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The ancient Roman town of Nevers in central France successfully blends the past with the present, offering something for every taste. Fans of architecture, culture and history will enjoy museums sporting Roman treasures and a visit to Saint Bernadette's shrine. Worshipers of another sort can head to the track for world-class racing, or to the surrounding countryside for more active adventures.
Set at the confluence of the Loire and Niévre rivers, canal boat holidaymakers find Nevers a charming place to stop and explore. The ancient stone bridge offers pleasant vantage points to view the river traffic. Narrow, winding streets lead from the quay through town and to the church of Saint Etienne and the Ducal palace. Follow the blue line on the pavement for a self-guided tour of historic sites.
Nevers is famous for its pottery, and the Montagnon factory turns out copies of old faience porcelain in blue and white as well as contemporary pieces. For artistry of another sort, join racing fans at the Magny-Cours circuit when Nevers hosts the French Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Bol d'Or and other international races.
Nevers has many fine restaurants that showcase the specialities of the region, or you can enjoy a picnic by the river as the boats go by. Festivals throughout the year include an international jazz festival in November. Small and large hotels, guesthouses, and campgrounds are located in town and the surrounding countryside.
Located 130 miles south of Paris, Nevers is on the ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella in Spain. For your own pilgrimage, the best way to see the beauty of the region's hills, rivers, and forests is to hire a car. Booking car hire online is the best way to guarantee you get the lowest rate.