Candes-Saint-Martin, between the Loire and Vienne.

Candes-Saint-Martin, officially “un des plus beaux villages de France.” Tours Loire Valley Candes-Saint-Martin, between the Loire and Vienne. © Stevens Frémont

Published on 21/05/2017

Officially one of the most beautiful villages in France (Les plus beaux villages de France), Candes-Saint-Martin is picture perfect: on the north bank of the Loire River, the village’s white tuffeau stone lies between the bright blue sky and deep blue Loire. Add sandy banks and gabare boats and you’ve got the perfect photo!

Candes-Saint-Martin, an ancient port

The village lies where the Loire and Vienne meetand naturally became a river port. The Delaporte brothers keep history alive with Loire Valley tours on their traditional gabare boats, the Amarante and Belle Adèle. Whether you choose a 45 minute ride, a twilight trip (90 minutes) or a romantic overnight stay in the middle of the Loire Valley, this is an experience you’ll never forget!  

La belle Adèle - Candes-Saint-Martin
On board the Belle Adèle

Saint Martin’s home village

The man who cut his cape in two to share it with a beggar is none other than Martin of Tours (Saint Martin). The piece of cape he kept then became an object of worship and is the origin of the word “chapel”, the place where people came to see the famous cape!

Many villages may bear his name but it was here in Candes-Saint-Martin that the saint died. The beautiful Saint-Martin collegiate church where his house once stood.

This is where the legend of “Saint Martin’s summer” was born. Legend has it that the flowers bloom along the Loire in November to accompany Martin of Tours’ remains which were transported by boat to the basilica in Tours.

Candes-Saint-Martin et sa collégiale
Candes-Saint-Martin and its collegiate church

Visit Candes-Saint-Martin and its surroundings

An easy 3.5km walk will take you along this pretty village’s quaintest lanes. The village lies near to Montsoreau, another lovely town with an unmissable château. Within a 10km radius you’ll find famous Loire Valley castles including Château de ChinonFontevraud Abbey and Château de Saumur as well as must-see sites such as the Musée Rabelais, Musée des Mariniers and the village of Turquant which is famous for its caves.

Candes-Saint-Martin is a great base for Loire Valley wine tours in the heart of the winemaking golden triangle amongst the AOC Bourgueil, Chinon and Saumur wines.

If you’d like to stay here, take a look at the guestrooms and gites Loire Valley at the Château de Candes: you won’t regret it!

Château de Candes - Touraine
Holiday rental - Château de Candes

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