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Explore two of France’s Most Beautiful Villages in the Creuse Valley

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Isabelle M.
Near La Châtre
Alone - With another person - With my family - With my tribe

Nestled in the Creuse Valley, just a few kilometres from each other, Gargilesse-Dampierre and Saint-Benoît-du-Sault are listed among the Most Beautiful Villages in France. To really discover their charm, we suggest you forget any set itinerary and just let the streets lead you. Allow yourself to ‘get lost’ in their tiny lanes. The most wonderful discoveries are those you haven’t planned.

Romantic Gargilesse


Medieval Saint-Benoît-du-Sault

Breath-taking landscapes of the Painters’ Valley


After the streets of Gargilesse and Saint-Benoît-du-Sault, how about a hike along the trail of the Impressionist painters in the Creuse Valley? Follow the hiking paths which lead you to this Painters’ Valley, where a host of artists have set up their easels over the years! Climb to the Rocher de la Fileuse. Its summit overlooks the Creuse Valley and the river which winds its way between steep rock-faces. If you don’t paint, this breath-taking valley is well worth a few photographs!

You can feel time slowing down in the Creuse Valley. Enjoy a moment out of time and off the beaten track. A welcome breath of fresh air!

Our tip: Gargilesse, Saint-Benoît-du-Sault and the Creuse Valley, to get the very most out of these landscapes and secretive heritage, take the GR® de Pays Val de Creuse hiking guidebook with you!


Establishment's touring organisations
Office de Tourisme de la Vallée de la Creuse - Bureau de Gargilesse
Maison de George Sand et parc
from 8€
Interpreting centre
Maison de George Sand et parc
Historical sites and monuments
Notre-Dame Gargilesse Romanesque church
La cité médiévale de Saint-Benoît-du-Sault
Historical sites and monuments
Visite guidée de Saint-Benoît-du-Sault
Eglise et prieuré de Saint-Benoît-du-Sault
Historical sites and monuments
Eglise Saint-Benoît
Rocher de la fileuse à Saint-Plantaire PCUCEN0360011427
© Hellio et Van Ingen
Countryside heritage
Fougères and the spinner's crag
Isabelle M. Comité Régional du Tourisme Centre-Val de Loire

“Born in Orléans, I have always lived in the countryside between the Loire and the forest of Orléans. I love cycling and walking along the banks of the Loire and along the towpath by the Canal of Orléans.”

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