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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

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.

Saumur is situated in the Maine-et-Loire department and Pays de la Loire region, in the western-centre of France at 43 kilometres from Angers, the department capital (general information: Saumur is 254 kilometres from Paris).

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".

Popular places to visit nearby include Montsoreau at 12 km and Candes-Saint-Martin at 13 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Saumur, 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 Saumur in Pays de la Loire.

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


... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Maine-et-Loire

Map of places to visit near Saumur


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 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)

Geography and distances

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

Saumur is in the western-centre of France. 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

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