La Gravette is situated in the Auvergne region of Central France
Places of interest
- 2 miles from Tronçais – the largest oak forest in Europe with plentiful walks and restaurants
- 2 miles to Couleuvre, cheap fishing, petting zoo, free pool with lifeguard
- 10 miles to Le Veurdre, wine tasting, canoeing and an English butcher for bacon and sausages
- 15 miles to Apremont-sur-Allier, one of the most beautiful villages in France, chateaux and restaurant
- 19 miles to Magny-Cours (French Grand Prix) offers many car and bike related events
- 20 miles to the fortress at Bourbon with thermal baths
- 20 miles to Souvigny monastery, the pilgrimage centre of Europe 1000 years ago
- 35 miles to Moulins, cathedrals and see the birth place of Joan of Arc
- 40 miles to Sancerre and Pouilly for great wine although closer vineyards are available
- 50 miles to Le Pal animal and theme park, cheaper and better than Disney in our opinion
- 70 miles to Clermont-Ferrand the massive central and the new vulcania theme park.
How about a day in Paris?
We tried this over New Year and found it very accessible. Very good train service
from Nevers get you to the center of Paris in about 2 hours.
Local lakes such as Goule and Pirot offer fishing, free beaches and water sports.
- 3 miles to Lurcy-Lévis and Le Kangourou. Very good pizza’s and a lot more. Not open Wed. Best to book. Evenings they open early at 7pm.
- 6 miles to Le Chuchal (just before Franchese). Parisian style fancy food. Superb. Menu available in English. You must book for evenings and weekends. Tiny bit of English spoken.
- 10 miles to Le Petit Auberge at Sancoins. Quality food, other restaurants, bars in the square, large streetmarket on Wednesday.
- 20 miles to Chateau Epines. Very fancy and expensive. We have not tried this yet!
Menu du Jour (lunch) is normally 12 euros, from 12 till 1 start. 3 courses and a glass of wine.
Evenings are 25 euros at good restaurants without wine. Start time 8 till 9.
Sunday lunch is special. It may last 3 to 4 hours, you must book well in advance. 25 euros.
If you go to the old town in Montlucon (very pretty) you will have a wide choice of restaurants, menu du jour from 8 euros and you can choose when to eat.
Local restaurants will not serve you outside their core hour start time.
All restaurants are child friendly and often supply crayons and toys.
- 3 miles to ATAC in Lurcy. A good size supermarket. (other shops too) Monday morning a small typical market.
- 10 miles to Sancoin with a variety of shops and an Intermarche open Sunday morning.
- 30 miles to Nevers, Moulins and Montlucon for all shops.
Shops close for lunch Monday to Friday in general, plus all bank holidays.
Tourist information at Lurcy-Lévis offers a wide range of things and good English is spoken.They also offer internet connection with the use of a computer.
Eric’s bar in Lurcy-Lévis (PMU). He speaks some English, sells fishing tickets for Lurcy, and licenses for departmental fishing.