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Loches tourism and travel guide

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Visit Loches: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: Numerous historic monuments make the citadel in Loches a very interesting place to visit

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

Important note

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

Tourist classifications for Loches include "recommended detour", "secteur sauvegarde" and "town of art and history". It is unusual for a town to have 3 awards, which indicates how important Loches is as a tourist destination!

Popular places to visit nearby include Chateau de Chenonceau at 23 km and Amboise at 31 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Loches, 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 Loches in Centre-Loire Valley.

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



Most Beautiful Village at 16 km (direction east)

On the Indrois river, it is the quaint old town,...

See Montresor guide
Chateau de Chenonceau

Chateau de Chenonceau

Castle at 23 km (direction north-north-east)

The perfectly lovely Chateau-de-Chenonceau includes a renaissance gallery across the river...

See Chateau de Chenonceau guide


at 31 km (direction north-north-east)

Although it is the castle that attracts visitors to Amboise, you will...

See Amboise guide
Chateau de Clos Lucé at Amboise

Chateau de Clos Lucé at Amboise

Castle at 32 km (direction north-north-east)

The Chateau de Clos-Lucé was home to Leonardo da...

See Chateau de Clos Lucé at Amboise guide
Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard

Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard

Castle at 32 km (direction north-north-east)

The Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard in Amboise is...

See Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard guide
Chateau d'Amboise

Chateau d'Amboise

Castle at 32 km (direction north-north-east)

The Chateau d'Amboise is a castle with impressive gardens and...

See Chateau d'Amboise guide


at 37 km (direction north-west)

Tours is a large important town with numerous monuments,...

See Tours guide
Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters

Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters

Cathedral at 37 km (direction north-west)

The la Psalette cloister and the cathedral of Tours together make...

See Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters guide


Most Beautiful Village at 38 km (direction west)

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

See Crissay-sur-Manse guide
La Roche-Posay

La Roche-Posay

at 40 km (direction south-south-west), in the Vienne department

The castle donjon and the medieval gateway are the main historical monuments...

See La Roche-Posay guide
Chateau de Chaumont

Chateau de Chaumont

Castle at 42 km (direction north-north-east), in the Loir-et-Cher department

The small village of Chaumont-sur-Loire is dominated by the Chateau de Chaumont,...

See Chateau de Chaumont guide
Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Castle at 42 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau guide


at 42 km (direction west-north-west)

The village of Azay-le-Rideau is best known for its castle...

See Azay-le-Rideau guide
Chateau de Villandry

Chateau de Villandry

Castle at 43 km (direction west-north-west)

The rooms at Chateau de Villandry can be explored, but it...

See Chateau de Villandry guide

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

Map of places to visit near Loches


Markets in and near Loches

Market days in Loches: weekly market: Wednesday all day & Saturday;

  • Loches: market Wednesday all day & Saturday (0km)
  • Manthelan: market Thursday (15km)
  • Ligueil: market Monday (16km)
  • Cormery: market Thursday (19km)
  • Saint-Branchs: market Wednesday (20km)
  • Chatillon-sur-Indre: market Friday (21km)
  • Blere: market Tuesday (22km)
  • Esvres: market Saturday (24km)
  • Le Grand-Pressigny: market Thursday (27km)
  • Montbazon: market Tuesday (27km)

More information about Loches, Loire Valley

Tourist attractions near Loches, France

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


  • Aquarium du Val-de-Loire (30km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

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)

  • Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire (39km)
  • Veuil (40km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • ZooParc de Beauval (30km)
  • Réserve de Beaumarchais (44km)

Geography and distances

Loches is in the eastern-center of France at 37 kilometres from Tours, the department capital (general information: Loches is 217 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Loches

Canton: Loches

Arrondissement: Loches

Department: Indre-et-Loire

Region: Loire Valley

New region: Centre-Loire Valley

Postcode: 37600

Distance to Loches

from Tours (prefecture): 37 km

from Paris: 217 km

from Calais: 430 km

from Nice: 620 km

from Bordeaux: 282 km

from Strasbourg: 529 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 Loches from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 5 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Beaulieu-les-Loches, Chanceaux-Pres-Loches, Ferriere-sur-Beaulieu, Perrusson and Saint-Jean-Saint-Germain.

This page in French: Visiter Loches

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