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La Châtre

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Indre

La Châtre in Lower Berry was born from one camp to the Roman era and is known as "castra" in Acts of the 11th century archives. Each century was marked. Burned in 1152 by Louis VII, affected by the plague in 1348-1349, thriving in the following centuries around the tanneries and mills, romantic desire to the time of George Sand, she jealously guards its walls the marks of his life and prestigious Millennium .

Step gourmet, food lovers will enjoy the cake with potatoes, ham, salted, pâté, Easter citrouillat Berry and caprice.

Spilimbergo, city of Friuli in Italy, famous for its school of mosaics, is twinned with the city Castraise since 1980.

Geographical information

MunicipalityLa Châtre
Tourism labels
Latitude46.5818320 (N 46° 34’ 55”)
Longitude1.9861650 (E 1° 59’ 10”)
AltitudeFrom 198m to 263m
Surface area6.06 km²
Population4389 inhabitants
Density724 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureChâteauroux (24 mi, 44 min)
Insee code36046
IntercommunalityCC de la Châtre et Sainte-Sévère
RegionCentre-Loire Valley

Nearest cities & towns

Montgivray1.9 mi (7 min)
Le Magny2 mi (6 min)
Lacs2.2 mi (7 min)
Briantes3.4 mi (9 min)
Lourouer-Saint-Laurent3.7 mi (8 min)
Chassignolles4.5 mi (10 min)
Nohant-Vic5 mi (9 min)
Montlevicq5.2 mi (13 min)
Saint-Chartier5.5 mi (10 min)
Sarzay5.7 mi (11 min)
Thevet-Saint-Julien5.9 mi (10 min)
Pouligny-Saint-Martin6 mi (12 min)
Fougerolles6.6 mi (11 min)
La Motte-Feuilly6.8 mi (11 min)
Champillet7.1 mi (12 min)

Things to see and do

At the turn of the picturesque neighborhoods of the P'tit mur, the visitor discovers a preserved architectural heritage: George Sand Museum and the Black Valley, wooden houses, ancient tanneries, mansions, medieval bridge, Italian theater, former convent of Carmelites... You can find the history of the city through its walls and streets in the leaflet "Historic Trail" available at the Tourist Office of La Châtre.

City and crafts, La Châtre brings together a wide range of craftsmanship: a training center for the restoration of heritage in Berry (stone cutting and sculpture), cabinetry section, restoration of antique furniture at the vocational school, luthier (factor of old), wrought ironworkers, stained glass maker, leatherworker, manufacturer of artistic cement tiles, painter...

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres

Events and festivities

The market of La Châtre takes place on the market square on Saturday morning, all year long.

The city receives many events during the year:

Temporary exhibitions at the Hotel de Villaines and the Château d'Ars.

"One hour, one piece" conferences, at the George Sand Museum and the Black Valley: every last Saturday of the month at 11.30am.

Fair exhibition: in April.

Theatrical season at the Maurice Sand Theater: September to May.

Festival of traditional music Continuous sound: around July 14th.

Classical Music Festival: Nohant, Chopin Festival after July 14th.

Christmas market...


Thursday 20 april
Min. 11°C - Max. 22°C
Friday 21 april
Min. 8°C - Max. 24°C
Saturday 22 april
Min. 10°C - Max. 23°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

If George Sand is ubiquitous whether through the street names of La Châtre (or its museum, closed in 2018) or in the vicinity (his house in Nohant), where we discover the sites described in his novels as the mill from Angibault to Montipouret, the Mare au diable in Mers-sur-Indre, the fortress of Sarzay, the castle of Petit Coudray in Verneuil-sur-Igneraie, the park of Parelles to Crevant... Do not forget Jacques Tati, famous filmmaker, who turned "Jour de Fête", and the opening of the scenovision "Maison de Jour de Fête" retracing the history of shooting in 1947 in Sainte-Sévère.

Not to be missed during your stay in the region: the village of Lys-Saint-Georges, the House of Traditions in Chassignolles, the Basilica of Neuvy-Saint-Sepulcher, the Abbey of Varennes in Fougerolles, the Church of St. Martin in Vic (12th century frescoes), the Saint-Laurent church in Lourouer-Saint-Laurent (frescoes)...

Nohant Festival in June and July.


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Lamy Wood Circuit
HikeEasy3h00Moutier-Malcard (13.2 mi)
Voueize Gorges
HikeEasy2h00Chambon-sur-Voueize (34 mi)
Tour of Hérisson’s medieval town
Village visitEasy1h00Hérisson (35 mi)


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