Loiret places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Loiret department of Loire Valley. See also our Loiret travel guide.

Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres

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The arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres is a fabulous arboretum and garden near Orleans

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Beaugency

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A small town on the banks of the Loire River, Beaugency squeezes a remarkable number of interesting sights in a small space!

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Bellegarde

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Bellegarde is a small traditional town with an atractive moated castle in the centre

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Briare

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With the Loire River and the Canal de Briare crossing in the centre of Briare it is not surprising that water based activities are important here

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Cathedral of Sainte-Croix, Orleans

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Chateau de Chamerolles

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The chateau de Chamerolles is an attractive chateau with a pretty Renaissance garden

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Gien

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To the east of the main Loire Valley, the view across the bridge to the castle and town of Gien is very atractive

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Montargis

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With more than 130 bridges across the numerous canals and rivers in Montargis, it is the scenery along these waterways that is the highlight here

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Orleans

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The large town of Orleans has a great deal to recommend it: a famous cathedral, an extensive old town, a riverside promenade, and some lovely gardens nearby

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Parc Floral de la Source, Orleans

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Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey

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Fans of romanesque architecture will appreciate the many period features in the 12th century Abbey of Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire

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Yevre-le-Chatel

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The walk along the Rimarden river, the traditional charm and the ruined castle all contributed to Yevre-le-Chatel being listed as a 'most beautiful village in France'

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For more information see the Loiret guide

 
 

Market towns & days in Loiret

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Beaugency: Saturday all day
Beaulieu-sur-Loire: Wednesday
Briare: Friday
Chalette-sur-Loing: Friday
Chateauneuf-sur-Loire: Friday all day
Chatillon-Coligny: Friday
Chatillon-sur-Loire: Thursday
Courtenay: Thursday
Fleury-les-Aubrais: Tuesday & Sunday
Gien: Wednesday & Saturday
La Ferte-Saint-Aubin: Thursday
Lorris: Thursday
Malesherbes: Wednesday
Meung-sur-Loire: Sunday
Montargis: Wednesday & Saturday all day
Orleans: every day except Monday
Pithiviers: Saturday all day
Puiseaux: Monday
Sully-sur-Loire: Monday all day

Selected tourist attractions in the Loiret department

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

4* Towns in Bloom

Briare: Tourist guide

Fleury-les-Aubrais

Olivet

Quiers-sur-Bezonde

Saint-Cyr-en-Val

Saint-Jean-de-la-Ruelle

Towns of Art and History

Orleans: Tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Arboretum des grandes bruyères

Arboretum national des Barres

Jardins du manoir du Grand Courtoiseau

Les prés-Culand

Parc Floral de la Source: Tourist guide

Potager du jardin du château de La Bussière

Religious Monuments

Abbaye de Saint Benoît sur Loire (Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey)

Eglise de Notre Dame (Boiscommun)

towns classified as Recommended Detours

Beaugency: Tourist guide

Montargis: Tourist guide