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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Allier

Saulcet - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Allier

Saulcet is a small town of 798 ha in area traversed by county roads : RD 1 " Montet Road", RD 415 " Route de Verneuil," RD 115 " Berchère Road" and bordered by the RD 46 " Montmarault Road " and RD2009 " Mills Road ". To facilitate the intervention of emergency, the numbering of streets was set up in 2003.

Saulcet strives to maintain village life despite the proximity of Saint-Pourçain. The last restaurant, Chez Lucien, was bought in 2003 by the town, which did not disappear the ultimate place to live. In December 2003, Chez Lucien became The Four Seasons, a restaurant and bar which is now part of good restaurants in the region.

Saulcet is the most common wine of the Holy Pourcinois country with six independent winegrowers and two cooperators. Renowned for its wines, the town might become for its water, if the source of Bellecour, uncovered by Nyffenegger family, manages to overcome administrative barriers. The bottling plant would be at Jalfrettes and common benefit of the tax cap.

Spread on the hillside, crossed by footpaths, the village is popular : increased population of 624-668 inhabitants between 1999 and 2014, probably due to the proximity of Saint-Pourçain and its watershed activities but also the central position midway between Moulins and Vichy Saulcet, employment areas also.

The buildings have extended the town and large villages - Berchère, The Quail, Pénaud and Venteuil. Their sanitation is a major investment for the town, now closed folder with the initiation of the last resorts to Venteuil appointed in 2009 and Pénaud in 2012. The town now has to devote to the maintenance of the existing network and extensions network related to urbanization.

The layout of the old rectory, Common property was completed in December 2011 with the complete renovation of the building in the town hall on the ground floor and rental accommodation on the 1st and 2nd floor.

Saulcet is part of an educational group with Bransat and Verneuil-en-Bourbonnais formalized by the creation of a union called SIVOP which manages the school and whose business office is located in the town hall of Bransat. Saulcet has two classes currently running forty children divided into CP, CE1 and CE2. A Bransat are two kindergarten classes with Small, Medium and Large Sections, All the Small Sections or children 2 years old are welcomed subject to the workforce. Verneuil-en-Bourbonnais has only one class hosting CM1 and CM2. The SIVOP set up an after-school day care on the premises of the Verneuil school, it is a reception center without paid hosting checked and approved by the Departmental Directorate of Social Cohesion and Protection of the population and Family Allowances Fund. This service allows parents whose professional activities have a large amplitude schedule drop the kids at 7am and remove up to 19h.

Geographical information

Latitude46.3257600 (N 46° 19’ 33”)
Longitude3.2615340 (E 3° 15’ 42”)
AltitudeFrom 230m to 326m
Surface area7.98 km²
Population732 inhabitants
Density91 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureMoulins (31 km, 31 min)
Insee code03267
IntercommunalityCC Saint-Pourçain Sioule Limagne
TerritoryAuvergne, Bourbonnais, Massif Central

Nearest cities & towns

Verneuil-en-Bourbonnais2.5 km (4 min)
Louchy-Montfand3.1 km (5 min)
Bransat3.4 km (6 min)
Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule3.9 km (6 min)
Montord5.5 km (9 min)
Contigny6.7 km (10 min)
Cesset7.9 km (10 min)
Chareil-Cintrat8.2 km (13 min)
Monétay-sur-Allier8.3 km (9 min)
Laféline9.1 km (9 min)
Loriges10.2 km (13 min)
Meillard10.6 km (15 min)
Châtel-de-Neuvre11 km (11 min)
Le Theil11.3 km (12 min)

Things to see and do

The church of Saint-Julien Saulcet is a Romanesque building from the 12th century. When the church, a jewel of the local heritage, needs heavy restoration of its stone tower and its roof, the proposal from the DRAC ( Regional Cultural Affairs) in 2004 to do a full restore is a bargain. 5% remain the responsibility of the municipality. This building is topped by an imposing spire of 30 meters and 60 tons of sandstone Bourbonnais, octagonal section, which dates from the 14th century, perched on a stump itself octagonal equipped with blind sounds. Successive restorations have added on the front wooden porch of the 17th century, formerly caquetoire because people met there to talk. Rich in precious frescoes dating from the 13th century in the apses and later as Gothic eras in the nave and aisles, the church is one of the centers of attraction Saulcet with the crystal and the Four Winds cellars.

Places of interest


Events and festivities

Saulcet suburb of Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule, could just be a dormitory town, but it is animated by an intense community activity : many adherents Saulcet Gym, two football teams, a committee of celebrations that continues the tradition of the election of the queen, with Saulcet Heritage, an association for the development and restoration of the Saint-Julien church of cycle tourists, hunters, lovers of antique vehicles, a club third age, etc.

The holiday season and Saulcet Gym Committee combine each year to organize the traditional flea - empty attic that takes place in the streets of the borough Saulcet 1st Sunday of June, information Hall +33 4 70 45 34 56.


The Saint-Julien de Saulcet church in Allier
The Saint-Julien de Saulcet church in Allier
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Saulcet Bourg numbed by winter in December 2014
Saulcet Bourg numbed by winter in December 2014
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Tuesday 19 january
Min. -3°C - Max. 10°C
Wednesday 20 january
Min. 3°C - Max. 14°C
Thursday 21 january
Min. 8°C - Max. 12°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Relaxation at a spa and wellness centre
Well-being9 € to 18 € Montmarault (23 km)
Electric bike hire
Sports sensations20 € Abrest (28 km)
See carthorses at work
Culture and education4 € to 10 € Le Mayet-de-Montagne (41 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Between meadows, vineyards and castles
HikeEasy3h00Besson (16.2 km)
Tower Ormet to Valignat to Veauce
HikeEasy1h30Valignat (23 km)
Crapa fitness trail
HikeIntermediate40 minBellerive-sur-Allier (24 km)
Around the lake
Village visitEasy1h00Servant (33 km)
Château Rocher
HikeIntermediate1h30Saint-Rémy-de-Blot (38 km)


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