Chinon Travel Guide

  • Across the river Vienne to the town.
    Across the river Vienne to the town.
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  • Chinon castle.
    Chinon castle.
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  • View from our room at Hôtel Diderot
    View from our room at Hôtel Diderot
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Chinon Things to Do


    An important time in history happened in this Chateau which dates back till the 11th century.It was here, Joan of Arc first spotted the dethroned Charles VII in disguise and persuaded him to lend her an army to drive the English out of France.It was owned successively by the Counts of Tours and Blois, then by the Count of Anjou, and then it fell...

  • Visit Chateau Chinon

    The Chateau at Chinon is a huge medieval fortress that looms high above the River Vienne and the town of Chinon. There are many areas of the fortress that are crumbling, yet there is plenty to see and experience.Historically, it was once owned by Richard the Lionheart and it is where Joan of Arc came to plead with Charles VII for an army. There is...

  • Fairytale Gardens South of Chinon

    Just 10 km south of Chinon, we found the very romantic castle of the Rivau.It was really amazing to stroll around the peaceful gardens of the chateau du Rivau, full of reference of the magical world of elves and fairies. A real enchantment !You should really check it out, if you want a break, want to enjoy gardens or even for lunch or pick nick. We...

  • Couly Duteil Winery Tour

    We almost missed our chance to do a "winery tasting" and tour in Chinon, but we found a very nice woman who showed us around the Couly-Dutheil winery.It was a brief tasting, but FREE, and we were too late for actual tour of the vineyard. One of the owners (who spoke wonderful English and was fascinated with the American culture) was kind enough to...

  • Chateau de Chinon

    I can't really leave a good tip about this because by the time we arrived here we were flagging under the 3 C's (Chateaus, Cathedrals & Caves) and were rather Chateau-ed out! Thus much said we stopped for a very pleasant lunch - more because of the setting than the food - and then drove on.However, the fortress is mostly ruined but consists of 3...

  • Explore the Castle above Chinon

    It take about a half day to explore this old castle ruin. It has numerous places to view the river valley below, and one part of the castle has a ledge hanging out over the town. It's one of those look down through the steel grid floors, that is kind of creepy. Inside this tower is the museum.Joan of Arc is featured here as this is where she came...


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Chinon Restaurants

  • Crepes!!!

    Very small place, familiar, and a good alternative to all those restaurants offering fix menus around, the price is good, is much less expensive than the averae, and the salty crepes are great!!

  • Great Food, Great Prices

    Cafe/Restaurant Des Arts on Place Charles De Gaulle -- could it sound more trivial? Nevertheless, the food was superlative, French but with a modern nouvelle cuisine twist.Full dinner with fine local wine set us back mere 40 Euros. They have even better deals if you come for lunch.

  • Great Atmosphere

    What a great local restaurant to stumble upon (granted, it was litterally 50 years from our hotel!)!La Maison Rouge was a "local French" restaurant which served in 3 or 4 plate dishes. We tried everything that we could including great fduck oie gras (said my father), wonderful bone-in perch w/ buerre blanc, and my husband had a wonderful rumsteak...


Chinon Nightlife

  • Le Café Français

    Cafe Français is a nice bar with good (often live) music. Relax between friendly locals, having a nice drink while enjoying the music. Staff is capable to understand AND speak English!!recommended: choose from wide range of local mix drinks or even Belgian beers! leisure

  • Stay up and watch

    The town of Chinon seized a wonderful opportunity and provided lights which light up the castle over the town. There are so many angles in the architecture, that it makes a very interesting spectacle. If you are camping across the river you have the best view of all, which makes this campground a prime stopover. Or if you are not camping there is a...

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Chinon Off The Beaten Path


    Located in "Most beautiful village" of Candes-Saint-Martin, is the chapel Saint Martin. The Church is known for the many statues that decorate its facade, and for the stained glass windows tracing the story of the relics of Saint Martin.The church was built in the 12th century, although much of the decoration was added three centuries later....

  • Ancient Siege Weaponry To Admire

    Right behind the Chinon Castle, on the hill slope not really frequented by tourists, there is a full size trebuchet - a medieval siege weapon used to hurl stones and other nasty things in the enemy camp.More pictures here: Easter in the Loire Valley

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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