Sancerre tourism and travel guide

Photo of Sancerre in Cher

Visit Sancerre: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: The pretty village of Sancerre is best known for the famous wines of the same name produced nearby - and to be samlped in the village!

Important note

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

Sancerre is situated in the Cher department and Loire Valley region (now part of the Centre-Loire Valley region), in the center of France at 43 kilometres from Bourges, the department capital (general information: Sancerre is 173 kilometres from Paris).

Tourist classifications for Sancerre include "recommended detour".

Popular places to visit nearby include Aubigny-sur-Nere at 35 km and Briare at 35 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Sancerre, 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 Sancerre in Centre-Loire Valley.

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


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

Map of places to visit near Sancerre

Markets in and near Sancerre

  • Saint-Satur: market Thursday (2km)
  • Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire: market Wednesday & Sunday & Friday (11km)
  • Vailly-sur-Sauldre: market Friday (20km)
  • Henrichemont: market Wednesday (23km)
  • Beaulieu-sur-Loire: market Wednesday (24km)
  • Baugy: market Friday (29km)
  • Chatillon-sur-Loire: market Thursday (30km)
  • Aubigny-sur-Nere: market Saturday all day (35km)
  • Briare: market Friday (37km)
  • Saint-Fargeau: market Friday (39km)

More information about Sancerre, Loire Valley

Tourist attractions near Sancerre, France

Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Sancerre.

Heritage sites

National Monuments

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Notre-Dame-du-Pré (Donzy) (21km)
  • Eglise de Saint André (Jussy-Champagne) (41km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Plaimpied-Givaudins) (47km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Les Prés Fichaux (43km)
  • Forgeneuve (45km)

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 (35km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)


Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Sancerre

Canton: Sancerre

Arrondissement: Bourges

Department: Cher

Region: Loire Valley

New region: Centre-Loire Valley

Postcode: 18300

Distance to Sancerre

from Bourges (prefecture): 43 km

from Paris: 173 km

from Calais: 409 km

from Nice: 531 km

from Bordeaux: 382 km

from Strasbourg: 392 km

Getting here

Sancerre is in the center of France. 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 Sancerre from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 9 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Bue, Menetreol-sous-Sancerre, Saint-Bouize, Saint-Satur, Sury-en-Vaux, Thauvenay, Tracy-sur-Loire, Verdigny and Vinon.

This page in French: Visiter Sancerre