The city's rather exceptional location is a rocky island in the Loire. It is located at the confluence of the Aron and Loire, and at the Canal du Nivernais, where a dam connects it to the Canal Latéral à la Loire. This position gave it an eventful history, during which many monuments were built and often destroyed. It is also a busy trade centre and genuine waterways crossroads.
If you visit the city, you can discover the beautiful Promenade des Halles. This 985 meters long walkway is composed of plane-trees and lime-trees. It was planted from 1770. But also visit the city-walls, with the gate of Marquis d'Ancre (it is thought to have been built in 1194 by the Count of Nevers), the towers and the Ravelin et Echuguette (fortifications form the 16th century). Do not forget the church of Saint-Aré and its crypt. More of the architectural gems in Decize including Le Couvent des Minimes, the ancient convent and cloister, which houses a marvellous Roman chapel and Eglise Saint-Are with a choir which dates back to the 11th century.
Nature discoveries outings
Barge outings on the Loire
In summer, discover the heritage of the Loire river on a barge: One-hour trip on board "La Nivernaise" on the old Loire and on Loire, max. 6 people, leaves from The Tourist Office, Place du Champs de Foire at 2:30 p.m, 4:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays). Sundays leaves from "Stade Nautique", pointe des Halles. Price: adults € 8,- children (-12 years) € 6,-;
In the heart of varied and quiet landscapes, fishermen have the choice between different rivers: the river Loire, the Nivernais Canal, the river Aron, the Loire Latéral Canal and different fishes: carp, pike, perch, tench... and many other species. Decize large quantities of fishes and rivers has earned it the nickname of "Fishing-Paradise".
Discover by canoe the last unspoil river of the European waterways