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Chinon tourism and travel guide

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Visit Chinon: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: As well as the castle, Chinon has a very impressive medieval centre to explore and lovely river views

Chinon 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 Chinon. For detailed visitor information see the Chinon travel guide.

Attractions in Chinon

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

Tourist classifications for Chinon include "secteur sauvegarde" and "town of art and history".

Popular places to visit nearby include Chateau d'Ussé at 9 km and Chateau du Rivau at 10 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Chinon, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Chinon in Centre-Loire Valley.

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

Chateau de Chinon

Chateau de Chinon

Castle at 1 km (direction west-south-west)

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

See Chateau de Chinon guide
Chateau d'Ussé

Chateau d'Ussé

Castle at 9 km (direction north-north-east)

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

See Chateau d'Ussé guide
Chateau du Rivau

Chateau du Rivau

Castle at 10 km (direction south-east)

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

See Chateau du Rivau guide
Tavant

Tavant

at 12 km (direction east-south-east)

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

See Tavant guide
 
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Candes-Saint-Martin

Candes-Saint-Martin

Most Beautiful Village at 14 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Candes-Saint-Martin guide
Candes-Saint-Martin collegiate church

Candes-Saint-Martin collegiate church

Church at 14 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Candes-Saint-Martin collegiate church guide
Fontevraud Abbey

Fontevraud Abbey

Abbey at 15 km (direction west), in the Maine-et-Loire department

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

See Fontevraud Abbey guide
Montsoreau

Montsoreau

Most Beautiful Village at 15 km (direction west-north-west), in the Maine-et-Loire department

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

See Montsoreau guide
Crissay-sur-Manse

Crissay-sur-Manse

Most Beautiful Village at 18 km (direction east)

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

See Crissay-sur-Manse guide
Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Castle at 19 km (direction east-north-east)

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

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

Azay-le-Rideau

at 19 km (direction east-north-east)

The village of Azay-le-Rideau is best known for its castle but...

See Azay-le-Rideau guide
Chateau de Langeais

Chateau de Langeais

Castle at 21 km (direction north-east)

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

See Chateau de Langeais guide
Langeais

Langeais

at 21 km (direction north-east)

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

See Langeais guide
Chateau de Saumur

Chateau de Saumur

Castle at 26 km (direction west-north-west), in the Maine-et-Loire department

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

See Chateau de Saumur guide

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Map of places to visit near Chinon

 
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Markets in and near Chinon

Market days in Chinon: weekly market: Thursday all day & Sunday;

  • Chinon: market Thursday all day & Sunday (0km)
  • Avoine: market Friday (6km)
  • Bourgueil: market Tuesday & Saturday (13km)
  • Montsoreau: market Sunday (15km)
  • Richelieu: market Monday & Friday (19km)
  • Azay-le-Rideau: market Wednesday & Saturday (19km)
  • Langeais: market Sunday (21km)
  • Loudun: market Tuesday (22km)
  • Saumur: market Wednesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday (27km)
  • Artannes-sur-Indre: market Friday (28km)

More information about Chinon, Loire Valley

Tourist attractions near Chinon, France

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

Aquarium

  • Aquarium de Loudun (22km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Loudun (22km)
  • Montreuil-Bellay (31km)

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 (40km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Doué-la-Fontaine (42km)
 
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Geography and distances

Chinon is in the eastern-center of France at 41 kilometres from Tours, the department capital (general information: Chinon is 244 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Chinon

Canton: Chinon

Arrondissement: Chinon

Department: Indre-et-Loire

Region: Loire Valley

New region: Centre-Loire Valley

Postcode: 37500

Distance to Chinon

from Tours (prefecture): 41 km

from Paris: 244 km

from Calais: 436 km

from Nice: 670 km

from Bordeaux: 268 km

from Strasbourg: 581 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 Chinon from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 6 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Anche, Avoine, Beaumont-en-Veron, Cinais, La Roche-Clermault and Riviere.

This page in French: Visiter Chinon

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