Menetou-Ratel tourism and travel guide

Photo of Menetou-Ratel in Cher

Photo is of Sancerre at 7 km from Menetou-Ratel

Visit Menetou-Ratel: highlights and tourist information

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Menetou-Ratel 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 Menetou-Ratel in Centre-Loire Valley.

Popular places to visit nearby include Sancerre at 7 km and La Charite-sur-Loire at 28 km.

Menetou-Ratel, France: places to visit and attractions

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



at 7 km (direction east-south-east)

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

See Sancerre guide
La Charite-sur-Loire

La Charite-sur-Loire

at 28 km (direction east-south-east), in the Nievre department

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

See La Charite-sur-Loire guide


at 28 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Aubigny-sur-Nere guide


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

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

See Briare guide


at 38 km (direction north-north-west), in the Loiret department

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

See Gien guide


at 40 km (direction east-north-east), in the Yonne department

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

See Guedelon guide


at 40 km (direction south-west)

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

See Bourges guide
Bourges Cathedral

Bourges Cathedral

Cathedral at 40 km (direction south-west)

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

See Bourges Cathedral guide
Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur

Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur

at 40 km (direction south-west)

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

See Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur guide


at 46 km (direction west-south-west)

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

See Mehun-sur-Yevre guide


at 50 km (direction south-east), in the Nievre department

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

See Nevers guide

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

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Markets in and near Menetou-Ratel

  • Saint-Satur: market Thursday (8km)
  • Vailly-sur-Sauldre: market Friday (14km)
  • Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire: market Wednesday & Sunday & Friday (15km)
  • Henrichemont: market Wednesday (18km)
  • Beaulieu-sur-Loire: market Wednesday (22km)
  • Chatillon-sur-Loire: market Thursday (27km)
  • Aubigny-sur-Nere: market Saturday all day (28km)
  • Baugy: market Friday (30km)
  • Briare: market Friday (33km)
  • Gien: market Wednesday & Saturday (38km)

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Tourist attractions near Menetou-Ratel, France

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

Heritage sites

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Notre-Dame-du-Pré (Donzy) (27km)
  • Eglise de Saint André (Jussy-Champagne) (41km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Plaimpied-Givaudins) (45km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Les Prés Fichaux (40km)
  • Forgeneuve (51km)

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 (41km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)


Geography and distances

Menetou-Ratel is in the center of France at 40 kilometres from Bourges, the department capital (general information: Menetou-Ratel is 170 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Menetou-Ratel

Canton: Sancerre

Arrondissement: Bourges

Department: Cher

Region: Loire Valley

New region: Centre-Loire Valley

Postcode: 18300

Distance to Menetou-Ratel

from Bourges (prefecture): 40 km

from Paris: 170 km

from Calais: 405 km

from Nice: 537 km

from Bordeaux: 379 km

from Strasbourg: 396 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 Menetou-Ratel from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 10 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Bue, Crezancy-en-Sancerre, Jars, Le Noyer, Neuilly-en-Sancerre, Sainte-Gemme-en-Sancerrois, Sens-Beaujeu, Subligny, Sury-en-Vaux and Verdigny.

This page in French: Visiter Menetou-Ratel