Mardié is a commune in the Loiret department in the Center-Loire Valley region, about a dozen kilometers from Orleans.
A proximity that explains the doubling of the population of the locality since the 1970s, Mardié now counting some 2600 inhabitants.
However, bordering the Loire and crossed by a river, the Cens, the small town has preserved a framework of life and an exceptional natural environment: its territory is partially included in the perimeter of the Loire Valley classified as a World Heritage site. UNESCO and areas are protected under the Natura 2000 network due to a sensitive biological balance.
Formerly turned towards viticulture, the activity remains agricultural and artisanal even if Mardié has become residential.
In terms of historical built heritage, the Saint-Martin church, whose oldest parts date from the 12th century, is worth a visit. One notices first its bell tower high of 35 m of Romanesque style, which was restored in 2014. The whole of the church is inscribed in the inventory of the historical monuments since 2006: besides its external walls typical of the novel, Inside, one will linger in particular on the vault surmounting the choir, which rests on the asses of lamp adorned with very human and animal figures very original. A statue of St. James of the sixteenth is preserved in the church.
Another patrimonial element to include in a visit of the town, the astonishing press of the House of Irene. Dating from the eighteenth century, its mechanism with wooden wheel and screw is characteristic of the period preceding the generalization of the presses with metal screw in the nineteenth. Set in an old vineyard house next to the library, it is visible in the afternoons during school holidays on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and Wednesdays during holidays. Information on +33 2 38 91 11 70.
We can finally make a detour by the ruins of the priory of Pont-aux-Moines (it remains only a porch of the building) or the castle of La Perrière (XVIIIe).
For all that, it is the natural assets of the municipality that should be privileged during a stage.
This is the case on the banks of the Loire, where the Natura 2000 zones are located because of the presence of protected birds such as terns and egrets. In general, along the 2 km of shore, between strikes and forests, flora and fauna participate in a remarkable landscape. Below the river above it, the pretty Latingy castle (with a dovecote of the 16th century) marks the entrance to the town, but it can not be visited.
The Orléans canal which connects the Loire with the Seine also crosses the territory, and can be the object of walk. Just like the banks of Cens, a navigable river where you can also fish (license required). A family leisure park is located downstream of the Cens, after the picturesque mill of Pont-aux-Moines.
Many hiking trails are possible, on foot or by bike and mountain bike, departing or including Mardié. The opportunity to better understand the natural heritage and landscapes on the banks of the Loire. All information on +33 2 38 78 04 04.
The 3rd weekend of January, testimony of the past viticole of Mardié, the Saint Vincent is celebrated with brilliance. Ball and bonfire on Saturday evening, folk parade, friendly meal and recreational afternoon on Sunday.
The second weekend of July, in opening or extension of the ceremonies of July 14, patronal feast.
End of August, vide-loft at the leisure base of Pont-aux-Moines.