Things to see and do - Chinon
Unmissable tourist sites
Chinon Travel guide
Chinon : Michelin's recommendations
It was in Chinon’s remarkable medieval fortress that Joan of Arc recognised a disguised Charles VII as the future king of France. Leaving its walls, the quaysides of the River Vienne lead to the medieval alleyways of Old Chinon, where visitors will be enchanted by the spirit of Rabelais and the renowned local wine.
Tourist attractions Chinon : Things to see and do
pl. du Gén.-de-Gaulle
You can see the remains of timber-framed Medieval houses while roaming Chinon's alleys, notably in Rue Voltaire or Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The Grand Carroi was the town centre in Medieval times. Along the way, you'll see churchs such as St. Étienn..
Rue du Château
Built in the 12C, abandoned by the court in the 15C, purchased by Cardinal Richelieu in the 17C, before being progressively abandoned, this fortress was rescued by Mérimée. Sited on a rocky outcrop, it is made up of the fort de Coudray with a 13C kee..
44 rue Haute-St-Maurice
This small museum primarily displays the region's folklore and local history society's collections. Marine objects and scale models of boats recall Chinon's river tradition. Visitors can see a magnificent full-length portrait of Rabelais by Delacroix..
10 Place Jeanne d'Arc F - 37500 Chinon
In the heart of the beautiful town of Chinon, in front of the place Jeanne d’Arc, the hotel is ideally situated only 2 minutes away from the rail station and 2 minutes away from the mediaeval part of the city. Discover its magnificent castle, its an..
23, rue Rabelais F - 37500 Chinon
Located in Chinon, facing the Vienne River, this hotel is 800 metres from the train station. It offers free Wi-Fi access, a covered terrace overlooking the street and a furnished courtyard. Each room at the La Boule D'or has simple décor and is equi..
12, Place Jeanne d'Arc F - 37500 Chinon
This charming 19th-century house is located in Chinon, in the heart of the Regional Natural Park Loire-Anjou-Touraine and the Loire Valley. It offers uniquely decorated rooms and guests can relax on the shadowed terrace, by the garden. All of the ai..
78 rue Haute-Saint-Maurice F - 37500 Chinon
Trinkets, little paintings and photos from the 1930s contribute to the charm of this restaurant in Chinon's old town. Contemporary cuisine made with fresh ingredients.
49 place du Général-de-Gaulle F - 37500 Chinon
Named after the red hats worn by the coach drivers of the royal mail. An apt name seeing as Chinon Château stands very close to this restaurant, which you will recognise by the fountain out front. The excellent cuisine remains faithful to the seasons..
42 rue Rabelais F - 37500 Chinon
Be sure to consult the suggestions on the slate board at L'Ardoise! Duck in a salt crust, steamed cod fillet with soy sauce, lemongrass and spices, truffle pancakes in season... Indulging his passion for Asia, the chef concocts well-crafted dishes wi..
13 rue Rabelais F - 37500 Chinon
The ocean breeze blows as far inland as Chinon! As its name suggests, this restaurant gives seafood pride of place. The chef prepares very fresh fish, adding a dash of originality, with a pinch of spice here and a hint of sweet and sour there. Good v..