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Loiret places to visit and attractions
Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Loiret department of Loire Valley. See also our Loiret travel guide
Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres
The arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres is a fabulous arboretum and garden near Orleans
A small town on the banks of the Loire River, Beaugency squeezes a remarkable number of interesting sights in a small space!
Bellegarde is a small traditional town with an atractive moated castle in the centre
With the Loire River and the Canal de Briare crossing in the centre of Briare it is not surprising that water based activities are important here
Cathedral of Sainte-Croix, Orleans
The carvings and grandeur of the western facade are the highlight of the 17th century cathedral in Orleans
Chateau de Chamerolles
The chateau de Chamerolles is an attractive chateau with a pretty Renaissance garden
To the east of the main Loire Valley, the view across the bridge to the castle and town of Gien is very atractive
The Hotel Groslot is a beautiful mansion close to the cathedral in Orleans.
Les Jardins de Roquelin
The Jardins de Roquelin is a pretty rose garden in the Loire Valley.
Meung sur Loire is a pretty medieval village near Orleans.
With more than 130 bridges across the numerous canals and rivers in Montargis, it is the scenery along these waterways that is the highlight here
The large town of Orleans has a great deal to recommend it: a famous cathedral, an extensive old town, a riverside promenade, and some lovely gardens nearby
Parc Floral de la Source, Orleans
The Parc Floral de la Source is an extensive park to the south of Orleans that includes the source of the Loiret river
Fans of romanesque architecture will appreciate the many period features in the 12th century Abbey of Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire
The walk along the Rimarden river, the traditional charm and the ruined castle all contributed to Yevre-le-Chatel being listed as a 'most beautiful village in France'
For more information see the Loiret guide
Market towns & days in Loiret
all markets in morning unless otherwise stated
Beaugency: Saturday all day
Chateauneuf-sur-Loire: Friday all day
Fleury-les-Aubrais: Tuesday & Sunday
Gien: Wednesday & Saturday
La Ferte-Saint-Aubin: Thursday
Montargis: Wednesday & Saturday all day
Orleans: every day except Monday
Pithiviers: Saturday all day
Sully-sur-Loire: Monday all day
Tourist attractions to visit in Loiret
The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...
4* Towns in Bloom
Briare: Tourist guide
Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'
Arboretum des grandes bruyères
Arboretum national des Barres
Jardins du manoir du Grand Courtoiseau
Parc Floral de la Source: Tourist guide
Potager du jardin du château de La Bussière
Abbaye de Saint Benoît sur Loire (Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey): Tourist guide
Eglise de Notre Dame (Boiscommun)