Chinon tourism and travel guide

Photo of Chinon in Indre-et-Loire

Visit Chinon: highlights and tourist information

Travel Guide  To Visit  Attractions 

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

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.

Chinon is situated in the Indre-et-Loire department and Loire Valley region (now part of the Centre-Loire Valley region), in the eastern-center of France at 41 kilometres from Tours, the department capital (general information: Chinon is 244 kilometres from Paris).

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 places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

You can also

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!


... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Indre-et-Loire

Map of places to visit near Chinon

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

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


  • 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

  • Collegiale Church (Candes-Saint-Martin) (14km)
  • Abbaye Notre Dame de Fontevraud (Fontevraud Abbey) (15km)
  • Eglise Abbatial de Saint Jouin (Saint-Jouin-de-Marnes) (40km)
  • Prieuré de Notre-Dame de Cunault (Chenehutte-Treves-Cunault) (41km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Chenehutte-Treves-Cunault) (41km)
  • Eglise de Saint Généroux (Saint-Generoux) (44km)
  • Eglise abbatiale de Saint Pierre (Airvault) (49km)

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)

Geography and distances

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

Chinon is in the eastern-center of France. 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