Chateau-du-Loir tourism and travel guide

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Chateau-du-Loir is situated in the Sarthe department and Pays de la Loire region.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Chateau-du-Loir in Pays de la Loire.

Popular places to visit nearby include Chateau du Lude at 20 km and Lavardin at 35 km.

Chateau-du-Loir, France: places to visit and attractions

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

Chateau du Lude

Chateau du Lude

Castle at 20 km (direction west)

The Chateau de Lude and its lovely gardens are the closest of...

See Chateau du Lude guide


Most Beautiful Village at 35 km (direction east), in the Loir-et-Cher department

With a river and ancient bridge below and an ancient castle above...

See Lavardin guide
Le Mans

Le Mans

at 38 km (direction north-west)

Le Mans is best known for its famous car race, but also...

See Le Mans guide
Basilica of Saint-Martin in Tours

Basilica of Saint-Martin in Tours

Church at 39 km (direction south-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

The basilica Saint-Martin is an imposing neo-byzantine church in the town of...

See Basilica of Saint-Martin in Tours guide
Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters

Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters

Cathedral at 39 km (direction south-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

The la Psalette cloister and the cathedral of Tours together make a...

See Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters guide


at 39 km (direction south-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

Tours is a large important town with numerous monuments, gardens and medieval...

See Tours guide
Chateau de Villandry

Chateau de Villandry

Castle at 40 km (direction south-south-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

The rooms at Chateau de Villandry can be explored, but it is...

See Chateau de Villandry guide


at 41 km (direction south), in the Indre-et-Loire department

Langeais is a small town with a pretty town centre, best known...

See Langeais guide
Chateau de Langeais

Chateau de Langeais

Castle at 41 km (direction south), in the Indre-et-Loire department

Château de Langeais is a medieval-renaissance castle with nicely furnished rooms and...

See Chateau de Langeais guide


at 43 km (direction west-south-west), in the Maine-et-Loire department

Bauge is a small traditional town with a small castle - and...

See Bauge guide


at 48 km (direction south), in the Indre-et-Loire department

The village of Azay-le-Rideau is best known for its castle but also...

See Azay-le-Rideau guide
Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Castle at 49 km (direction south), in the Indre-et-Loire department

Not the most luxurious or largest castle in the region, it is...

See Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau guide


at 49 km (direction west-north-west)

Parcé sur Sarthe is a classified petites cites de caractere and has...

See Parcé-sur-Sarthe guide


at 50 km (direction east), in the Loir-et-Cher department

Now listed as a 'town of art and history', Vendome retains many...

See Vendome guide

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Markets in and near Chateau-du-Loir

Market days in Chateau-du-Loir: weekly market: Saturday;

  • Chateau-du-Loir: market Saturday (0km)
  • Saint-Paterne-Racan: market Thursday (11km)
  • Neuvy-le-Roi: market Friday (16km)
  • Chateau-la-Valliere: market Monday (18km)
  • Ecommoy: market Tuesday (18km)
  • Neuille-Pont-Pierre: market Tuesday (19km)
  • Le Grand-Luce: market Wednesday all day (19km)
  • Le Lude: market Thursday (20km)
  • Besse-sur-Braye: market Saturday (29km)
  • Noyant: market Friday (31km)

More information about Chateau-du-Loir, Pays de la Loire

Tourist attractions near Chateau-du-Loir, France

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


  • Aquarium du Val-de-Loire (50km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • La Fleche (37km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye de l'Epau (Yvre-l'Eveque) (37km)
  • Cathédrale Saint Julien (Le Mans) (39km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins du château de Poncé (19km)
  • Jardin d’atmosphère du Petit Bordeaux (20km)
  • Parc et jardins du château du Lude (20km)
  • Parc de Lathan (31km)
  • Les jardins du prieuré de Saint-Cosme (39km)
  • Jardin du domaine de Sasnières (39km)
  • Le jardin des Prébendes d'Oé (39km)
  • Jardin du château de Vilaines (39km)
  • Les jardins du château de Villandry (40km)
  • Parc et jardins du château de Valmer (44km)
  • Jardins du Mirail (47km)
  • Jardins de la Massonnière (51km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Cogners (26km)
  • Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire (38km)
  • Coulaines (40km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Spaycific'Zoo (33km)
  • Réserve de Beaumarchais (47km)

Geography and distances

Chateau-du-Loir is in the north-west of France at 40 kilometres from Le Mans, the department capital (general information: Chateau-du-Loir is 193 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Chateau-du-Loir

Canton: Château-du-Loir

Arrondissement: Mans

Department: Sarthe

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 72500

Distance to Chateau-du-Loir

from Le Mans (prefecture): 40 km

from Paris: 193 km

from Calais: 376 km

from Nice: 692 km

from Bordeaux: 327 km

from Strasbourg: 553 km

Getting here

Most visitors get here by car having taken a ferry, probably to Saint-Malo or Caen, and then a drive of around 2 - 3 hours. For driving distances to Chateau-du-Loir from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 8 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Dissay-sous-Courcillon, Flee, La Bruere-sur-Loir, Luceau, Montabon, Nogent-sur-Loir, Saint-Pierre-de-Cheville and Vouvray-sur-Loir.

This page in French: Visiter Chateau-du-Loir