Today we are bringing you another fantastic day trip recommendation. If you’re staying with us and looking for a charming, historic village to explore, then we suggest heading off for the pretty village of Saint-Benoît-du-Sault.
Located in the heart of France’s Indre department, just a half-hour drive away, Saint-Benoît-du-Sault is a picture-perfect medieval village that’s been lovingly preserved over the centuries. With its winding cobblestone streets, half-timbered houses, and ancient stone churches, it’s like stepping back in time to the Middle Ages. Plus, the village is situated on a hilltop, so you’ll have breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.
Saint-Benoît-du-Sault is full of history. The village dates back to the 9th century when it was founded by the Benedictine monks who built the imposing Romanesque church that still dominates the skyline today. Over the centuries, the village grew and prospered thanks to its strategic location on a major trade route and many of the buildings you’ll see date back to the 14th and 15th centuries.
As you wander through the village, you’ll discover all sorts of fascinating sights and hidden gems. Make sure to check out the charming Place des Cinq Sens, a picturesque square filled with flowers and surrounded by beautifully restored half-timbered houses.
Just outside the village, you’ll also find the beautiful Jardin des Merveilles; a botanical garden where you can learn about the local flora and fauna which is lovely to explore on a spring day.
No trip to Saint-Benoît-du-Sault would be complete without a visit to the stunning Église Saint-Benoît. This impressive church is one of the most important Romanesque buildings in France, with its ornate carvings, soaring arches, and ancient frescoes that tell the story of the village’s past.
If you’re feeling peckish after all that exploring, there are a handful of lovely cafes and restaurants in the village where you can indulge in some classic French cuisine. And if you’re visiting in the summer, make sure to check out the village’s annual “Fête Médiévale,” a lively celebration of all things medieval that’s held every August.
All in all, Saint-Benoît-du-Sault is a great day trip destination. It’s the perfect place to soak up some authentic French charm and history, and we guarantee you’ll come away feeling enchanted by this beautiful village.