Candes-Saint-Martin

Candes-Saint-Martin

Candes-Saint-Martin is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire département and is among the most beautiful villages in France. The houses in the village are magnificent and some date from the 15th century. The decoration seems to be inspired by the details that give their charm to the châteaux in the area.

As you pass through the village, you will discover the underground dwellings carved into the cliff. You should not miss the Rue du Bas where Loire sailors used to live during the time when Candes-Saint-Martin was a fishing port. You can also admire the collegiate church, once frequented by a number of French and English kings.

If you like walking, you can climb the hill overlooking the village and enjoy the splendid view of the rooftops and the rivers. Candes-Saint-Martin is situated at the confluence of the Loire and the Vienne, on a hillside giving visitors a fine vantage point, particularly from the bridge over the Vienne. The church was built on the spot where Saint Martin died in 397.