Saumur tourism and travel guide

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Visit Saumur: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: The town of Saumur, in the shadow of the famous castle, is a lovely historic town along the banks of the Loire River

Saumur is situated in the Maine-et-Loire department and Pays de la Loire region.

Important note

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

Attractions in Saumur

The Chateau de Saumur stands in an impressive location with views across the Loire river: Chateau de Saumur

Tourist classifications for Saumur include "secteur sauvegarde".

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Saumur in Pays de la Loire.

Popular places to visit nearby include Montsoreau at 12 km and Candes-Saint-Martin at 13 km.

Saumur, France: places to visit and attractions

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

Chateau de Saumur

Chateau de Saumur

Castle less than one km (direction east)

The Chateau de Saumur stands in an impressive location with views across the Loire...

See Chateau de Saumur guide
Montsoreau

Montsoreau

Most Beautiful Village at 12 km (direction east-south-east)

Montsoreau, listed as a 'most beautiful villages in France', also has an interesting troglodyte...

See Montsoreau guide
Candes-Saint-Martin

Candes-Saint-Martin

Most Beautiful Village at 13 km (direction east-south-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

In the village of Candes-Saint-Martin, a 'most beautiful village in France', you can see...

See Candes-Saint-Martin guide
Candes-Saint-Martin collegiate church

Candes-Saint-Martin collegiate church

Church at 13 km (direction east-south-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

The collegiate church of Candes-Saint-Martin has numerous medieval statues incorporated in the facade and...

See Candes-Saint-Martin collegiate church guide
 
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Fontevraud Abbey

Fontevraud Abbey

Abbey at 13 km (direction east-south-east)

The Fontevraud Abbey has a great deal to see: it is one of the...

See Fontevraud Abbey guide
Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay

Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay

Castle at 15 km (direction south-south-west)

The Château de Montreuil-Bellay is an impressive 15th century castle surrouned by medieval ramparts...

See Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay guide
Chinon

Chinon

at 25 km (direction east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

As well as the castle, Chinon has a very impressive medieval centre to explore...

See Chinon guide
Chateau de Chinon

Chateau de Chinon

Castle at 26 km (direction east-south-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

Château de Chinon retains more medieval elements than most Loire Valley castles...

See Chateau de Chinon guide
Chateau d\'Ussé

Chateau d'Ussé

Castle at 28 km (direction east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

The imposing Chateau d'Usse, next to the Loire, is an imposing medieval-renaissance castle surrounded...

See Chateau d'Ussé guide
Aubigne-sur-Layon

Aubigne-sur-Layon

at 29 km (direction west)

The small village of Aubigne-sur-Layon is very pretty, especially in late spring and summer...

See Aubigne-sur-Layon guide
Bauge

Bauge

at 32 km (direction west)

Bauge is a small traditional town with a small castle - and a very...

See Bauge guide
Thouars

Thouars

at 33 km (direction south-south-west), in the Deux-Sevres department

Best known for its 17th century castle, in Thouars you can also see several...

See Thouars guide
Chateau de Brissac

Chateau de Brissac

Castle at 34 km (direction west-north-west)

The Chateau de Brissac is the tallest castle in France, has more than 200...

See Chateau de Brissac guide
Chateau du Rivau

Chateau du Rivau

Castle at 35 km (direction east-south-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

One of the more modest castles in the region, both the Chateau de Rivau...

See Chateau du Rivau guide

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Markets in and near Saumur

Market days in Saumur: weekly market: Wednesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday;

  • Saumur: market Wednesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday (0km)
  • Montsoreau: market Sunday (11km)
  • Longue-Jumelles: market Thursday (14km)
  • Montreuil-Bellay: market Tuesday (15km)
  • Doue-la-Fontaine: market Monday (16km)
  • Bourgueil: market Tuesday & Saturday (19km)
  • Avoine: market Friday (21km)
  • Beaufort-en-Vallee: market Wednesday (23km)
  • Chinon: market Thursday all day & Sunday (27km)
  • Brissac-Quince: market Thursday (30km)

More information about Saumur, Pays de la Loire

Tourist attractions near Saumur, France

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

Aquarium

  • Aquarium de Loudun (30km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Montreuil-Bellay (15km)
  • Loudun (30km)

Regional Natural Parcs

Churches and religious monuments

Remarkable gardens

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Île Saint-Aubin (45km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Doué-la-Fontaine (18km)
 
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Geography and distances

Saumur is in the western-centre of France at 43 kilometres from Angers, the department capital (general information: Saumur is 254 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Saumur

Canton: Saumur

Arrondissement: Saumur

Department: Maine-et-Loire

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 49400

Distance to Saumur

from Angers (prefecture): 43 km

from Paris: 254 km

from Calais: 434 km

from Nice: 696 km

from Bordeaux: 272 km

from Strasbourg: 602 km

Getting here

Most visitors arrive in a car from one of the ferry terminals - Saint Malo and Caen are most practical, allow around 3-4 hours for the journey. For driving distances to Saumur from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 7 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Chace, Chenehutte-Treves-Cunault, Distre, Rou-Marson, Souzay-Champigny, Varrains and Villebernier.

This page in French: Visiter Saumur