A well-known park that is almost 40 years old and one of the Berry Hidden Gardens, it was built on ancient meadows and quarries. Carefully crafted over the years, the park is now an absolute must see, with countless rare trees, flowers, archways made entirely of trees, an actual waterfall, and many little buildings to make it unique and memorable, such as a Chinese pagoda, a Russian gazebo and a Turkish pavilion. It is open all year and dogs are welcome.
Apremont-sur-Allier castle can also be found nearby, now a museum home to 19th century carriages that belonged to the former owners of the castle, as well as prestigious exhibitions each year. English and Spanish are spoken on-site.
Tel: (+33) 2 48 77 55 00.
There are no less than four vineyards in Cher that produce wines that have earned the AOC label – proof of quality and authenticity. The Sancerre, Quincy, Menetou-Salon and Chateaumeillant vineyards are renowned for the quality of their wine, and they open their doors – as well as that of their wine cellars! - to the public, for people to discover the secrets behind wine production.
Not only that, they also organize visits and little trips for people to learn more about Berry, the local producers, and discover local food to best go with their wine.
Apart from the Apremont-sur-Allier floral park, you can also find in Cher the Ainay-le-Vieil, Drulon, Notre-Dame-d’Orsan and Pesselieres gardens. All unique, all cultivated by their owners and open to the public, they are part of the vast heritage of Berry Province, just as much as the famous vineyards and castles are.
Open from March to November for Drulon and Ainay-le-Vieil, and April to October for Pesselieres and Notre-Dame-d’Orsan, prices range from 5 to 10€.
Tel: (+33) 2 48 56 65 96 – Drulon
(+33) 2 48 63 50 03 – Ainay-le-Vieil
(+33) 2 48 56 27 50 – Notre-Dame-d’Orsan
(+33) 2 48 72 90 49 – Pesselieres
The Loire is the biggest river in France. More than 1000km long, going from the mountains in the south-east of the country all the way to the Atlantic Ocean, Berry Province flirts with the Loire River at every turn. And what better way to discover the largest river in France than to take a canoe trip on it, or, if you don’t feel like braving its waters, by biking alongside its banks on the Loire a Velo trail.
Tel: (+33) 2 48 78 00 34 – Guide for canoeing on the Loire River
With countless lakes and ponds all over the department, fishermen, casual and confirmed alike, will be able to enjoy a great day of fishing. Many species of fish can be found, such as carp, trout, zander or pike. There are a total of 24 fishing courses across Berry Province specifically put into place to appeal to fishermen. See details with local Tourist Agencies.
Known for the quality of its clay and sandstone, Cher is home to many artists and craftsmen who have refined their craft over the years, and from June to October, many are happy to welcome tourists and show them what they do and how they do it. They can be found all over Berry Province, in villages big and small. See with local Tourist Agencies for details.