Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule travel guide

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Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule is a small town located in south-central Allier, in the Auvergne region of central France.

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Although it is quite a quiet town, there are a couple of places of interest that deserve your attention in Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule when you are in the region. Start your visit at the Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule tourist office at 29 rue Marcellin Berthelot.

The principal sites include an old town, with a 15th century watchtower later converted into a clocktower, and the nearby church of Saint-Croix, also with a belltower and combining both roman and gothic elements in its design, and containing some interesting 15th century decorative elements - it is these two towers that dominate the skyline of Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule, and also act as the symbol of the town.

Medieval houses in Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule

The Church of Saint-Croix dates in part from the 11th century, although it was much modified later, and has a statue of Saint-Pourcain set in a recess in the facade.

In the centre of the old town you can also stroll through the site of the original abbey buildings and cloisters. Reached via a passageway, although the cloisters themselves no longer exist there are sufficient traces of the original abbey buildings (next to the church) to evoke their history.


The benedictine courtyard also contains the Wine museum in a 15th century church building (the 'Maison du Baillage').

There is a nice view of the town from the 17th century bridge across the river.

A large market is held in St-Pourcain-sur-Sioule on a Saturday morning, just off the broad boulevard 'below' the old town, where cafes etc can also be found.

Street with arcades in town centre

Attractions nearby

There is an accrobranche park (ropes and activities in the forest) close to the town at Parc Aventure les Perches where you can enjoy an adventure in the tree tops!

To the south-west of Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule you will enjoy a visit to the village of Charroux, classified among the 'most beautiful villages of France'.

Explore elsewhere in the Massif Central. You can find more travel ideas in the Allier guide and the Auvergne guide.

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Address: Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule, Moulins, Auvergne, 3500, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 46.308333, longitude 3.29

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Chareil-Cintrat Chateau: national monument (7 km)
  • Charroux: most beautiful village (17 km)
  • Vichy: ville fleurie 4* (23 km)
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  • Lapalisse: recommended detour (28 km)
  • Moulins: town of art and history (29 km)
  • Forêt des Colettes: site of natural beauty (29 km)
  • Parc du domaine royal de Randan: remarkable garden (33 km)
  • Parc d'Attractions et Animalier (PAL): zoo or wildlife park (34 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Georges (Bourbon-l'Archambault): religious monument (35 km)
  • Le PAL: theme park (38 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Ygrande): religious monument (39 km)

Market days in Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule, France

Regular market(s) are held in Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule each Wednesday & Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule (Francais)