Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye

Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud

The highlight of this 12th-century abbey complex is the vast but movingly simple church, notable for its soaring pillars, Romanesque domes and polychrome gisants (funerary effigies) of four illustrious Plantagenets:…
Château in Saumur-Champigny AOC Area

Château de Brézé

Brézé sits on top of a network of subterranean rooms and passages, 1.5km of them open to the public, that include a boulangerie, wine cellars, defensive bastions and a troglodyte dwelling dating from at least the ti…
Chateau in Saumur-Champigny AOC Area

Château de Montsoreau-Musée d’Art Contemporain

Converted into a museum of conceptual art in 2016 – the focus is on the Art & Language movement – the Renaissance-style Château de Montsoreau, beautifully situated overlooking the Loire, was built in 1455 by one…
Cave in Turquant

Les Pommes Tapées

This is one of the last places in France producing the traditionally made dried apples known as pommes tapées. You can see displays on how it’s done, visit the tufa caves, sample the wares (€1) and buy some to take …
Church in Candes-St-Martin

Collégiale St-Martin

This soaring, crenellated village church, built in the Gothic style from 1175 to 1240, venerates the spot where St Martin died in 397 and was buried for a while (his body was later spirited off to Tours). Enter via …
Winery in Turquant

La Grande Vignolle

Domaine Filliatreau offers wine tasting inside the cliff face. Bottles of organic Saumur Chamipgny wines, some grown atop the nearby cliff, cost €8.60 to €30; the best vintages come from vieilles vignes (grapevines …