Candes-Saint-Martin tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: In the village of Candes-Saint-Martin, a 'most beautiful village in France', you can see the Vienne river, a medieval collegiale church and a lovely viewpoint

Candes-Saint-Martin 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 Candes-Saint-Martin. For detailed visitor information see the Candes-Saint-Martin travel guide.

Attractions in Candes-Saint-Martin

The collegiate church of Candes-Saint-Martin has numerous medieval statues incorporated in the facade and porch: Candes-Saint-Martin collegiate church

Tourist classifications for Candes-Saint-Martin include "most beautiful village" and "religious monument".

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Montsoreau at 1 km and Fontevraud Abbey at 4 km.

Candes-Saint-Martin, France: places to visit and attractions

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

Candes-Saint-Martin collegiate church

Candes-Saint-Martin collegiate church

Church less than one km (direction west)

The collegiate church of Candes-Saint-Martin has numerous medieval statues incorporated in the...

See Candes-Saint-Martin collegiate church guide


Most Beautiful Village at 1 km (direction west-north-west), in the Maine-et-Loire department

Montsoreau, listed as a 'most beautiful villages in France', also has an...

See Montsoreau guide
Fontevraud Abbey

Fontevraud Abbey

Abbey at 4 km (direction south-west), in the Maine-et-Loire department

The Fontevraud Abbey has a great deal to see: it is one...

See Fontevraud Abbey guide
Chateau de Saumur

Chateau de Saumur

Castle at 12 km (direction west-north-west), in the Maine-et-Loire department

The Chateau de Saumur stands in an impressive location with views across...

See Chateau de Saumur guide


at 13 km (direction east)

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

See Chinon guide


at 13 km (direction west-north-west), in the Maine-et-Loire department

The town of Saumur, in the shadow of the famous castle, is...

See Saumur guide
Chateau de Chinon

Chateau de Chinon

Castle at 13 km (direction east-south-east)

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

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Chateau d'Ussé

Chateau d'Ussé

Castle at 17 km (direction east)

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

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Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay

Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay

Castle at 19 km (direction west-south-west), in the Maine-et-Loire department

The Château de Montreuil-Bellay is an impressive 15th century castle surrouned by...

See Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay guide
Chateau du Rivau

Chateau du Rivau

Castle at 22 km (direction east-south-east)

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

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at 26 km (direction east-south-east)

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

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Chateau de Langeais

Chateau de Langeais

Castle at 28 km (direction east-north-east)

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

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at 28 km (direction east-north-east)

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

See Langeais guide
Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Castle at 30 km (direction east)

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

See Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau guide

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Markets in and near Candes-Saint-Martin

  • Montsoreau: market Sunday (2km)
  • Avoine: market Friday (8km)
  • Bourgueil: market Tuesday & Saturday (10km)
  • Saumur: market Wednesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday (13km)
  • Chinon: market Thursday all day & Sunday (14km)
  • Montreuil-Bellay: market Tuesday (20km)
  • Loudun: market Tuesday (22km)
  • Longue-Jumelles: market Thursday (24km)
  • Doue-la-Fontaine: market Monday (27km)
  • Langeais: market Sunday (28km)

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Tourist attractions near Candes-Saint-Martin, France

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


  • Aquarium de Loudun (22km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Montreuil-Bellay (19km)
  • Loudun (22km)

Regional Natural Parcs

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye Notre Dame de Fontevraud (Fontevraud Abbey) (4km)
  • Prieuré de Notre-Dame de Cunault (Chenehutte-Treves-Cunault) (27km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Chenehutte-Treves-Cunault) (27km)
  • Eglise Abbatial de Saint Jouin (Saint-Jouin-de-Marnes) (38km)
  • Eglise de Saint Généroux (Saint-Generoux) (40km)
  • Eglise abbatiale de Saint Pierre (Airvault) (46km)

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)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Doué-la-Fontaine (28km)

Geography and distances

Candes-Saint-Martin is in the eastern-center of France at 51 kilometres from Tours, the department capital (general information: Candes-Saint-Martin is 249 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Candes-Saint-Martin

Canton: Chinon

Arrondissement: Chinon

Department: Indre-et-Loire

Region: Loire Valley

New region: Centre-Loire Valley

Postcode: 37500

Distance to Candes-Saint-Martin

from Tours (prefecture): 51 km

from Paris: 249 km

from Calais: 435 km

from Nice: 683 km

from Bordeaux: 269 km

from Strasbourg: 592 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 Candes-Saint-Martin from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 10 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Chouze-sur-Loire, Couziers, Fontevraud l'Abbaye, Montsoreau, Parnay, Saint-Germain-sur-Vienne, Savigny-en-Veron, Thizay, Turquant and Varennes-sur-Loire.

This page in French: Visiter Candes-Saint-Martin