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Culan tourism and travel guide

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Visit Culan: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: The castle at Culan is one of the most interesting in the quiet Cher department

Culan is situated in the Cher department and Centre-Loire Valley region.

Important note

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Herisson at 28 km and Montlucon at 30 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Culan, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Culan in Centre-Loire Valley.

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

La Chatre

La Chatre

at 28 km (direction west), in the Indre department

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

See La Chatre guide


at 28 km (direction east), in the Allier department

The ruined castle and the historic centre along the banks...

See Herisson guide


at 30 km (direction south-east), in the Allier department

Periods of prosperity in the 12th, 15th and 19th centuries have each...

See Montlucon guide


at 31 km (direction west-north-west), in the Indre department

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

See Saint-Chartier guide


at 31 km (direction west-north-west), in the Indre department

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

See Nohant-Vic guide


at 53 km (direction north-west), in the Indre department

There are few important monuments here in Issoudun, but we...

See Issoudun guide

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

Map of places to visit near Culan


Markets in and near Culan

  • Chateaumeillant: market Friday (11km)
  • Saint-Amand-Montrond: market Wednesday & Saturday (23km)
  • Boussac: market Thursday (24km)
  • Domerat: market Friday (25km)
  • Lignieres: market Monday (26km)
  • Montlucon: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday all day (30km)
  • Neris-les-Bains: market Thursday & Sunday (38km)
  • Cosne-d'Allier: market Tuesday (38km)
  • Dun-sur-Auron: market Saturday (41km)
  • Commentry: market Friday (42km)

More information about Culan, Loire Valley

Tourist attractions near Culan, France

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

Heritage sites

  • Neuvy-Saint-Sépulchre collegiale St Etienne (monuments on French pilgrim routes) (42km)

National Monuments

  • George Sand House (30km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Saint-Georges (Saint-Jeanvrin) (10km)
  • Abbaye Notre Dame de Noirlac et Saint Etienne Prieuré (Bruere-Allichamps) (24km)
  • Abbaye de La Celle (La Celle) (26km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Ineuil) (26km)
  • Collegiale Saint Etienne (Dun-sur-Auron) (41km)
  • Eglise de Saint Germain (Blet) (49km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Les jardins artistiques de Drulon (12km)
  • Jardins du prieuré Notre-Dame-d'Orsan (14km)
  • Jardins du château d'Ainay-le-Vieil (16km)
  • Jardin du domaine de George Sand (31km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Foret de Troncais (30km)
  • Pierres Jaumetres (31km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Gouzon (41km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Saint-Amand-Montrond (23km)
  • Issoudun (52km)

Geography and distances

Culan is in the center of France at 60 kilometres from Bourges, the department capital (general information: Culan is 257 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Culan

Canton: Châteaumeillant

Arrondissement: Saint-Amand-Montrond

Department: Cher

Region: Loire Valley

New region: Centre-Loire Valley

Postcode: 18270

Distance to Culan

from Bourges (prefecture): 60 km

from Paris: 257 km

from Calais: 491 km

from Nice: 499 km

from Bordeaux: 296 km

from Strasbourg: 464 km

Getting here

Most visitors fly into Paris and rent a car or drive from one of the channel ports such as Caen or Le Havre, a drive af about 2-3 hours. For driving distances to Culan from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 4 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Reigny, Saint-Christophe-le-Chaudry, Saint-Maur and Sidiailles.

This page in French: Visiter Culan

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