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Oudon - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Loire-Atlantique

Located in Pays de la Loire region, the commune of Oudon takes place in Loire-Atlantique, in the arrondissement of Ancenis. It is about thirty kilometers from Nantes, on the border of the department of Maine-et-Loire.

The territory of Oudon had a human occupation since the Neolithic period, before becoming a real commune in 846 during the construction of its first castle. Fief of the duchy of Brittany, the commune was a decisive site in the victory of the allies during the Second World War, in particular its bridge over the Loire making it possible to check the progress of the Germans.

Today the city is mainly oriented towards tourism, offering an important architectural heritage, as well as many natural sites to discover the time of a few walks in the streets of the old center or in the surroundings.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude47.3470520 (N 47° 20’ 49”)
Longitude-1.2841360 (W 1° 17’ 3”)
AltitudeFrom 2m to 74m
Surface area22.12 km²
Population3647 inhabitants
Density164 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureNantes (30 km, 37 min)
Insee code44115
IntercommunalityCC du Pays d'Ancenis
RegionPays de la Loire

Nearest cities & towns

Orée-d'Anjou3.9 km (8 min)
Couffé7 km (10 min)
Saint-Géréon7.5 km (9 min)
Ancenis9.4 km (13 min)
Le Cellier10.1 km (12 min)
Saint-Mars-du-Désert12.8 km (14 min)
Divatte-sur-Loire13.7 km (20 min)
Mésanger14 km (15 min)
Mauves-sur-Loire14.2 km (16 min)
Ligné14.7 km (17 min)
Mouzeil16 km (18 min)
Le Loroux-Bottereau16.9 km (24 min)
La Boissière-du-Doré17.9 km (20 min)
Saint-Julien-de-Concelles18.4 km (22 min)

Things to see and do

The medieval castle of Oudon is still represented today by a tower still standing proudly in the center. Emblem of the commune, it takes place on the right bank of the Hâvre and dates from the fourteenth century.

On the heights of the town, the ruins of Vieille-Cour represent the last vestiges of a manor house of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. You can also admire the remains of an old chaplaincy or leper hospital today converted into a private residence. One can still see the portal of the old chapel dating from the 15th century.

Some very ancient sites testify to the human occupation of the territory of Oudon since the Neolithic, like the menhir of the White Stone, entirely in white quartz, which stands among vineyards. Classified to the Historical Monuments, it would be the theater of a meeting of elves, once a year towards midnight.

Inside the commune of Oudon, several residences of character are always visible, like the Pilardière, the Greffin, the Buron, the Tertre that belonged to the sister of Jules Verne, or Omblepied, a neo-classical villa Listed in the Historical Monuments.

Lovers of outdoor activities will appreciate the end of the Loire by bike that crosses the town, or even the walks on the two banks of the Hâvre. You can also follow the course of monumental sculptures that mark a part of the city.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

The market is held every Sunday morning.

Every two years, the first half of August, Oudon organizes an international sculpture symposium during which French and foreign artists perform their works in public.

The Les Artistiques festival is held every two years in September, alternating with the sculpture symposium. It offers a competition of painting and drawing in the open air, as well as exhibitions and sales of works of art.

A Christmas market, with animations and illuminations, is organized in December.


Medieval castle Oudon - Home & Garden Tourism
Medieval castle Oudon - Home & Garden Tourism
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Tour Oudon, dungeon of a medieval castle
Tour Oudon, dungeon of a medieval castle
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Monday 25 september
Min. 12°C - Max. 21°C
Tuesday 26 september
Min. 9°C - Max. 23°C
Wednesday 27 september
Min. 11°C - Max. 25°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Nature and the great outdoors8 € to 13 € Orée-d'Anjou (9.1 km)
La Boissière du Doré Zoo
Nature and the great outdoors14 € to 19 € La Boissière-du-Doré (12.9 km)
Tour of the Château de Goulaine and the Official Museum of the lu Biscuit Factory
Culture and education9 € Haute-Goulaine (18.4 km)
Private Guided Walking Tour of Nantes – 2 hours
Culture and education47 € Nantes (25 km)
Cap Loire Discovery Park
Culture and education4 € to 6 € Mauges-sur-Loire (32 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Carquefou - Saint-Mars-la-Jaille Greenway
Cycling itineraryEasy5h00Carquefou (17.1 km)
Château du Port Mulon Park
HikeEasy50 minNort-sur-Erdre (18.6 km)
Plessis Park
HikeEasy2h00Montrevault-sur-Èvre (24 km)
Beaupréau Castle Park
HikeEasy2h00Beaupréau-en-Mauges (27 km)
Between the Loire and the hedged farmland
Cycling itineraryEasy2h00Saint-Martin-du-Fouilloux (46 km)


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