Sancerre is a small city located in the Cher department in the Centre region. It is 312 metres above sea level and offers a unique view of its renowned vineyards and of the banks of the Loire River. From this hilltop explore the beautiful countryside on a bike on predefined routes or go hiking along the Randoland circuit, a fun circuit for children allowing them to see the beautiful landscapes of the region.
Similarly, the Fil d’Ariane is a walking tour to follow in the small town to discover the most representative historic buildings.
A more original way to explore is the “Cyclorail”, which offers the best views of the town with a picnic area near the beginning of the path.Historical monuments to discover
The Pesselières Castle and its park will dazzle you with its facades, its beautiful trees and its hedge maze.
The Fiefs Tower will offer you a breathtaking view over the city. This is the only remaining tower of this 14th century castle, built at that time by Jean III, Count of Sancerre. Today it belongs to the Lapostolle family.For history buffs, the Saint-Jean Belfry or Tower is listed as a historic monument since 1913 and remains a monument full of history to discover.
Good cheese and wines to enjoy
Sancerre is also known for its cheese and wines. You can visit the vineyards of Sancerre by bus, which allows you to discover the entire extended area of fourteen communes. The legends say that the vines have always been present in Sancerre. Nowadays they are spread over nearly 2,800 hectares of rolling hills and are renowned for their two varieties: Sauvignon Blanc which has a fresh, fine and fruity flavour and Pinot Noir known for its singular and pronounced aroma.
If you want to discover more about these grape varieties and go to wine tastings, you will be warmly welcomed by the region’s winegrowers who will be delighted to share their passion. You could end your visit at the Maison des Sancerre, which offers a final unique panorama over all the vineyards.
Discovering the Crottin de Chavignol
Chavignol is a small village not far from Sancerre and famous for its cylindrical goat's cheese made from raw milk. Granted the AOC «controlled designation of origin" label since 1976, this cheese comes in several forms: semidry, bluish, blue or “repassé” (matured blue cheese), you are bound to find one to your liking.