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Chinon is a small picturesque town in France's Loire Valley. Once home to English and French kings, the fortress-like castle and old town still remain beautifully preserved along the hillside. The rest of the town spreads out along both sides of the Vienne river while vineyards embellish the landscape even further. Couples and groups, young and old, will be impressed by the region's excellent quality of food and wine and families will enjoy taking in Chinon's enchanting history. At Hotels.com, we take our guests' needs seriously and provide up-to-date details that include real guest reviews. As a result, we are able to narrow each guest's search until they are left with only the best Chinon hotels at the price and in the location they are looking for.
What's Chinon Like?
The heart of Chinon centers around the great Château de Chinon, which has been largely restored. It is where Richard the Lionhearted was born and where Joan of Arc came to meet Charles VII. Much of the surrounding medieval streets and structures remain and add an unequivocal grace to Chinon. Rue Voltaire is a great example of this area with wonderful old houses and buildings as well as shops and restaurants. There's also some significant churches and chapels to take in including the Chapel of Saint Radegonde and Church of Saint Maurice. Bike paths, traditional boat rides and canoeing along the Vienne river and hiking up to the surrounding vineyards are all great ways to truly enjoy Chinon's scenery. Chinon hotels make a visit to Chinon uncomplicated by offering a host of great savings and locations for visitors.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Chinon
In this part of France, meals are often served at specific times so plan trips to local restaurants accordingly. However, in between meals, it's easy enough to visit a cafe for a quick bite or a wine cellar for a quick tasting. Traditional local dishes include: mussels à la marinère and mussel soup with saffron, matelote d'anguilles (an eel and red wine stew), charbonnée (pig stew with onions cooked in a Chinon sauce), roast duck as well as boudin noir (blood sausage). Some basic knowledge of French is highly recommended, but since the region caters to wine tourism, relying on some English shouldn't be too difficult. Hotels.com matches guests to the best Chinon hotels through simple logic: We know our guests want the best locations at the best prices and that their trust in us is based on honest reviews from real hotel guests.