Briare, a village which has kept its numerous historical riches intact. It is located at the confluence of the Loire and several canals. It had its heyday under Henri IV when the "Loyre en Seine" canal was built. Today Briare-le-canal has preserved its heritage and in particular the famous Pont Canal, now a classified historic monument. A very pleasant spot, which can be explored on foot.
Briare is also famous for its 19th century earthenware works, and in particular for the manufacture of fine enamels. This played an important part in the decoration of the works owners' residence, the Domaine des Roches.
The town is also well positioned with regard to several historic monuments and museums. But above all, it is an ideal starting point for visiting the Loire chateaux.
Nearby you have: canoe/kayak, horse-riding, well signed hiking trails, microlight flying, and a golf course at Sully-sur-Loire.
Not to be missed: The Loire chateaux (Gien and its hunting museum, Sully, etc), the enamel museum and the Deux Marines museum in Briare, the earthenware works in Gien, the medieval castle of Guédelon, etc.
Here are a few sites to give you some ideas for visits:
And on the water
Sport and relaxation