Brives tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Issoudun at 14 km from Brives

Visit Brives: highlights and tourist information

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Brives is situated in the Indre department and Centre-Loire Valley region.

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Issoudun at 14 km and Chateauroux at 20 km.

Brives, France: places to visit and attractions

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



at 14 km (direction north-north-east)

There are few important monuments here in Issoudun, but we enjoyed a stroll around...

See Issoudun guide


at 20 km (direction west)

A little remote from the main tourist routes, Chateauroux is quite a sprawling town...

See Chateauroux guide


at 22 km (direction south)

Take a stroll through the grounds of the castle here in the quiet town...

See Saint-Chartier guide


at 23 km (direction south)

The 18th century French manor house where George Sand lived is the main attraction...

See Nohant-Vic guide
La Chatre

La Chatre

at 29 km (direction south)

La Chatre is a small town and quick to explore - before setting off...

See La Chatre guide


at 39 km (direction north-east), in the Cher department

The castle and the 11th century Collegiale Notre-Dame are among several sights of importance...

See Mehun-sur-Yevre guide


at 43 km (direction west-south-west)

There are several churches of interest here in Argenton-sur-Creuse, and a very pretty walk...

See Argenton-sur-Creuse guide
Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur

Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur

at 43 km (direction east-north-east), in the Cher department

The Palais Jacques-Coeur is a charming medieval palace with impressive rooms and fireplaces in...

See Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur guide


at 43 km (direction east-north-east), in the Cher department

Although Bourges is known for its stunning cathedral, it also has a substantial medieval...

See Bourges guide
Bourges Cathedral

Bourges Cathedral

Cathedral at 43 km (direction east-north-east), in the Cher department

The cathedral in Bourges is a 13th century building with remarkable stonework and impressive...

See Bourges Cathedral guide


at 45 km (direction south-east), in the Cher department

The castle at Culan is one of the most interesting in the quiet Cher...

See Culan guide


Most Beautiful Village at 45 km (direction south-west)

Gargilesse-Dampierre is a very small village, but also very pretty and in a lovely...

See Gargilesse-Dampierre guide
Chateau de Valencay

Chateau de Valencay

Castle at 45 km (direction north-west)

The renaissance style castle and formal gardens make the Chateau de Valencay among the...

See Chateau de Valencay guide


at 46 km (direction north-west)

The castle is the main attraction in Valencay, but we also suggest a visit...

See Valencay guide

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Map of places to visit near Brives


Markets in and near Brives

  • Issoudun: market Saturday all day (12km)
  • Chateauroux: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday all day & Friday (19km)
  • Lignieres: market Monday (20km)
  • Vatan: market Wednesday (28km)
  • Reuilly: market Friday (28km)
  • Saint-Florent-sur-Cher: market Friday & (28km)
  • Levroux: market Monday (30km)
  • Villedieu-sur-Indre: market Wednesday (31km)
  • Gracay: market Thursday (34km)
  • Chateaumeillant: market Friday (37km)

More information about Brives, Loire Valley

Tourist attractions near Brives, France

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

Heritage sites

  • Neuvy-Saint-Sépulchre collegiale St Etienne (monuments on French pilgrim routes) (30km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Ineuil) (27km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Georges (Saint-Jeanvrin) (35km)
  • Abbaye de La Celle (La Celle) (39km)
  • St Aignan de Brinay (Brinay) (40km)
  • Abbaye Notre Dame de Noirlac et Saint Etienne Prieuré (Bruere-Allichamps) (40km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Plaimpied-Givaudins) (42km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin du domaine de George Sand (23km)
  • Jardin du château de Bouges (30km)
  • Jardins du prieuré Notre-Dame-d'Orsan (30km)
  • Les jardins artistiques de Drulon (40km)
  • Les Prés Fichaux (43km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Vatan (28km)
  • Eguzon-Chantome (53km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)


Geography and distances

Brives is in the eastern-center of France at 20 kilometres from Chateauroux, the department capital (general information: Brives is 226 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Brives

Canton: Issoudun-Sud

Arrondissement: Issoudun

Department: Indre

Region: Loire Valley

New region: Centre-Loire Valley

Postcode: 36100

Distance to Brives

from Chateauroux (prefecture): 20 km

from Paris: 226 km

from Calais: 457 km

from Nice: 543 km

from Bordeaux: 297 km

from Strasbourg: 475 km

Getting here

Most visitors fly into a Paris airport and drive from there or arrive in a cross-channel port with Le Havre and Caen about 3-4 hours distance in the car. For driving distances to Brives from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 5 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Bommiers, Conde, Meunet-Planches, Saint-Aubin and Vouillon.

This page in French: Visiter Brives