Watertravel & Waterside Destinations The bridge across the Loire at Nevers

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Nevers, Central France

Nevers has spread out and modernized significantly over the centuries, but its old town is still a good place for an unhurried walking tour.

Interior and exteriorof the Cathédrale St. Cyr et Ste. Juliette, Nevers In particular, we enjoyed the old perimeter fortifications, the Cathédrale Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte de Nevers, the Porte du Croux fortress and other ancient structures. Among them is the Palais Ducal, one of the oldest châteaux in Central France, located close to the cathrédrale.

Of course, for many, especially the Catholic faithful, a visit to the St. Gildard Convent to pay homage to St. Bernadette is the main reason to visit Nevers (which also is a stop on one of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela).

Although the mercurial Loire is too unruly for the large cruising barges, smaller boats can usually navigate the river. It is, therefore, possible to travel to Nevers by water if you are in a self-drive boat with a sufficiently shallow draft.

The barges stick to the Canal Latéral à la Loire, which is not far from Nevers. At the point where the canal crosses the Allier River, there is a spur which heads toward Apremont-sur-Allier, ending within walking distance of that old village.

Palais Ducal, one of the oldest châteaux in Central France

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