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Lerne tourism and travel guide

Photo of Lerne in Indre-et-Loire

Photo is of Fontevraud Abbey at 8 km from Lerne

Visit Lerne: highlights and tourist information

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Lerne is situated in the Indre-et-Loire department and Centre-Loire Valley region.

Popular places to visit nearby include Fontevraud Abbey at 8 km and Candes-Saint-Martin collegiate church at 9 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Lerne, 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 Lerne in Centre-Loire Valley.

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

Fontevraud Abbey

Fontevraud Abbey

Abbey at 8 km (direction west-north-west), in the Maine-et-Loire department

The Fontevraud Abbey has a great deal to see: it is...

See Fontevraud Abbey guide
Candes-Saint-Martin collegiate church

Candes-Saint-Martin collegiate church

Church at 9 km (direction north-north-west)

The collegiate church of Candes-Saint-Martin has numerous medieval statues incorporated...

See Candes-Saint-Martin collegiate church guide


Most Beautiful Village at 9 km (direction north-north-west)

In the village of Candes-Saint-Martin, a 'most beautiful village in France',...

See Candes-Saint-Martin guide
Chateau de Chinon

Chateau de Chinon

Castle at 9 km (direction east-north-east)

Château de Chinon retains more medieval elements than most Loire...

See Chateau de Chinon guide


Most Beautiful Village at 10 km (direction north-west), in the Maine-et-Loire department

Montsoreau, listed as a 'most beautiful villages in France', also has...

See Montsoreau guide


at 11 km (direction east-north-east)

As well as the castle, Chinon has a very impressive...

See Chinon guide
Chateau du Rivau

Chateau du Rivau

Castle at 16 km (direction east)

One of the more modest castles in the region, both the Chateau...

See Chateau du Rivau guide
Chateau d'Ussé

Chateau d'Ussé

Castle at 18 km (direction north-east)

The imposing Chateau d'Usse, next to the Loire, is...

See Chateau d'Ussé guide
Chateau de Saumur

Chateau de Saumur

Castle at 20 km (direction west-north-west), in the Maine-et-Loire department

The Chateau de Saumur stands in an impressive location with...

See Chateau de Saumur guide


at 20 km (direction east)

Tavant is a small village but a visit to se...

See Tavant guide


at 20 km (direction west-north-west), in the Maine-et-Loire department

The town of Saumur, in the shadow of the famous castle, is...

See Saumur guide
Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay

Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay

Castle at 21 km (direction west), in the Maine-et-Loire department

The Château de Montreuil-Bellay is an impressive 15th century castle...

See Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay guide


Most Beautiful Village at 28 km (direction east)

Explore the lovely stone houses and narrow streets in...

See Crissay-sur-Manse guide
Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Castle at 29 km (direction east-north-east)

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

See Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Indre-et-Loire

Map of places to visit near Lerne


Markets in and near Lerne

  • Avoine: market Friday (9km)
  • Montsoreau: market Sunday (10km)
  • Chinon: market Thursday all day & Sunday (11km)
  • Loudun: market Tuesday (14km)
  • Bourgueil: market Tuesday & Saturday (16km)
  • Saumur: market Wednesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday (20km)
  • Richelieu: market Monday & Friday (20km)
  • Montreuil-Bellay: market Tuesday (21km)
  • Azay-le-Rideau: market Wednesday & Saturday (30km)
  • Langeais: market Sunday (30km)

More information about Lerne, Loire Valley

Tourist attractions near Lerne, France

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


  • Aquarium de Loudun (14km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Loudun (14km)
  • Montreuil-Bellay (21km)

Regional Natural Parcs

Churches and religious monuments

Remarkable gardens

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Doué-la-Fontaine (32km)

Geography and distances

Lerne is in the eastern-center of France at 52 kilometres from Tours, the department capital (general information: Lerne is 253 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Lerne

Canton: Chinon

Arrondissement: Chinon

Department: Indre-et-Loire

Region: Loire Valley

New region: Centre-Loire Valley

Postcode: 37500

Distance to Lerne

from Tours (prefecture): 52 km

from Paris: 253 km

from Calais: 442 km

from Nice: 676 km

from Bordeaux: 261 km

from Strasbourg: 591 km

Getting here

Most visitors arrive in one of the cross-channel ports such as Caen and Le Havre (about 3-4 hours drive from here) or fly into Paris and drive south from there. For driving distances to Lerne from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 10 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Beuxes, Bournand, Cinais, Couziers, Fontevraud l'Abbaye, La Roche-Clermault, Roiffe, Seuilly, Thizay and Vezieres.

This page in French: Visiter Lerne

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