Chateau de Chinon - The primary landmark in Chinon
This community became one of the places in France visited by the legendary Joan of Arc, who visited King Charles VII of France in 1429. It was here where she sought the dauphin among a throng of courtiers, recognizing him as one of the men disguised as a commoner.
Nowadays the Chateau de Chinon is a far cry from a glorious castle it once was during the medieval period, but visitors can still see vestiges of the structure whenever they visit. The Chateau de Chinon was also used as a setting for The Lion in Winter, which was subsequently turned into a play and film.
Musee de la Deviniere
Tourist Office in Chinon
Aside from the chateau, tourists can visit the Musee de la Deviniere, which houses the different artworks of Francois Rabelais.
Rabelais is considered to be Chinon’s most famous son, and the place where the museum is situated was once the family cottage.
The main museum building is composed of three floors where visitors can view displays regarding Rabelais and how he contributed to the village during his time.
Two more buildings complete the museum compound, which highlight the lifestyle of the people in the Middle Ages.
The Famous Chinon Reds
Wine enthusiasts are sure to be attracted to the different wineries in Chinon. These can be found in caves that have been carved on the riverbank of Vienne River.
Red wine is the specialty of the village, and these wines can be stored up to 10 years. These wines are perfect accompaniments to meals, and are usually served in restaurants found in the city.
Restaurants in Chinon
The Au Plaisir Gourmand used to be one of the restaurants found in Chinon where guests require prior reservations to get in. This restaurants closed it's doors a few years ago. But the chefs students are still going strong at Au Chapeau Rouge. It might be a good advice to book in advance if you plan to spend an evening here.
Au Chapeau Rouge
Another restaurant with a good reputation in Chinon is les annees 30. See details in the sidebar.
Visitors can also party with the locals by visiting any of the bars in Chinon. The most famous spot at night is the Le Café Francais, which is known to attract many singles from the city and other countries. The bar is located behind the town hall or the Hotel de Ville.
Other hotels can be found in Chinon that serve as temporary homes for international or local visitors. The Hotel Le Plantagenet, Best Western Hotel de France, and Hotel Diderot are some of the hotels located in Chinon. If you prefer to stay in a hotel near Chinon, you can book into the Chateau de Marcay or the Manoir de la Giraudiere.