Chinon in the Indre-et-Loire (37) is famous for its royal fortress overlooking the town. On the vine-covered hills of the Vienne, 45 km from Tours, Chinon welcomes history-lovers to its bed and breakfasts. The home town of Rabelais, Chinon, with its half-timbered houses and mansions is built at the foot of the chateau and its ramparts. Listed as a ‘town of history and art’ in 2000, the completely restored medieval old town welcomes visitors through the clock-tower gate and offers an interactive tour of the fortress. The old town, nicknamed ‘the flower of the garden of France’ is in the heart of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine natural regional park. Come and sample the wines of the Loire valley such as the AOC Chinon and the Vouvray during your excursions in the Val de Loire, a Unesco cultural landscape world heritage site. To stay immersed in the history of the region, you can visit the various forts such as Coudray and Saint-Georges. In Chinon you can discover the history of the town at the museum 'Les amis du vieux Chinon' and the secrets of wine at the interactive wine and barrel museum. Stay in the Centre region in a charming bed and breakfast in Chinon selected by Samedi Midi.