Briare tourism and travel guide

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Visit Briare: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: 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

Briare is situated in the Loiret department and Centre-Loire Valley region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Briare. For detailed visitor information see the Briare travel guide.

Tourist classifications for Briare include "ville fleurie 4*".

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Briare in Centre-Loire Valley.

Popular places to visit nearby include Aubigny-sur-Nere at 28 km and Guedelon at 33 km.

Briare, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



at 8 km (direction west-north-west)

To the east of the main Loire Valley, the view across the bridge to...

See Gien guide


at 28 km (direction west-south-west), in the Cher department

It is the multi-turreted castle and the Scottish connection that explain the popularity of...

See Aubigny-sur-Nere guide


at 33 km (direction east), in the Yonne department

At the remarkable site of Guedelon an entire medieval castle is being reconstructed using...

See Guedelon guide
Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey

Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey

Abbey at 36 km (direction west-north-west)

Fans of romanesque architecture will appreciate the many period features in the 12th century...

See Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey guide


at 36 km (direction south-south-east), in the Cher department

The pretty village of Sancerre is best known for the famous wines of the...

See Sancerre guide


at 39 km (direction south-south-east)

With more than 130 bridges across the numerous canals and rivers in Montargis, it...

See Montargis guide


at 43 km (direction north-west)

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

See Bellegarde guide
Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres

Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres

Garden at 54 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres guide
Chateau de Chamerolles

Chateau de Chamerolles

Castle at 62 km (direction north-west)

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

See Chateau de Chamerolles guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Loiret

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Map of places to visit near Briare


Markets in and near Briare

Market days in Briare: weekly market: Friday;

  • Briare: market Friday (0km)
  • Chatillon-sur-Loire: market Thursday (7km)
  • Gien: market Wednesday & Saturday (8km)
  • Beaulieu-sur-Loire: market Wednesday (14km)
  • Bleneau: market Tuesday (17km)
  • Chatillon-Coligny: market Friday (21km)
  • Vailly-sur-Sauldre: market Friday (22km)
  • Saint-Fargeau: market Friday (26km)
  • Aubigny-sur-Nere: market Saturday all day (28km)
  • Sully-sur-Loire: market Monday all day (29km)

More information about Briare, Loire Valley

Tourist attractions near Briare, France

What to do at Briare? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Briare.

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

Remarkable gardens

  • Potager du jardin du château de La Bussière (14km)
  • Arboretum national des Barres (21km)
  • Jardins du manoir du Grand Courtoiseau (37km)
  • Arboretum des grandes bruyères (54km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)


Geography and distances

Briare is in the western-centre of France at 67 kilometres from Orleans, the department capital (general information: Briare is 137 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Briare

Canton: Briare

Arrondissement: Montargis

Department: Loiret

Region: Loire Valley

New region: Centre-Loire Valley

Postcode: 45250

Distance to Briare

from Orleans (prefecture): 67 km

from Paris: 137 km

from Calais: 372 km

from Nice: 563 km

from Bordeaux: 403 km

from Strasbourg: 387 km

Getting here

Most visitors will either fly into one of the airports in Paris (Orly / Charles de Gaulle) or come via a ferry from the UK to a port such as Le Havre and Caen, 3-4 hours drive from here. For driving distances to Briare from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 3 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Saint-Brisson-sur-Loire, Saint-Firmin-sur-Loire and Saint-Martin-sur-Ocre.

This page in French: Visiter Briare