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The Chinon region

Ideally located in the heart of the Loire Valley (registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000) and of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Natural Regional Park, the Chinon region is a delight for the eyes. With the Royal River Loire and the majestic River Vienne running quietly through the region, each step leads you to constant discovery : landscapes, amazing architecture, art and history …

Among the gems not to miss, the medieval city of Chinon, and also the village of Candes Saint-Martin, labelled as one of the most beautiful villages of France.

The vineyard is also an essential part of the natural heritage of the area : the highly rated wine of Chinon was already praised by François Rabelais, native of the Chinon region, back in the 16th century…

 

forteresse, chinonThe Royal Chateau

The Fortress of Chinon had been the residence of Charles VII, King of France and his court in the middle of the 15th century. Many historical castles and writers’ houses can be visited nearby.

 

 

 

jardinThe Gardens

An amazing selection of gardens (some labelled ‘remarkable’) is waiting to be discovered : theme gardens, ‘jardins à la française’, romantic gardens, ornamental gardens….

 

 

candes-saint-martinCharming villages

Candes Saint-Martin, which has been given the prestigious ‘most beautiful villages of France’ award, as well as Rivière, Huismes, Lerné , among many other villages, offer architectural treasures such as churches, wash-houses, dovecotes and picturesque streets.

 

confluence, loire, vienne, candes-saint-martinOutdoor activities in the countryside

 


The Vienne Valley and Véron landscapes are an invitation to recreational activities : biking, swimming, hiking, canoeing, fishing….

vignoble, vin, chinonThe vineyard

Chinon is one of the most famous wine growing areas of the Loire Valley. Vines are to be found everywhere and the Chinon highly rated red wines are recognized worldwide.

 

 

 

tournesol, pays de chinonThe climate

Summers are usually dry, the average yearly rainfall is only around 650 mm, and with such mild weather conditions all year long, it explains why the region is known as the garden of France.

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