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Descartes tourism and travel guide

Photo of Descartes in Indre-et-Loire

Photo is of Chatellerault at 21 km from Descartes

Visit Descartes: highlights and tourist information

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Descartes is situated in the Indre-et-Loire department and Centre-Loire Valley region.

Popular places to visit nearby include Chatellerault at 21 km and La Roche-Posay at 23 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Descartes, 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 Descartes in Centre-Loire Valley.

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



at 21 km (direction south-west), in the Vienne department

The quiet regional town of Chatellerault has some notable 18th century townhouses...

See Chatellerault guide
La Roche-Posay

La Roche-Posay

at 23 km (direction south-south-east), in the Vienne department

The castle donjon and the medieval gateway are the main historical monuments...

See La Roche-Posay guide


Most Beautiful Village at 25 km (direction north-west)

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

See Crissay-sur-Manse guide


at 27 km (direction east-north-east)

Numerous historic monuments make the citadel in Loches a very interesting...

See Loches guide


at 29 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Tavant guide
Chateau du Rivau

Chateau du Rivau

Castle at 32 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Chateau du Rivau guide


Most Beautiful Village at 34 km (direction south-south-east), in the Vienne department

The pretty village of Angles sur l'Anglin and the river setting make...

See Angles-sur-l'Anglin guide
Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Castle at 36 km (direction north-west)

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

See Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau guide


at 36 km (direction north-west)

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

See Azay-le-Rideau guide
Chateau de Chinon

Chateau de Chinon

Castle at 41 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Chateau de Chinon guide


at 42 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Chinon guide


Theme Park at 42 km (direction south-west), in the Vienne department

Futuroscope is one of the most popular attractions in France!...

See Futuroscope guide
Chateau de Villandry

Chateau de Villandry

Castle at 43 km (direction north-north-west)

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

See Chateau de Villandry guide
Chateau d'Ussé

Chateau d'Ussé

Castle at 43 km (direction north-west)

The imposing Chateau d'Usse, next to the Loire, is...

See Chateau d'Ussé guide

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

Map of places to visit near Descartes


Markets in and near Descartes

Market days in Descartes: weekly market: Sunday;

  • Descartes: market Sunday (0km)
  • Le Grand-Pressigny: market Thursday (10km)
  • Ligueil: market Monday (12km)
  • Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine: market Friday (16km)
  • Manthelan: market Thursday (19km)
  • Chatellerault: market Wednesday & Thursday all day & Saturday (21km)
  • Preuilly-sur-Claise: market Thursday & Saturday (22km)
  • La Roche-Posay: market Tuesday & Friday (23km)
  • Loches: market Wednesday all day & Saturday (28km)
  • Richelieu: market Monday & Friday (28km)

More information about Descartes, Loire Valley

Tourist attractions near Descartes, France

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

Heritage sites

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

  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Chauvigny) (45km)

Remarkable gardens

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Etangs de la Brenne (52km)

Amusement park / theme park

Towns of Art and history


Geography and distances

Descartes is in the eastern-center of France at 46 kilometres from Tours, the department capital (general information: Descartes is 243 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Descartes

Canton: Descartes

Arrondissement: Loches

Department: Indre-et-Loire

Region: Loire Valley

New region: Centre-Loire Valley

Postcode: 37160

Distance to Descartes

from Tours (prefecture): 46 km

from Paris: 243 km

from Calais: 450 km

from Nice: 629 km

from Bordeaux: 257 km

from Strasbourg: 556 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 Descartes from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 3 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Abilly, Buxeuil and Saint-Remy-sur-Creuse.

This page in French: Visiter Descartes

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