to offer than the castle, and it is recommended that you take the time to visit the town itself.

Valencay Highlights

An impressive car museum in the town is the Musee de l'Automobile de Valencay. The museum holds a wide selection of about 60 old cars, many pre-war and in good condition and all of which apparently still work, collected by a local family over the past century).

You can also visit the Museum of Art with Sugar (Musee du Sucre d'Art) which features various artistic creations made pretty much entirely from sugar.

The town pays homage to Talleyrand, the revolutionary period politician who was maire of Valencay in the 1830's, with a guided tour indicating buildings of interest that relate to Talleyrand - those he had constructed etc. such as the town hall and the Maison de Charité (see Valencay tourist office for full details of the route). His tomb is also in the town

Fishing is a popular activity on the quiet banks of the River Nahon to the south-east of the town centre, with a permit costing around 10 euros a day.

While visiting be sure to enjoy the local produce. Valencay is home to an appelation controlée wine, and also to an appelation controlée cheese (called Le Valencay), which is a delicious goats cheese. It is of course imperative that you enjoy both when in the town.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Indre guide and the Loire Valley guide.

See also:

Map of Valencay and places to visit

Visit near Valencay with France This Way reviews

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Tourist classifications

Valencay is classified as a recommended detour town (plus beau detour)

Address: Valençay, Châteauroux, Indre, Loire Valley, 36600, France || GPS: latitude 47.1614, longitude 1.56694

Plan your visit to Valencay, Loire Valley

Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Veuil: ville fleurie 4* (6km)
  • Bouges-le-Chateau Castle: national monument (16km)
  • Jardin du château de Bouges: remarkable garden (16km)
  • ZooParc de Beauval: zoo or wildlife park (19km)
  • Vatan: village d'etape (21km)
  • Montresor: most beautiful village (27km)

Market days in Valencay, France

Regular market(s) are held in Valencay each Tuesday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

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