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Highlights in Chinon
- A medieval city protected by a huge fortress
- A rich and tasty cuisine
- A region full of unique places
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Location and orientation
Chinon is located in the southwest of Touraine, on the edge of Anjou and Poitou, in the heart of winegrowing lands. The city stretches along the Vienne river and is dominated by a monumental fortress that has protected it since the 11th century. It underwent significant development during the Middle Ages, under the reign of King Henry II of England Plantagenet, then in the 15th century, during the Hundred Years' War, when Charles VII made it one of his favourite residences. The city then expanded significantly.Getting to Chinon
Chinon is accessible by train, with TER Centre and TER Poitou-Charentes trains serving its station. The latter also acts as a stop for buses. By road, the city can be easily reached by the departmental roads 751, 947 and 952, by the European road 60 and by the A85 motorway.
A destination for all those who like to take their time
Chinon can be visited on foot, strolling along the pedestrian streets. From the castle overlooking the city, you can walk down paved steps or prefer to let yourself be carried by a glass elevator. During your walk, you can admire beautiful houses of character, pretty courtyards, churches, etc. Don't miss out on a stroll along the banks of the Vienne River, too, taking advantage of the many bike tours on offer.A land synonymous with conviviality and the art of living
The Loire Valley is full of beautiful villages such as Crissay-sur-Manse or Candes-Saint-Martin in which it is pleasant to walk. You can also discover the mills on the banks of the Indre, visit some pretty churches such as those of Tavant or Île-Bouchard, learn more about the know-how of the basket makers in Villaines-les-Rochers or admire the castles of Azay-le-Rideau or Rivau. Other unique places are not to be missed, such as the troglodytic valley of Les Goupillières or the fortress of Montbazon, which presents the trades of the Middle Ages, among others.
It was in Chinon Castle, which is one of the few medieval fortresses in the Loire Valley, that Joan of Arc met Charles VII in 1429.
Top 3 things to do
Located a little further from Chinon, the Sainte-Radegonde chapel is a semi-troglodyte site decorated with a painting dating from the end of the 12th century that would represent members of the Plantagenêt family during a falcon hunt2. Taste the delicious products of the region
The Chinon region is rich in particularly tasty local products. From Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine cheese, Rabelaisian fouées and fouaces, Richelais truffles or fish rillettes from the Loire, there are many opportunities to taste delicious specialities during your stay!3. Attend a concert at the Guinguette de Chinon
If you dream of listening to music, having a drink or snacking on a homemade dish while admiring the castle, think of the "Guinguette de Chinon". You will taste typical regional dishes in a very friendly atmosphere!