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Photo is of Briare at 14 km from Thou

Visit Thou: highlights and tourist information

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Thou is situated in the Loiret department and Centre-Loire Valley region.

Popular places to visit nearby include Briare at 14 km and Guedelon at 19 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Thou, 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 Thou in Centre-Loire Valley.

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



at 14 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Briare guide


at 19 km (direction east), in the Yonne department

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

See Guedelon guide


at 24 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Gien guide


at 28 km (direction south-south-west), in the Cher department

The pretty village of Sancerre is best known for the famous...

See Sancerre guide


at 37 km (direction west), in the Cher department

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

See Aubigny-sur-Nere guide
La Charite-sur-Loire

La Charite-sur-Loire

at 46 km (direction south-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 48 km (direction east), in the Nievre department

The Collegiale Saint-Martin is the principal monument here in the...

See Clamecy guide


at 48 km (direction north-north-west)

With more than 130 bridges across the numerous canals...

See Montargis guide
Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey

Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey

Abbey at 52 km (direction west-north-west)

Fans of romanesque architecture will appreciate the many period features...

See Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey guide


at 55 km (direction east-north-east), in the Yonne department

With its cathedral and churches, and extensive historic centre...

See Auxerre guide


at 57 km (direction north-west)

Bellegarde is a small traditional town with an atractive...

See Bellegarde guide


at 58 km (direction north-east), in the Yonne department

In the centre of the the traditional local town of Joigny you...

See Joigny guide

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

Map of places to visit near Thou


Markets in and near Thou

  • Beaulieu-sur-Loire: market Wednesday (8km)
  • Chatillon-sur-Loire: market Thursday (12km)
  • Bleneau: market Tuesday (14km)
  • Saint-Fargeau: market Friday (14km)
  • Briare: market Friday (16km)
  • Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire: market Wednesday & Sunday & Friday (19km)
  • Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye: market Wednesday (22km)
  • Vailly-sur-Sauldre: market Friday (23km)
  • Gien: market Wednesday & Saturday (24km)
  • Saint-Satur: market Thursday (27km)

More information about Thou, Loire Valley

Tourist attractions near Thou, France

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

Heritage sites

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Notre-Dame-du-Pré (Donzy) (28km)
  • Prieuré de Saint Révérien (Saint-Reverien) (61km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Potager du jardin du château de La Bussière (25km)
  • Arboretum national des Barres (31km)
  • Jardins du manoir du Grand Courtoiseau (40km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)


Geography and distances

Thou is in the western-centre of France at 83 kilometres from Orleans, the department capital (general information: Thou is 148 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Thou

Canton: Briare

Arrondissement: Montargis

Department: Loiret

Region: Loire Valley

New region: Centre-Loire Valley

Postcode: 45420

Distance to Thou

from Orleans (prefecture): 83 km

from Paris: 148 km

from Calais: 382 km

from Nice: 548 km

from Bordeaux: 406 km

from Strasbourg: 376 km

Getting here

Most visitors will either fly into one of the airports in Paris (Orly / Charles de Gaulle) or come via a ferry from the UK to a port such as Le Havre and Caen, 3-4 hours drive from here. For driving distances to Thou from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 5 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Annay, Bonny-sur-Loire, Dammarie-en-Puisaye, Faverelles and Lavau.

This page in French: Visiter Thou

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