Charité-sur-Loire has a convent dating fom the 11th Century which can be visited. A graceful bridge crosses the Loire here which was the first stone bridge built to cross the river in the 16th Century. The Town Museum has exhibits from the history of the area and also local craft work. Charité-sur-Loire is often called the „Town of Books“ as there are many printers and bookbinders to be found here.
In the old town of Clamecy you should visit the convent church of St-Martin which has an impressive facade in flambouyant style. Whilst in the area it is interesting to follow the Route de Flotteurs de Bois who used to navigate large rafts of logs tied together down the river. The Route has explanatory panels illustrating the life and works of the rafters. The Château-Chinon is completely preserved but more modern touches are given by the Fontaine du Mairie, a truly colourful Pop-Art fountain in front of the Town Hall.
Population: 221 500 (2006)
Main towns: Nevers, Clamecy, Château-Chinon