Valencay travel guide

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Visit Valencay (Centre-Loire Valley, France)

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Valencay is located to the east of Tours and north of Chateauroux. The town is of course best known for the Chateau de Valencay, which attracts many visitors each year and is a highlight in the Loire region, but Valencay has more to offer than the castle, and it is recommended that you take the time to visit the town itself.

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Within the village the principal buildings are the Town Hall, an unremarkable 19th century building, and the Wheat Hall where wheat was traditionally traded and also built in the 19th century.

An impressive car museum in the town is the Musee de l'Automobile de Valencay. The museum holds a wide selection of about 60 old cars, many pre-war and in good condition and all of which apparently still work, collected by a local family over the past century).

You can also visit the Museum of Art with Sugar (Musee du Sucre d'Art) which features various artistic creations made pretty much entirely from sugar.

The town pays homage to Talleyrand, the revolutionary period politician who was maire of Valencay in the 1830's, with a guided tour indicating buildings of interest that relate to Talleyrand - those he had constructed etc. such as the town hall and the Maison de Charité (see Valencay tourist office for full details of the route). His tomb is also in the town


On the road leaving Valencay to the north-west you can see the imposing Memorial de Valencay, a monument in steel that pays homage to the British Secret Service agents killed while helping the French resistance during the Second World War.

The monument has an intersting design with one side light to represent the final victory, one side dark to represent the nighttime arrival of the sgents, and a large white disc that represents the moon, often important in making nighttime activity possible. There is also a list of the 104 agents who were killed.

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Fishing is a popular activity on the quiet banks of the River Nahon to the south-east of the town centre, with a permit costing around 10 euros a day.

While visiting be sure to enjoy the local produce. Valencay is home to an appelation controlée wine, and also to an appelation controlée cheese (called Le Valencay), which is a delicious goats cheese. It is of course imperative that you enjoy both when in the town.

You can find more travel ideas in the Indre guide and the Loire Valley guide.

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Chateau de Valencay

Chateau de Valencay

The renaissance style castle and formal gardens make the Chateau de Valencay among the most interesting in the Loire

Chateau de Valencay guide


On the Indrois river, it is the quaint old town, the castle and the collegiale church that will be the focus of your visit to the pretty village of Montresor

Montresor guide
Chateau de Cheverny

Chateau de Cheverny

Cheverny Castle is perhaps the most opulently furnished of the Loire castles, and also has very lovely gardens

Chateau de Cheverny guide


There are few important monuments here in Issoudun, but we enjoyed a stroll around the old town near the 'White Tower'

Issoudun guide


A little remote from the main tourist routes, Chateauroux is quite a sprawling town but has some sites of interest in its historic centre

Chateauroux guide
Chateau de Chenonceau

Chateau de Chenonceau

The perfectly lovely Chateau-de-Chenonceau includes a renaissance gallery across the river and gardens designed by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis

Chateau de Chenonceau guide

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Tourist classifications for Valencay

Valencay is classified as a recommended detour town (plus beau detour)

Address: Valençay, Châteauroux, Loire Valley, 36600, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 47.1614, longitude 1.56694

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Veuil: ville fleurie 4* (6 km)
  • Bouges-le-Chateau Castle: national monument (16 km)
  • Jardin du château de Bouges: remarkable garden (16 km)
  • ZooParc de Beauval: zoo or wildlife park (19 km)
  • Vatan: village d'etape (21 km)
  • Montresor: most beautiful village (27 km)
  • Fougeres-sur-Bievre Chateau: national monument (36 km)
  • Issoudun: ville fleurie 4* (40 km)
  • Chateauroux: ville fleurie 4* (41 km)
  • Parc et jardins du château de Chenonceau: remarkable garden (42 km)
  • St Aignan de Brinay (Brinay): religious monument (42 km)
  • Loches: recommended detour (43 km)

Market days in Valencay, France

Regular market(s) are held in Valencay each Tuesday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

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