Jars tourism and travel guide

Photo of Jars in Cher

Photo is of Sancerre at 14 km from Jars

Visit Jars: highlights and tourist information

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Jars is situated in the Cher 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 Jars in Centre-Loire Valley.

Popular places to visit nearby include Sancerre at 14 km and Aubigny-sur-Nere at 21 km.

Jars, France: places to visit and attractions

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



at 14 km (direction east-south-east)

The pretty village of Sancerre is best known for the famous wines of the...

See Sancerre guide


at 21 km (direction west-north-west)

It is the multi-turreted castle and the Scottish connection that explain the popularity of...

See Aubigny-sur-Nere guide


at 27 km (direction north-north-east), in the Loiret department

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

See Briare guide


at 32 km (direction north-north-east), in the Loiret department

To the east of the main Loire Valley, the view across the bridge to...

See Gien guide
La Charite-sur-Loire

La Charite-sur-Loire

at 35 km (direction east-south-east), in the Nievre department

In La Charité-sur-Loire you can visit the abbey church and other monastery buildings...

See La Charite-sur-Loire guide


at 41 km (direction south-west)

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

See Bourges guide
Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur

Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur

at 41 km (direction south-west)

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

See Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur guide
Bourges Cathedral

Bourges Cathedral

Cathedral at 41 km (direction south-west)

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

See Bourges Cathedral guide


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

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

See Guedelon guide


at 45 km (direction west-south-west)

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

See Mehun-sur-Yevre guide
Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey

Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey

Abbey at 54 km (direction north-west), in the Loiret department

Fans of romanesque architecture will appreciate the many period features in the 12th century...

See Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey guide


at 57 km (direction south-east), in the Nievre department

The ancient centre of Nevers contains several interesting monuments and houses dating from the...

See Nevers guide

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Markets in and near Jars

  • Vailly-sur-Sauldre: market Friday (7km)
  • Saint-Satur: market Thursday (14km)
  • Henrichemont: market Wednesday (16km)
  • Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire: market Wednesday & Sunday & Friday (18km)
  • Beaulieu-sur-Loire: market Wednesday (19km)
  • Aubigny-sur-Nere: market Saturday all day (21km)
  • Chatillon-sur-Loire: market Thursday (23km)
  • Briare: market Friday (29km)
  • Gien: market Wednesday & Saturday (33km)
  • Baugy: market Friday (35km)

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Tourist attractions near Jars, France

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

Heritage sites

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Notre-Dame-du-Pré (Donzy) (32km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Plaimpied-Givaudins) (47km)
  • St Aignan de Brinay (Brinay) (48km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Les Prés Fichaux (41km)
  • Potager du jardin du château de La Bussière (43km)
  • Forgeneuve (58km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Pougues-les-Eaux (48km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)


Geography and distances

Jars is in the center of France at 41 kilometres from Bourges, the department capital (general information: Jars is 164 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Jars

Canton: Vailly-sur-Sauldre

Arrondissement: Bourges

Department: Cher

Region: Loire Valley

New region: Centre-Loire Valley

Postcode: 18260

Distance to Jars

from Bourges (prefecture): 41 km

from Paris: 164 km

from Calais: 400 km

from Nice: 544 km

from Bordeaux: 379 km

from Strasbourg: 399 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 Jars from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 6 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Assigny, Le Noyer, Menetou-Ratel, Subligny, Thou and Villegenon.

This page in French: Visiter Jars