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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Loir-et-Cher

Villefranche-sur-Cher - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Loir-et-Cher

This town, situated on an ancient Roman road connecting Tours to Bourges and the Orléans - Chateauroux, has been developed in the 19th century through the creation of Canal de Berry. This leak allowed the transport of goods between the Nivernais and Touraine (wood, materials, cereals ...). Since the closure of the channel, it became a place for walking and fishing.

Geographical information

Latitude47.2934259 (N 47° 17’ 36”)
Longitude1.7713970 (E 1° 46’ 17”)
AltitudeFrom 82m to 123m
Surface area27.23 km²
Population2815 inhabitants
Density103 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureBlois (50 km, 57 min)
Insee code41280
IntercommunalityCC du Romorantinais et du Monestois
TerritoryLoire Valley, Orléanais
RegionCentre-Loire Valley

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Julien-sur-Cher1.7 km (3 min)
La Chapelle-Montmartin4.5 km (8 min)
Langon4.5 km (5 min)
Saint-Loup7.3 km (9 min)
Mennetou-sur-Cher7.9 km (8 min)
Romorantin-Lanthenay8.4 km (12 min)
Gièvres8.4 km (9 min)
Pruniers-en-Sologne10.8 km (10 min)
Châtres-sur-Cher10.8 km (11 min)
Chabris10.9 km (12 min)
Dun-le-Poëlier11.7 km (12 min)
Villeherviers12.1 km (15 min)
Maray12.3 km (14 min)
Thénioux12.8 km (13 min)

Things to see and do

There are still some monuments to the past of the town. Its 12th century church which was built by the Hospitallers - the latter had a commander near the remains of which are unfortunately not visited. There is also the Templar house one can admire the facade on the main street. There were also many tile manufacturer of colored tiles, decorative designs which can be traced on the roofs and facades of many houses.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

Each year, the first Sunday of July, a large flea market located on the church square, leads the center of the town.

On 13 July, fireworks on the banks of the Cher.


Church Villefranche-sur-Cher
Church Villefranche-sur-Cher
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Templar House
Templar House
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Canal de Berry
Canal de Berry
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Friday 20 october
Min. 10°C - Max. 18°C
Saturday 21 october
Min. 8°C - Max. 17°C
Sunday 22 october
Min. 7°C - Max. 15°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Nearby Mennetou-sur-Cher is a medieval city well preserved (guided tours in summer), which comes alive every two years (in July) during the Medieval Festival.

Very near Romorantin, museum, old houses ... Later, the castle of Moulin, the castles of Valen (that of Talleyrand), Saint-Aignan, Chémery ...

You can also have a great day at the Zoo of Beauval, near Saint-Aignan, which presents in a green variety of animals from all parts of the world.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Hot air balloon flight over the Loire Valley
Nature and the great outdoors150 € to 700 € Cheverny (32 km)
Visit the gingerbread house
Local flavoursFreeFaverolles-sur-Cher (44 km)
Poaching Museum
Culture and education3 € to 5 € Chaon (46 km)
Bicycle hire with picnic opportunity
Nature and the great outdoors17 € to 28 € Blois (47 km)
Introduction to Piloting an Ultralight Aircraft & Flight over the Châteaux of the Loire Valley
Sports sensations200 € Chouzy-sur-Cisse (47 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Medieval town of Mennetou-sur-Cher
Village visitEasy2h00Mennetou-sur-Cher (7.8 km)
From Pouillé to Montrichard along the Cher River
Cycling itineraryEasy2h30Pouillé (36 km)


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