The Loire in Burgundy

Last wild river in Europe

Wine routes, fishing, hiking/riding and nature exploration... From the hillside vineyards of Pouilly, to its confluence with the Allier, as far as the Bourbon-Lancy and Digoin areas, the river Loire has something for everyone. Why not follow its meandering course and visit the towns of artistic interest and the traditional boroughs through which it flows?

Outstanding natural setting

At the Bec d'Allier the waters of two wild rivers flow together over the upstream banks of the Loire. It's a paradise for salmon, migrating birds and a wealth of delicate plants.

Choose one or more peaceful activities and uncover the secrets of this unspoilt environment. On foot, in a canoe or 'gabare' (traditional river boat), trips organised by the Guides de Loire will introduce you to this very diverse natural setting.

At Pouilly, the Pavillon du Milieu de Loire visitor centre is the place to find out all about the islets and meanders of the Val-de-Loire nature reserve. You will come away with a better understanding of the Loire's environmental importance and see its nature trails through new eyes, before finding out about local wine-growing at the Tour du Pouilly fumé.

History and nature join forces...

Good food and wine, hydrotherapy and heritage can all be found at Bourbon-Lancy. From the hilltop above this charming town there are fine views over the Loire valley and Bourbonnais plain. Mad about fishing? The étang de Fleury has pike, carp and white fish.

Did you know that the first of the Châteaux of the Loire is in Nevers? You can tour the Ducal palace then float above the river in a hot-air balloon. Cyclists may care to spin along the Loire on the Euro Vélo 6 route!

Travel back in time and, like Santiago de Compostella pilgrims of old, cross the long humpback bridge at Charité-sur-Loire, a UNESCO World Heritage site with its towering Cluniac church.

Read and Relax on the banks of the Loire

Relax and enjoy this lovely setting between the old abbey and calm waters of the Loire. Browse the second-hand bookshops and take part in major literary events: the Festival du Mot in spring, the Nuit du Livre in August...Why not sunbathe on the beach at La Charité-sur-Loire?

Office de Tourisme La Charité-sur-Loire, Bertranges, Val de Nièvres
5, place Sainte-Croix - 58400 - LA CHARITE-SUR-LOIRE -
03 86 70 15 06
03 86 70 15 06
Office de Tourisme Nevers Agglomération
PALAIS DUCAL - BP 818 - 58000 - NEVERS -
03 86 68 46 00
03 86 68 46 00
03 86 68 46 00
Office de Tourisme de Pouilly-sur-Loire
30, rue Waldeck Rousseau - 58150 - POUILLY-SUR-LOIRE -
03 86 24 04 70
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    Laissez un guide vous conter le fleuve et la rivière... A partir de Nevers, plusieurs thématiques de randonnée sont possibles. Association L.O.I.R.E. Base de Nevers Quai Eduens 58000 Nevers
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