Gien tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: To the east of the main Loire Valley, the view across the bridge to the castle and town of Gien is very atractive

Gien 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 Gien. For detailed visitor information see the Gien travel guide.

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Aubigny-sur-Nere at 26 km and Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey at 28 km.

Gien, France: places to visit and attractions

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



at 10 km (direction east-south-east)

With the Loire River and the Canal de Briare crossing in the centre of...

See Briare guide


at 26 km (direction 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
Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey

Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey

Abbey at 28 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 35 km (direction north-north-east)

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

See Montargis guide


at 37 km (direction north-north-west)

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

See Bellegarde guide


at 41 km (direction east), in the Yonne department

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

See Guedelon guide


at 42 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
Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres

Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres

Garden at 46 km (direction 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 54 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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Markets in and near Gien

Market days in Gien: weekly market: Wednesday & Saturday;

  • Gien: market Wednesday & Saturday (0km)
  • Briare: market Friday (8km)
  • Chatillon-sur-Loire: market Thursday (14km)
  • Beaulieu-sur-Loire: market Wednesday (21km)
  • Sully-sur-Loire: market Monday all day (21km)
  • Chatillon-Coligny: market Friday (21km)
  • Bleneau: market Tuesday (23km)
  • Lorris: market Thursday (24km)
  • Vailly-sur-Sauldre: market Friday (25km)
  • Aubigny-sur-Nere: market Saturday all day (27km)

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Tourist attractions near Gien, France

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

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

Remarkable gardens

  • Potager du jardin du château de La Bussière (13km)
  • Arboretum national des Barres (19km)
  • Jardins du manoir du Grand Courtoiseau (38km)
  • Arboretum des grandes bruyères (46km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)


Geography and distances

Gien is in the western-centre of France at 59 kilometres from Orleans, the department capital (general information: Gien is 132 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Gien

Canton: Gien

Arrondissement: Montargis

Department: Loiret

Region: Loire Valley

New region: Centre-Loire Valley

Postcode: 45500

Distance to Gien

from Orleans (prefecture): 59 km

from Paris: 132 km

from Calais: 367 km

from Nice: 571 km

from Bordeaux: 402 km

from Strasbourg: 392 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 Gien from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 4 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Nevoy, Poilly-Lez-Gien, Saint-Brisson-sur-Loire and Saint-Martin-sur-Ocre.

This page in French: Visiter Gien