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From Yèvre-le-Châtel to Saint-Florent-le-Vieil

The Loire Valley is dotted with small picturesque villages accredited with labels like "Plus beaux villages de France" ("Most beautiful villages in France") or "Petites Cités de caractère" ("Small towns of character"). You will certainly be charmed by their tuffeau stone houses, flower-filled streets and Loire châteaux!

St-Florent-le-Vieil, Le Thoureil, Montsoreau: overlooking the Loire

The village of St-Florent-le-Vieil delights visitors at first glance. The Loire, which borders it, gives it a peaceful air while the Abbey church (17th century) perched on Mont Glonne, adds to its beauty. From up here you will enjoy stunning views over the Loire.
Picturesque: this is the perfect description of Le Thoureil. Its rich and eventful history dates back to prehistoric times (hence the presence of menhirs and dolmens) and continues right up to the modern era of tourism. The result is a truly unique and diverse architecture.

Situated at the confluence of the Loire and Vienne, Montsoreau has two more than flattering titles: Most beautiful village of France and Small city of character. And it is well deserved! This village of tuffeau stone offers some magical sights including the castle on the water's edge, old sailors's houses and flower-filled streets with pretty houses in white tuffeau stone.

Savennières, Denée, Blaison Gohier, Béhuard, Turquant and Chênehutte-Trèves-Cunault, are all villages built in white tuffeau stone standing by the banks of the Loire, and are also worth a detour. 

Yèvre-le-Châtel,  Candes-Saint-Martin and Crissay-sur-Manse

"Magnificent". This is how Victor Hugo described Yèvre-le-Châtel. No doubt, his exclamation was inspired by its medieval fortress with four imposing towers, its flowery stone houses and the intriguing ruins of the unfinished church.

At the point where the Loire and the Vienne meet is Candes-Saint-Martin, a former fishing and inland waterway port. It is a small village where slate roofs blend with white tuffeau stone facades. Don't miss out on the abbey church of Saint-Martin, which is well worth a visit.
At Crissay-sur-Manse, all notion of time disappears. A leisurely wander through its peaceful streets will reveal tuffeau stone houses and hidden gardens. Admire the ruins of its 15th century castle and 16th century church, which are both remarkable.

Also worth visiting are Lavardin, a village on the banks of the Loir nestling at the foot of the ruins of its fortress, and Montrésor, the smallest municipality in the Touraine on the banks of the Indrois river.
Accommodation nearby
Are you looking for a hotel, bed and breakfast, campsite, gite or traditional horse-drawn caravan? Discover all our accommodation ideas for your stay in the Loire Valley.