Sancerre tourism and travel guide

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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!

Sancerre is situated in the Cher department and Centre-Loire Valley region.

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.

Tourist classifications for Sancerre include "recommended detour".

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Sancerre in Centre-Loire Valley.

Popular places to visit nearby include Aubigny-sur-Nere at 35 km and Briare at 35 km.

Sancerre, France: places to visit and attractions

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

La Charite-sur-Loire

La Charite-sur-Loire

at 22 km (direction 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 35 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Aubigny-sur-Nere guide


at 35 km (direction north-north-west), in the Loiret department

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

See Briare guide


at 37 km (direction north-east), in the Yonne department

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

See Guedelon guide


at 42 km (direction north-north-west), in the Loiret department

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

See Gien guide
Bourges Cathedral

Bourges Cathedral

Cathedral at 43 km (direction west-south-west)

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

See Bourges Cathedral guide


at 43 km (direction west-south-west)

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

See Bourges guide
Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur

Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur

at 43 km (direction west-south-west)

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

See Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur guide


at 44 km (direction south-east), in the Nievre department

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

See Nevers guide


at 51 km (direction west-south-west)

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

See Mehun-sur-Yevre guide


Most Beautiful Village at 51 km (direction south-south-east)

The story of the renewal of Apremont-sur-Allier is fascinating, and leads us...

See Apremont-sur-Allier guide

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

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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

What to do at Sancerre? 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

Sancerre is in the center of France at 43 kilometres from Bourges, the department capital (general information: Sancerre is 173 kilometres from Paris).

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

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