Varennes-sur-Loire tourism and travel guide

Photo of Varennes-sur-Loire in Maine-et-Loire

Photo is of Montsoreau at 3 km from Varennes-sur-Loire

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Varennes-sur-Loire is situated in the Maine-et-Loire department and Pays de la Loire region.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Varennes-sur-Loire in Pays de la Loire.

Popular places to visit nearby include Montsoreau at 3 km and Candes-Saint-Martin at 4 km.

Varennes-sur-Loire, France: places to visit and attractions

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



Most Beautiful Village at 3 km (direction south)

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

See Montsoreau guide


Most Beautiful Village at 4 km (direction south-south-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

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

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Candes-Saint-Martin collegiate church

Candes-Saint-Martin collegiate church

Church at 4 km (direction south-south-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

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

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Fontevraud Abbey

Fontevraud Abbey

Abbey at 6 km (direction south)

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

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Chateau de Saumur

Chateau de Saumur

Castle at 10 km (direction west)

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

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at 10 km (direction west)

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

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at 15 km (direction east-south-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

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

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Chateau de Chinon

Chateau de Chinon

Castle at 16 km (direction east-south-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

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

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Chateau d\'Ussé

Chateau d'Ussé

Castle at 18 km (direction east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

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

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Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay

Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay

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

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

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Chateau du Rivau

Chateau du Rivau

Castle at 25 km (direction east-south-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

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

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Chateau de Langeais

Chateau de Langeais

Castle at 28 km (direction east-north-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

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

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at 28 km (direction east-north-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

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

See Langeais guide


at 28 km (direction east-south-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

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

See Tavant guide

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Map of places to visit near Varennes-sur-Loire


Markets in and near Varennes-sur-Loire

  • Montsoreau: market Sunday (3km)
  • Bourgueil: market Tuesday & Saturday (10km)
  • Avoine: market Friday (10km)
  • Saumur: market Wednesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday (11km)
  • Chinon: market Thursday all day & Sunday (16km)
  • Longue-Jumelles: market Thursday (20km)
  • Montreuil-Bellay: market Tuesday (20km)
  • Doue-la-Fontaine: market Monday (26km)
  • Loudun: market Tuesday (26km)
  • Langeais: market Sunday (28km)

More information about Varennes-sur-Loire, Pays de la Loire

Tourist attractions near Varennes-sur-Loire, France

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


  • Aquarium de Loudun (25km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Montreuil-Bellay (20km)
  • Loudun (26km)

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)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Doué-la-Fontaine (27km)

Geography and distances

Varennes-sur-Loire is in the western-centre of France at 53 kilometres from Angers, the department capital (general information: Varennes-sur-Loire is 248 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Varennes-sur-Loire

Canton: Allonnes

Arrondissement: Saumur

Department: Maine-et-Loire

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 49730

Distance to Varennes-sur-Loire

from Angers (prefecture): 53 km

from Paris: 248 km

from Calais: 433 km

from Nice: 686 km

from Bordeaux: 272 km

from Strasbourg: 592 km

Getting here

Most visitors arrive in a car from one of the ferry terminals - Saint Malo and Caen are most practical, allow around 3-4 hours for the journey. For driving distances to Varennes-sur-Loire from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 10 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Allonnes, Candes-Saint-Martin, Chouze-sur-Loire, Montsoreau, Parnay, Saint-Germain-sur-Vienne, Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Savigny-en-Veron, Souzay-Champigny and Turquant.

This page in French: Visiter Varennes-sur-Loire