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Diou tourism and travel guide

Photo of Diou in Allier

Photo is of Paray-le-Monial at 30 km from Diou

Visit Diou: highlights and tourist information

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Diou is situated in the Allier department and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

Popular places to visit nearby include Paray-le-Monial at 30 km and Paray-le-Monial basilica at 30 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Diou, 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 Diou in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

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



at 30 km (direction east-south-east), in the Saone-et-Loire department

The 12th century abbey and other buildings and the...

See Paray-le-Monial guide
Paray-le-Monial basilica

Paray-le-Monial basilica

Church at 30 km (direction east-south-east), in the Saone-et-Loire department

Paray-le-Monial basilica is an impressive 12th century church in...

See Paray-le-Monial basilica guide


at 32 km (direction west)

In the historic centre of Moulins it is the...

See Moulins guide


at 33 km (direction south-south-west)

The renaissance style Chateau de la Palice, its internal decorations and...

See Lapalisse guide


at 34 km (direction south-east), in the Saone-et-Loire department

Much the most visited site in this pretty village...

See Anzy-le-Duc guide


Most Beautiful Village at 40 km (direction south-east), in the Saone-et-Loire department

As well as the pretty village itself, you can also visit the...

See Semur-en-Brionnais guide


at 42 km (direction west)

The Priory Church of Saint-Peter and Saint-Paul with the tombes...

See Souvigny guide


at 43 km (direction west-south-west)

The quiet town of Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule lacks major monuments but merits...

See Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule guide


at 51 km (direction south-west)

The spa town of Vichy is best known for its...

See Vichy guide


Most Beautiful Village at 59 km (direction west-south-west)

Charroux is a very quiet Auvergne village, unusual in...

See Charroux guide


at 63 km (direction north-east), in the Saone-et-Loire department

After exploring Autun with its old town, cathedral and roman ruins you...

See Autun guide

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

Map of places to visit near Diou


Markets in and near Diou

  • Dompierre-sur-Besbre: market Saturday (5km)
  • Digoin: market Sunday & Friday (19km)
  • Le Donjon: market Tuesday (21km)
  • Jaligny-sur-Besbre: market Wednesday (21km)
  • Gueugnon: market Thursday (24km)
  • Paray-le-Monial: market Friday (30km)
  • Yzeure: market Wednesday (30km)
  • Moulins: market Tuesday & Friday (32km)
  • Lapalisse: market Thursday (33km)
  • Varennes-sur-Allier: market Tuesday (36km)

More information about Diou, Auvergne

Tourist attractions near Diou, France

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

Grand sites of France

  • Bibracte-Mont Beuvray (49km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Chareil-Cintrat Chateau (50km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (Neuilly-en-Donjon) (24km)
  • Basilique du Sacré-Cœur (Paray-le-Monial) (30km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre et Saint Paul (Montceaux-l'Etoile) (30km)
  • Prieuré d'Anzy-le-Duc (Anzy-le-Duc) (34km)
  • Prieuré church de Saint Pierre et Saint Benoit (Perrecy-les-Forges) (37km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens (Varenne-l'Arconce) (38km)
  • Eglise de Saint Hilaire (Semur-en-Brionnais) (40km)
  • Eglise de Saint Nizier (Baron) (41km)
  • Eglise de Saint Germain (Saint-Germain-en-Brionnais) (44km)
  • Eglise de Saint Marcel (Iguerande) (44km)
  • Couvent des Cordeliers (Saint-Nizier-sous-Charlieu) (51km)
  • Abbaye Saint-Fortuné de Charlieu (Charlieu) (53km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin du château de Digoine (36km)
  • Les jardins Romans de Varenne-l'Arconce (38km)
  • Jardin du château de Chaumont (41km)
  • Arboretum de Balaine (42km)
  • Les Jardins du château de Drée (50km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Bibracte (49km)

Amusement park / theme park

  • Le PAL (5km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Charolles (42km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc d'Attractions et Animalier (PAL) (9km)

Geography and distances

Diou is in the south of France at 32 kilometres from Moulins, the department capital (general information: Diou is 279 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Diou

Canton: Dompierre-sur-Besbre

Arrondissement: Moulins

Department: Allier

Region: Auvergne

New region: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 0

Distance to Diou

from Moulins (prefecture): 32 km

from Paris: 279 km

from Calais: 510 km

from Nice: 419 km

from Bordeaux: 385 km

from Strasbourg: 377 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Diou from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 4 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Dompierre-sur-Besbre, Gilly-sur-Loire, Pierrefitte-sur-Loire and Saint-Aubin-sur-Loire.

This page in French: Visiter Diou

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