Classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, La Charité sur Loire was an important stop on the pilgrimage route of Saint Jacques de Compostelle. L'église Notre Dame, (the church) is an absolutely magnificent example of Roman architecture and should not be missed.
L'église Notre Dame, the amparts, the Pont de Pierre (the bridge) over the and the historic quarters of this town
La Charité sur Loire was named Ville du Livre (town of the book) in 2000 and boasts a number of well known figures from the world of literature living here.
The market is held on Saturday mornings at Place de l'hôtel de Ville
From the end of June ot the end of August the pool is open next to Camping de la Saulaie, approx 2 kms from the canal
Opening Hours: From 10.00 to 20.00 every day
Office de Tourisme, 5 Place Sainte-Croix, 58401 La Charité sur Loire. Tél: 03.86.70.15.06. Website: www.lacharitesurloire-tourisme.com
This museums displays objects found in and aorund the Eglise Saint Laurent, and ancient books.
Location: Rue des Chapelains, 58 400 La Charité sur Loire, Tel. 03 86 70 34 83
Opening Hours: Open in July and august every days except Tuesday.
The town organises many events during hte year: Festival du Mot in June, Festival de Piano 14th -19th July 2008, Festival de Cordes du 9th - 16th August 2008 and the Festival de Blues, which will be held on 29th and 30th Aug 2008 août. The book Fair is geld in the spring, and there is an annual fair - Foire au Livres Anciens et Vieux Papiers (old books and papers) on 20th July 2008 and the Nuit du Livre on 2nd August 2008.
Le Bourgogne, situated approximately 2.5 kms from the canal.
Address: 36 rue Général Auger, 58400 La Charité sur Loire
Atmosphere: Warm and welcoming atmosphere
Cuisine: Gastronomical cooking souorced from local products
Contact Details: Tel. 03 86 70 13 06
Restaurant La Poule Noire, situated approximately 3 kms from the canal in the heart of the old town. The owner will be happy to take you back to your boat after dinner, once he's finished the night's service.
Address: 9 Place des Pêcheurs, 58400 La Charité Sur Loire
Atmosphere: A traditional restaurant in a historic setting with a lovely terrace.
Cuisine: Locally sourced and seasonal cooking refelcting the region's heritage. A la carte + fixed menus from €15 to €35
Speciality: Friture de Loire and Glace au Crottin de Chavignol
Opening Hours: Closed Wednesdays except in June, July and August.
Contact Details: Tél. 03 86 70 10 71
Hôtel Restaurant Le Bon Laboureur, situated on one of the islands in the Loire river, approximately 2.5 kms from the canal.
Address: Quai Romain Mollot, 58400 La Charité sur Loire
Atmosphere: An old staging post for the post service
Cuisine: local cooking a la carte and menus from €18 €26
Speciality: Coq au vin, veal and fish from the Loire
Opening Hours: Closed Sunday evening and all day Monday
Contact Details: Tel. 03 86 70 22 85, Website: www.lebonlaboureur.com
Supermarché Spar, in the dntre of town, approx 4kms from the canal. Groceries and fresh products
Place du Général de Gaulle, 58400 La Charité sur Loire. Tel. 03 86 70 14 62
Opening Hours: Closed Sunday afternoons
Intermarché, approximately 4 kms from the canal
Plantes des Religieuses, 58400 La Charité sur Loire. Tel. 03 86 70 28 62
There is a good range of shops in the town centre.
You can moor at the Halte de La Chapelle Montlinard, which is a quay with bollards, approximately 2.5 kms from La Charité sur Loire, free of charge.
Cabinet Médical, 21 rue des Ecoles, 58400 La Charité-sur-Loire, Tel. 03 86 70 06 52
Pierre Debut, 20 rue Sainte Anne, 58400 La Charité-sur-Loire, Tel. 03 86 70 08 83
Pharmacie Rey, 10 Place des Pêcheurs, 58400 La Charité-sur-Loire, Tel. 03 86 70 16 01
Taxi Charitois, Tel. 03 86 69 60 60
You can access the internet at the tourist office