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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.

Popular places to visit nearby include Sancerre at 7 km and La Charite-sur-Loire at 28 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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

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...

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...

See La Charite-sur-Loire guide


at 28 km (direction west-north-west)

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

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...

See Gien guide


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

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

See Guedelon guide


at 40 km (direction south-west)

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

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...

See Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur guide


at 46 km (direction west-south-west)

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

See Mehun-sur-Yevre guide


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

The ancient centre of Nevers contains several interesting monuments...

See Nevers guide

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

Map of places to visit near Menetou-Ratel


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)

More information about Menetou-Ratel, Loire Valley

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

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