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Mézières-en-Brenne

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Indre

Historic capital of the Brenne, Mézières-en-Brenne is a commune in the Indre department. It lies at the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Brenne, about forty kilometers from Chateauroux. The city owes its name to the Latin meaning Maceria Old stones. Indeed, the origin of Mézières-en-Brenne is a tenth century castle which was once the home of the Dukes of Anjou. You can still see old houses from the era of the Middle Ages today.

Quiet and relaxing, the town enjoys a pleasant setting and a most interesting architectural heritage. In the middle of the old stones, we discover a rich and exciting history where medieval and modern times meddle. The gourmets will also enjoy one of the local specialties, the famous cheese Valençay. Mézières-en-Brenne is in effect in the milk production zone, production and refining of food.

Geographical information

MunicipalityMézières-en-Brenne
Postcode36290
Tourism label
Latitude46.8197690 (N 46° 49’ 11”)
Longitude1.2089300 (E 1° 12’ 32”)
AltitudeFrom 84m to 138m
Surface area57.57 km²
Population1099 inhabitants
Density19 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureChâteauroux (39 km, 38 min)
Insee code36123
IntercommunalityCC Coeur de Brenne
DepartmentIndre
RegionBerry

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Michel-en-Brenne4.3 km (6 min)
Paulnay6.1 km (7 min)
Saulnay7.8 km (10 min)
Villiers7.9 km (7 min)
Sainte-Gemme11 km (12 min)
Arpheuilles11.7 km (14 min)
Azay-le-Ferron12.1 km (11 min)
Murs12.2 km (15 min)
Lingé12.5 km (12 min)
Vendoeuvres12.6 km (12 min)
Rosnay14.8 km (14 min)
Clion15.6 km (17 min)
Migné15.7 km (15 min)
Lureuil15.9 km (16 min)

Things to see and do

Of medieval origin, the town of Mézières-en-Brenne still has some beautiful vestiges of this time through beautiful monuments.

First Church classified historic monument of the department, St. Mary Magdalene Church was built in the early fourteenth century. It houses a beautiful porch decorated, colorful stained glass windows and the fourteenth century, and Benedictine stalls and a beautiful chapel called the Dukes of Anjou. This collegiate church, built by the great-niece of St. Louis, Alix de Brabant, is purely Gothic.

There are only two towers of the castle originally from the town of Mézières-en-Brenne. The latter, which stand proudly in the town, now houses the local history museum and the house of fish farming. In the latter, it is possible to admire the aquariums with different fish species that inhabit the Brenne and videos showing the breeding of carp or pond fishing. The museum, meanwhile, to discover antique dungeon, as well as presentations on the forges or reproductions of the old racecourse.

In the city, walking around, you can still see old medieval houses that bear witness to the antiquity of the site.

The Regional Natural Park of Brenne is an opportunity to make walks or hikes to discover the local fauna and flora. The house of the park gives many indications and details of the routes and local residents. The municipality of Mézières-en-Brenne is also crossed by the famous hiking Thousand Lakes, a hiking trail countries to discover the Berry.

Places of interest

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Leisure centres
Monuments
Natural sites

Events and festivities

Mézières-en-Brenne does not lack dynamism with regular events highlighting the historical heritage of the city.

Mézières-en-Brenne The weekly market is held every Thursday morning from 8 to 13h.

Every Sunday after Shrove Tuesday, the town of Mézières-en-Brenne is the origin of the fair Fish and Pyshki. On this occasion, fish dishes are sold to wine tasting, the brotherhood of croqueux of scalded inducts new members, and various gastronomic competitions are open.

Every last weekend in July, the total Mézières-en-Brenne hosts art festival, Arts Buissonniers. Participants include artists from all over France and abroad, to present unique performance.

In collaboration with Martizay, the library offers Mézières-en-Brenne in October his tales festival, The key in the bag. Workshops, activities and lectures for younger and their parents are proposed.

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Dolus-le-Sec Wind Turbine
Village visitEasy30 minDolus-le-Sec (45 km)
From Pouillé to Montrichard along the Cher River
Cycling itineraryEasy2h30Pouillé (56 km)
Nouâtre/Noyers
HikeEasy1h30Nouâtre (56 km)

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