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Mer

Town, village, neighbourhood in Mer
  • Nestled in the heart of the Loire Valley, between Blois (25 km) and Amboise (14 km), 12 km from the A10 freeway and 2 hours from Paris, Mesland is on the tourist route of châteaux from Chambord to Chenonceau and 5 km from Chaumont-sur-Loire and its famous gardens.
    Mesland is a thousand-year-old village, founded by the monks of the Marmoutiers Abbey near Tours, who builtIn the 12th century, they built the Romanesque church famous for its 27-bearded portal, and cleared the forest to plant...
    Nestled in the heart of the Loire Valley, between Blois (25 km) and Amboise (14 km), 12 km from the A10 freeway and 2 hours from Paris, Mesland is on the tourist route of châteaux from Chambord to Chenonceau and 5 km from Chaumont-sur-Loire and its famous gardens.
    Mesland is a thousand-year-old village, founded by the monks of the Marmoutiers Abbey near Tours, who builtIn the 12th century, they built the Romanesque church famous for its 27-bearded portal, and cleared the forest to plant vines.
    Today, the vineyards within the Touraine-Mesland Appellation, d'Origine Contrôlée since 1955, produce renowned wines to be tasted and savoured by Mesland winegrowers.
    Wine, then...and water too: crossed by the Petite Cisse, Mesland boasts numerous springs, including the one at the foot of the village, which has been converted into a communal washhouse.
    It's a village steeped in history, offering visitors the chance to discover its renowned architectural heritage as they stroll through its narrow streets, and the variety of its landscapes as they explore the many hiking trails, on foot or by bike, or even on horseback!
    Mesland is also a welcoming, authentic and natural village, where it's good to live and relax, staying at the 5* Parc du Val de Loire campsite or in one of the many gîtes and chambres d'hôtes.Mer, 30 minutes from Orléans, 20 minutes from BLOIS, served by the A10 motorway and the RD 2152, and with its own train station, is the largest town in the Beauce Val de Loire Communauté de communes.
    Mer is at the heart of the Loire Valley, with its many tourist attractions. The Loire has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000, with its castles, churches, mills, Chambord national forest, numerous waterways and the "plan d'eau du Chambord".waterways, the Domino lake, the Loire à Vélo cycle route, canoeing and gabare trips, to name but a few.
    All of which contribute to the gentle pace of life at Mer and in the Loire Valley.
    Key figures
    Region: Centre-Val de Loire
    Department: 41 Loir-et-Cher
    Arrondissement : Blois
    District : La Beauce
    Intercommunalité : Beauce Val de Loire
    People: mérois, méroise
    Population (2017): 6,327
    Surface area: 26.47 km² with a density of 234 inhabitants per km².
    The town of Mer has been twinned with the English town of Kinver since 1987. The town's twinning committee works hard to ensure that trips and exchanges continue every year.