This stretch of the Loire Valley runs from the exit point for Orléans, to Cléry Saint André and then on to Saint Dyé sur Loire, near Blois and Chambord. In addition to visiting charming villages such as Meung sur Loire or Beaugency, visitors can also enjoy the many outdoor activities offered by the surroundings.
Cléry Saint André (45370)
At 10 kilometers from Orleans, the charming village of Clery Saint André, with its medieval and Renaissance houses, is dominated by the impressive Basilica. Many outdoor activities can be done in the area (hiking along the Loire and the vineyards ... ). Located on the pilgrimage route to Saint Jacques de Compostela, the village hosted many pilgrims. You will notice in particular the building of the Tourist Office ("La Belle Autruche"), the town hall building ("Les Trois Rois") or that of the current school of music ("La Fleur de Lys").
74 Rue du Maréchal Foch, 45370 Cléry Saint André
Website - tel : 02 38 45 94 33.
October through March : Wednesday and Friday : 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. /2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
April, May, June and September : Tuesday and Thursday : 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. ; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday : 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. / 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
July and August : Tuesday to Saturday : 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. / 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. ; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Tourist Office offers tours "Walking around the Basilica" or "Wine Route of Orléans".
Notre Dame Basilica
Open daily : 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Visits by appointment : vault and Louis XI oratory, spiral staircase and the Saint Jacques Chapel.
An audio tour lasting 30 minutes is available at the Tourist Office (free in exchange for an identification card) .
The Notre Dame Basilica of Clery was built in the 15th century in the heart of the village in a Gothic style. An important place of pilgrimage on the route to Saint Jacques de Compostela, it owes its magnificence to the Valois dynasty and especially King Louis XI, who even chose to be buried here.
Though it was built in the 15th century, the history of the basilica dates back to 1280, when a statue of the Virgin was discovered by farmers around the site. The place was quickly attributed miraculous powers. The news spread and the number of pilgrims forced Philip IV and then Philippe VI de Valois to build a large church worthy of the miracles recorded there. This first building would be destroyed during the Hundred Years War by the British. Louis XI decided to rebuild the building. And on December 21st, 1467, the collegiate church became a royal chapel. Abandoning the royal tradition that kings were buried in Saint Denis, Louis XI was buried here on September 7th, 1483. The chapel of Saint Jacques was built in the early 16th century for pilgrims on the route to Compostela.
It was not until 1894 that the church receives the honorary title of basilica from Pope Leo XIII.
Not to miss: the Saint Jacques Chapel from the 16th century, the tomb of Louis XI and the spiral staircase.
In the municipality of Cléry-Saint-André and its surroundings, vintners welcome visitors in their cellars to discover the wines within this AOC, a protected origin area. A list of vintners is available from the Tourist Office.
Events in Clery Saint André
Village market (the second Sunday in September)
For the event of the pilgrimage to Notre Dame, which is traditionally held the Sunday after September 8th, the village market invites you to discover and taste local produce and crafts. Artisans, shopkeepers, local producers, antiques market and fairground entertainment is planned.
Grape harvest festival of Mareau-aux-Prés (1st Sunday in October)
In honor of its wine business, the town celebrates the year’s grape harvest.
Apple Fair in Cléry-Saint-André (3rd weekend in October)
Traders, artisans, farmers and vintners offer their products. Fairground, antiques and sporting events.