Vallenay tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Culan at 26 km from Vallenay

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

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Culan at 26 km and Bourges Cathedral at 33 km.

Vallenay, France: places to visit and attractions

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



at 26 km (direction south)

The castle at Culan is one of the most interesting in the quiet Cher...

See Culan guide
Bourges Cathedral

Bourges Cathedral

Cathedral at 33 km (direction south)

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

See Bourges Cathedral guide


at 33 km (direction south)

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

See Bourges guide
Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur

Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur

at 33 km (direction south)

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

See Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur guide


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

Take a stroll through the grounds of the castle here in the quiet town...

See Saint-Chartier guide


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

There are few important monuments here in Issoudun, but we enjoyed a stroll around...

See Issoudun guide


at 35 km (direction west-south-west), in the Indre department

The 18th century French manor house where George Sand lived is the main attraction...

See Nohant-Vic guide
La Chatre

La Chatre

at 37 km (direction west-south-west), in the Indre department

La Chatre is a small town and quick to explore - before setting off...

See La Chatre guide


at 40 km (direction south-east), in the Allier department

The ruined castle and the historic centre along the banks of the Aumance river...

See Herisson guide


at 42 km (direction north-north-west)

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

See Mehun-sur-Yevre guide


at 52 km (direction south-south-east), in the Allier department

Periods of prosperity in the 12th, 15th and 19th centuries have each contributed monuments...

See Montlucon guide
La Charite-sur-Loire

La Charite-sur-Loire

at 66 km (direction east-north-east), in the Nievre department

In La Charité-sur-Loire you can visit the abbey church and other monastery buildings...

See La Charite-sur-Loire guide

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Markets in and near Vallenay

  • Saint-Amand-Montrond: market Wednesday & Saturday (12km)
  • Lignieres: market Monday (15km)
  • Dun-sur-Auron: market Saturday (19km)
  • Saint-Florent-sur-Cher: market Friday & (25km)
  • Chateaumeillant: market Friday (28km)
  • Bourges: market Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday & Friday (34km)
  • Issoudun: market Saturday all day (34km)
  • Reuilly: market Friday (42km)
  • Mehun-sur-Yevre: market Wednesday (42km)
  • Sancoins: market Wednesday (42km)

More information about Vallenay, Loire Valley

Tourist attractions near Vallenay, France

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

Heritage sites

  • Neuvy-Saint-Sépulchre collegiale St Etienne (monuments on French pilgrim routes) (48km)

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye de La Celle (La Celle) (6km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Ineuil) (6km)
  • Abbaye Notre Dame de Noirlac et Saint Etienne Prieuré (Bruere-Allichamps) (8km)
  • Collegiale Saint Etienne (Dun-sur-Auron) (19km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Georges (Saint-Jeanvrin) (23km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Plaimpied-Givaudins) (25km)
  • Eglise de Saint Germain (Blet) (30km)
  • Eglise de Saint André (Jussy-Champagne) (31km)
  • St Aignan de Brinay (Brinay) (47km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Les jardins artistiques de Drulon (15km)
  • Jardins du prieuré Notre-Dame-d'Orsan (20km)
  • Les Prés Fichaux (33km)
  • Jardin du domaine de George Sand (35km)
  • Jardins du château d'Ainay-le-Vieil (43km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Foret de Troncais (31km)

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Vatan (53km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Saint-Amand-Montrond (12km)
  • Issoudun (34km)

Geography and distances

Vallenay is in the center of France at 33 kilometres from Bourges, the department capital (general information: Vallenay is 230 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Vallenay

Canton: Châteauneuf-sur-Cher

Arrondissement: Saint-Amand-Montrond

Department: Cher

Region: Loire Valley

New region: Centre-Loire Valley

Postcode: 18190

Distance to Vallenay

from Bourges (prefecture): 33 km

from Paris: 230 km

from Calais: 465 km

from Nice: 514 km

from Bordeaux: 315 km

from Strasbourg: 449 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 Vallenay from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 9 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Bruere-Allichamps, Chambon, Crezancay-sur-Cher, Farges-Allichamps, La Celle, Nozieres, Saint-Loup-Des-Chaumes, Saint-Symphorien and Venesmes.

This page in French: Visiter Vallenay