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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Nièvre

At the crossroads of the Loire and Nohain, Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire occupies a privileged position since the Gallo-Roman era. A place of passage between streams and wooded forests, the Celtic invaders were not mistaken: this elbow on the right bank of the Loire was a suitable place to settle and live peacefully without missing anything. The village grew over the centuries but did not really take off until the 17th century with the Manufacture of the Forges of the Chaussade providing the Royal Navy with anchor and equipment. The rise of agriculture and of the earthenware factory completes this economic surge. It was in 1833 that the first bridge over the Loire was erected. But it is in 1959 that the suspension bridge makes its appearance and Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire sees its magnitude tenfold. Today, it is the second city of the Nièvre.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude47.4122200 (N 47° 24’ 44”)
Longitude2.9275000 (E 2° 55’ 39”)
AltitudeFrom 138m to 252m
Surface area53.30 km²
Population10916 inhabitants
Density204 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureNevers (62 km, 43 min)
Insee code58086
IntercommunalityCC Loire et Nohain
TerritoryBurgundy, Nivernais

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Père3.5 km (7 min)
Myennes5 km (9 min)
Boulleret5.4 km (8 min)
Bannay5.9 km (10 min)
La Celle-sur-Loire7.7 km (10 min)
Pougny7.7 km (11 min)
Saint-Martin-sur-Nohain8.5 km (14 min)
Saint-Loup8.6 km (11 min)
Sainte-Gemme-en-Sancerrois10 km (16 min)
Léré10.5 km (14 min)
Saint-Quentin-sur-Nohain11.6 km (18 min)
Savigny-en-Sancerre11.8 km (17 min)
Alligny-Cosne11.8 km (13 min)
Saint-Satur12.1 km (16 min)
Sury-en-Vaux12.3 km (19 min)

Things to see and do

Culture is central to the activity of this city. Very dynamic, the town offers many shows throughout the year and puts in place initiatives enabling everyone to get closer to the culture in all its forms. Beginning with the Artist Residences! A popular event that allows creators to get closer to the city's residents and share their art. The Jazz-Club des Palais combines international jazz concerts with wine tasting from local producers. Occasional events, often during the summer season, such as Garçon, La Note or Guinguette Sévigné, offer diverse and high-quality cultural activities to an ever-increasing number of visitors.

You can also enjoy your stay to visit the museum of the Loire dedicated to this waterway, but not only. You can also discover works by painters. And speaking of the Loire, its shores offer you many circuits to go on foot or by VTT for an unforgettable moment of excursion.

But the Loire also allows to practice water sports for enthusiasts of the genre or for those who want to discover this practice. Canoe or kayak, it is up to you to choose your boat to discover the city otherwise by sailing on the waves of the Loire. On the mainland you can also go karting or play bowling. To discover the city and its surroundings, choose a funny means of locomotion: the cyclorail. It is by traveling along the railway lines aboard this craft that you will enjoy the scenery.

The historical and architectural heritage will amaze you. You can not miss the church of Agnan built between 1060 and the beginning of the 12th century, the episcopal palace dating from 1206 and listed in the supplementary inventory of Historic Monuments, Augustins which houses the Loire Museum, the Saint-Jacques church, listed as a Historic Monument, with a particularly remarkable organ, the site of the Forges de la Chaussade, the walls of the Old Castle and the Renaissance Chapel House.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites

Events and festivities

The Easter Tournament is the occasion for parties with no less than 80 soccer teams. An appointment not to be missed for lovers of the genre.

On July 14, the Ronde Cosnoise brings together the riders for an exceptional urban course. Three races are on the program with different levels of difficulty.

Also on 14 July, the Grand Prix of the City sees the cyclists on the road in a frantic race.

In February, the Winter in the attic warms the scene. This theater festival is for everyone.

In March, the Spring Concert announces the beautiful season.

In May, the feast of the Loire invites you to discover the sailors of yesteryear.

May is also the month of the Book Fair. Discover authors with sharp pen or approach your idols.

In October, the Automnal des Arts fair presents exhibitions of paintings, sculpture and various representative arts.

In November, the Cinema Festival marks the arrival of the cold season by offering you to warm up in the dark rooms.

In December, it is the Christmas market which takes place while waiting for Santa Claus.


Monday 23 october
Min. 8°C - Max. 14°C
Tuesday 24 october
Min. 12°C - Max. 20°C
Wednesday 25 october
Min. 9°C - Max. 23°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit the remarkable garden of Corbelin
Culture and education5 € La Chapelle-Saint-André (31 km)
Guided tour of the seven locks
Culture and education50 € Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses (37 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Cultural tour around Entrains-sur-Nohain
Car itineraryEasy6h00Entrains-sur-Nohain (25 km)
Tour of Bléneau
Village visitEasy1h30Bléneau (32 km)
Champlemy - Nolay
HikeIntermediate6h00Champlemy (35 km)
Circuit of the Three Valleys
Mountain bike itineraryIntermediate4h00Varzy (35 km)
The Canal
HikeIntermediate2h15Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses (38 km)


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