Don’t forget to take some delicious croquets and lichous home with you (almond biscuits). Sporting enthusiasts can make the most of the proximity of the River Loire by cycling beside it along the Loire à Vélo route or kayaking down it. There is also a golf course on the banks of the Loire with views across the vines.
Outside the town centre lie two emblematic hamlets : Chavignol well-known for its Crottin goat’s cheese and the Garnier-Delaporte gallery of contemporary art and Amigny, a wine-growing village with typical narrow streets. Further upstream along the Loire and its Canal Latéral, stop off at the Maison de Loire du Cher, a centre devoted to the River Loire and its environment which aims to promote awareness of the river. Further south, go for a walk in the Réserve Naturelle du Val de Loire, a national nature reserve of 1,454 hectares which protects 19km of the Loire. Other attractions include the Romantic-style Jardin de Pesselières (garden) at Jalognes, the Tour de Vesvre at Neuvy-deux-Clochers, a fortified manor house dating back to the Middle Ages, and the Grange Pyramidale de Vailly-sur-Sauldre, a curiosity and object of local heritage conservation.
"What I like doing in Sancerre, is to stroll through the streets and watch the sun setting over the most beautiful vines in the world, or go walking among the vines along one of the many footpaths, remembering to take my ruck sack and a Crottin de Chavignol goat’s cheese".
To get to Sancerre, allow 2¼ hours from Paris via A77 or 3¾ hours from Lyon via N7, then A77.