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Chinon Holiday rentals

Holiday rentals in Chinon, in the Garden of France

A commune in central France that straddles the River Vienne, Chinon is a small town at the heart of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine National Park located in the region of Touraine, known as the "garden of France" for its beautiful landscapes. However, there is more to Chinon than an idyllic setting. It dates back to prehistoric times and surrounds a 12th-century royal fortress that bore witness to the events of the Hundred Year’s War. It’s where Joan of Arc voiced her support for Charles VII, the fate of the Knights Templar was sealed, and both Henry II of England and Philip II of France took refuge. Consequently, the residence Residence Le Clos St Michel is an ideal base for history buffs, nature enthusiasts, museum-goers, wine lovers and gourmands, who choose to book their holiday rental with Odalys in Chinon. More information
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Things to do in Chinon

As holidays in France go, a trip to Chinon can be an eventful and exciting outing for adults and children alike. Visit Le Carroi, the museum of old Chinon, which houses both Europe’s largest swathe of Arabic silk and a portrait of Rabelais, signed by Delacroix. Wander the cobbled alleys for references to Rabelais and Joan of Arc, and admire their statues hovering above. Take your epicurean exploits one step further with a wine tasting tour of the Couly-Dutheil cellars, or walk a mile in Rabelais’ shoes with a tour of his own cellar at the Caves Painctes. Take your time exploring the Joan of Arc Museum at the Clock Tower before moving on to the Forteresse Royale, the hilltop castle where the Knights Templar were once imprisoned. It offers wonderful displays of medieval weapons, self-guided tours and mobile device guides for groups adapted to all ages. For those who need to burn off some energy, a treetop experience at Saint Benoit Aventure is the perfect activity to both start or end a day.

Eating and drinking in Chinon

Chinon is famous for its excellent local wines. Visit the Wine and Cooperage Museum (Le Musée Animé du Vin et de la Tonellerie), which doubles up as a restaurant, for an intro into traditional winemaking techniques, or enjoy a wine tasting session at Marc Plouzeau’s Cave where casks and corks make up the furniture. Whatever vintage you choose, it is bound to make a splendid pairing with Chinon peaches and cheeses, available at the local food market. If you would rather relax than cook in your holiday rental, then let the local chefs conjure up rillettes de Tours and poached eggs au Chinon. Feast on mouth-watering saupiquet Nivernais, pâté Berrichon and Poulet en barbouille, then indulge your sweet tooth with Nougats de Tour pie, sabayon, dried pears and prune candies.

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