Azay-le-Rideau tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: The village of Azay-le-Rideau is best known for its castle but also has a pleasant centre with a historic church and mill to explore

Azay-le-Rideau is situated in the Indre-et-Loire department and Centre-Loire Valley region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Azay-le-Rideau. For detailed visitor information see the Azay-le-Rideau travel guide.

Attractions in Azay-le-Rideau

Not the most luxurious or largest castle in the region, it is the beauty and waterside location that gives the Chateau d'Azay-le Rideau its special charm: Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Azay-le-Rideau in Centre-Loire Valley.

Popular places to visit nearby include Chateau de Langeais at 8 km and Langeais at 8 km.

Azay-le-Rideau, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Castle less than one km (direction south-south-east)

Not the most luxurious or largest castle in the region, it is...

See Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau guide
Chateau de Langeais

Chateau de Langeais

Castle at 8 km (direction north-west)

Château de Langeais is a medieval-renaissance castle with nicely furnished rooms and...

See Chateau de Langeais guide


at 8 km (direction north-west)

Langeais is a small town with a pretty town centre, best known...

See Langeais guide
Chateau de Villandry

Chateau de Villandry

Castle at 10 km (direction north-north-east)

The rooms at Chateau de Villandry can be explored, but it is...

See Chateau de Villandry guide
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Most Beautiful Village at 12 km (direction south-south-east)

Explore the lovely stone houses and narrow streets in the tiny village...

See Crissay-sur-Manse guide
Chateau d'Ussé

Chateau d'Ussé

Castle at 13 km (direction west)

The imposing Chateau d'Usse, next to the Loire, is an imposing medieval-renaissance...

See Chateau d'Ussé guide


at 16 km (direction south-south-west)

Tavant is a small village but a visit to se the murals...

See Tavant guide


at 19 km (direction west-south-west)

As well as the castle, Chinon has a very impressive medieval centre...

See Chinon guide
Chateau de Chinon

Chateau de Chinon

Castle at 20 km (direction west-south-west)

Château de Chinon retains more medieval elements than most Loire Valley castles...

See Chateau de Chinon guide
Chateau du Rivau

Chateau du Rivau

Castle at 21 km (direction south-west)

One of the more modest castles in the region, both the Chateau...

See Chateau du Rivau guide
Basilica of Saint-Martin in Tours

Basilica of Saint-Martin in Tours

Church at 22 km (direction east-north-east)

The basilica Saint-Martin is an imposing neo-byzantine church in the town of...

See Basilica of Saint-Martin in Tours guide


at 22 km (direction east-north-east)

Tours is a large important town with numerous monuments, gardens and medieval...

See Tours guide
Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters

Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters

Cathedral at 23 km (direction east-north-east)

The la Psalette cloister and the cathedral of Tours together make a...

See Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters guide


Most Beautiful Village at 30 km (direction west)

In the village of Candes-Saint-Martin, a 'most beautiful village in France', you...

See Candes-Saint-Martin guide

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Markets in and near Azay-le-Rideau

Market days in Azay-le-Rideau: weekly market: Wednesday & Saturday;

  • Azay-le-Rideau: market Wednesday & Saturday (0km)
  • Langeais: market Sunday (8km)
  • Artannes-sur-Indre: market Friday (9km)
  • Monts: market Wednesday & Saturday (14km)
  • Ballan-Mire: market Sunday & Friday (14km)
  • Luynes: market Saturday (15km)
  • Joue-les-Tours: market Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday (18km)
  • Fondettes: market Wednesday & Sunday (19km)
  • Chinon: market Thursday all day & Sunday (19km)
  • Montbazon: market Tuesday (19km)

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Tourist attractions near Azay-le-Rideau, France

What to do at Azay-le-Rideau? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Azay-le-Rideau.


  • Aquarium du Val-de-Loire (36km)
  • Aquarium de Loudun (40km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

Churches and religious monuments

Remarkable gardens

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire (22km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Réserve de Beaumarchais (49km)

Geography and distances

Azay-le-Rideau is in the eastern-center of France at 22 kilometres from Tours, the department capital (general information: Azay-le-Rideau is 226 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Azay-le-Rideau

Canton: Azay-le-Rideau

Arrondissement: Chinon

Department: Indre-et-Loire

Region: Loire Valley

New region: Centre-Loire Valley

Postcode: 37190

Distance to Azay-le-Rideau

from Tours (prefecture): 22 km

from Paris: 226 km

from Calais: 422 km

from Nice: 661 km

from Bordeaux: 281 km

from Strasbourg: 562 km

Getting here

Most visitors arrive in one of the cross-channel ports such as Caen and Le Havre (about 3-4 hours drive from here) or fly into Paris and drive south from there. For driving distances to Azay-le-Rideau from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 6 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Cheille, Druye, Lignieres-de-Touraine, Sache, Valleres and Villaines-les-Rochers.

This page in French: Visiter Azay-le-Rideau


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