Loir-et-Cher places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Loir-et-Cher department of Loire Valley. See also our Loir-et-Cher travel guide

photo of Blois


The town of Blois, with its castle, cathedral, extensive historic centre and other monuments is one of our favourite Loire Valleyt towns
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photo of Chateau de Blois

Chateau de Blois

One of the most impressive of the Loire castles, the Chateau de Blois is best known for its double helix renaissance staircase
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photo of Chateau de Chambord

Chateau de Chambord

The largest castle in the Loire Valley, Chateau de Chambord exceeds all expectations with its grandeur - despite being built as a hunting lodge and rarely occupied!
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photo of Chateau de Chaumont

Chateau de Chaumont

The small village of Chaumont-sur-Loire is dominated by the Chateau de Chaumont, one of the largest Loire Valley castles and with a famous annual International Garden Festival
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photo of Chateau de Cheverny

Chateau de Cheverny

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


With a river and ancient bridge below and an ancient castle above Lavardin, it is an exceptionally pretty little village
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photo of Vendome


Now listed as a 'town of art and history', Vendome retains many monuments from its active past despite extensive wartime damage
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For more information see the Loir-et-Cher guide

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Market towns & days in Loir-et-Cher

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Blois: Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday
Bracieux: Thursday
Cellettes: Thursday
Chailles: Saturday
Chambon-sur-Cisse: Saturday
Chatres-sur-Cher: Tuesday
Contres: Friday
Cormeray: Tuesday
Droue: Tuesday
Gievres: Tuesday
Herbault: Monday
Huisseau-sur-Cosson: Wednesday
Lamotte-Beuvron: Friday
Langon: Friday
Les Montils: Saturday
Marchenoir: Tuesday
Mennetou-sur-Cher: Thursday
Mer: Monday
Mondoubleau: Saturday & Monday all day
Monthou-sur-Cher: Wednesday
Montlivault: Tuesday
Montoire-sur-le-Loir: Saturday
Montrichard: Friday
Neung-sur-Beuvron: Saturday
Nouan-le-Fuzelier: Wednesday
Noyers-sur-Cher: Sunday
Oucques: Wednesday
Ouzouer-le-Marche: Friday
Pezou: Thursday
Pontlevoy: Thursday
Romorantin-Lanthenay: Wednesday all day & Saturday & Friday
Saint-Aignan: Saturday all day
Saint-Claude-de-Diray: Tuesday & Friday
Saint-Gervais-la-Foret: Friday
Saint-Laurent-Nouan: Friday
Saint-Ouen: Wednesday
Salbris: Thursday & Saturday
Savigny-sur-Braye: Tuesday
Selles-sur-Cher: Thursday all day
Souday: Wednesday

Tourist attractions to visit in Loir-et-Cher

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Zoo or wildlife park

ZooParc de Beauval

4* Towns in Bloom

Blois: See tourist guide


Vendome: See tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Blois: See tourist guide

Vendome: See tourist guide

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Blois: See tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Domaine régional de Chaumont-sur-Loire

Jardin du château de Talcy

Jardin du domaine de Sasnières

Parc du château de Beauregard

Roseraie des terrasses de l’évêché

National Monuments

Fougeres-sur-Bievre Chateau

Talcy Chateau

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Lavardin: See tourist guide