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CHINON is home to the famous medieval fortress which was built high above the River Vienne to protect the valley. History tells that it was here, in the Great Hall, that Joan of Arc recognised the Dauphin. It was also here that Richard the Lionheart came when fatally wounded. The château has three…
A great old town to walk around, 30 mins drive but well worth it, lovely restaurants and the old fort to walk around at the top of the hill. They also have a market on a Thursday morning which is well worth a visit.
Beautiful and historic larger town by the River Vienne. Very historic and plenty to see including a great farmers market and monthly antiques market.
As well as being the centre of red wine vineyards, Chinon is a pleasant town to visit with a good chateau. Market day is Thursday and there are plenty of good restaurants to visit.
The Medieval town of Chinon is 23km from La Maison Tumtum Arbre, on the banks of the Vienne river, with winding streets up to the exceptional Forteresse Royale de Chinon, (open all year) listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Fortress was the preferred residence of Henry II and his wife…