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Montsoreau

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Montsoreau is a village of the Loire Valley, in Pays de la Loire. Its castle of the Loire Valley, the Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the first Renaissance buildings in France.

Understand[edit]

View of the Loire river from the Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art
Montsoreau and its Castle
Street

Considered the Saint-Tropez of the Loire Valley, due to its proximity with the Loire, this place is built all along the Loire and features the Chateau of Montsoreau, the only Loire Valley castle built in the riverbed. Artists and writers from Rabelais and Turner to Alexandre Dumas and Rodin contributed to the village's fame.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Montsoreau is surrounded by five airports, Nantes, Angers, Tours, Poitiers, Rennes and Paris Charles de Gaulle less than two hours. The closest international airports are Tours-Val de Loire Airport (70 km) and Nantes-Atlantique Airport (159 km). The national connections can be made by the airports of Angers-Loire (59 km), Poitiers-Biard (80 km). Loire shuttles connect Saumur to Montsoreau. These airports allow it to easily connect international destinations. The connections between the airports and the village can be made by TGV, TER trains, or car.

  • 1 Nantes airport.
  • 2 Saumur St-Hilaire-Saint-Florent airport.
  • 3 Tours airport.
  • 4 Angers - Marcé airport (25 minutes de Saumur). Angers – Loire Airport (Q2849564) on Wikidata
  • 5 Rennes airport. Rennes – Saint-Jacques Airport (Q1432593) on Wikidata

By train[edit]

Saumur and Port-Boulet are the two train stations next to Montsoreau.

  • From Saumur :
  • From Port-Boulet :
    • 7 Port-Boulet train station, Place de la gare. (Q3097321) on Wikidata
    • 8 Tours train station, 1 place du Général-Leclerc. Tours railway station (Q1876295) on Wikidata
    • 9 Saint-Pierre-des-Corps train station, 67 rue Fabienne Landy, 37700 Saint-Pierre-des-Corps. Gare de Saint-Pierre-des-Corps (Q3097610) on Wikidata

A system of regular shuttles by train connects the train stations of Tours and Saint-Pierre-des-Corps (price of a bus ticket).

By bus[edit]

The Saumur-Val de Loire agglomeration Bus network connects Montsoreau to Fontevraud, Turquant, Parnay, Souzay-Champigny, and Saumur.

By car[edit]

Montsoreau is best accessed by the D952 road, along the banks of the Loire. From Paris, Bordeaux or Nantes, take Highway A10.

By boat[edit]

By bicycle[edit]

Montsoreau is a privileged route of Loire à Vélo, accessible from most major cities and SNCF railway stations by bike.

Get around[edit]

Montsoreau is a fairly small town, so it could be easily explored on foot.

See[edit]

Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art
  • 1 Château de Montsoreau-Musée d'art contemporain, Château de Montsoreau, +33 2 41 67 12 60, e-mail: . WV-Unesco-icon-small.svg UNESCO World Heritage site Housed in the first castle of the Loire to have been built, this museum contains the world's largest collection of Art & Language works, assembled by Philippe Méaille during the last 25 years. Art & Language is a british art movement that has invented and deeply influenced conceptual art and music. The museum includes most famous works of Art & Language, including their renowned Mirror piece, and hosts at least two temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists a year, and many conferences. Photography is permitted. Backpacks are not permitted, but there are free lockers after entrance. Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art on Wikipedia Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art (Q36698440) on Wikidata
Windmill of la tranchée
  • 2 Moulin de la tranchée. Historical monument Windmill of La Tranchée (Q3325863) on Wikidata
  • 3 Dolmen de la Pierrelée. Historical monument (Q3034100) on Wikidata
  • 4 Église Saint-Pierre. (Q3584005) on Wikidata

Do[edit]

Sport[edit]

Beaches[edit]

  • 5 Confluence Beach. Swimming is allowed. Place very busy in summer, it is advisable to arrive early.
  • 6 Water skiing. Authorized practice on the Loire
  • 7 Canoeing, +33 2 41 51 17 65. Departure from Montsoreau
  • 8 Canoeing, +33 6 23 82 96 33. Departure from Chinon
  • 9 Fishing, +33 2 41 51 70 22. Day cards or holiday cards available.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

Jean 2
  • 1 Jean 2, Château de Montsoreau, +33 2 41 67 12 60. Restaurant of the Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art, serving slates of delicatessen and local cheeses. Specialty: natural wines and home-made hamburger with french fries.
  • 2 Restaurant du Saut aux Loups.
  • 3 Le pt'it bar, 3 Place du mail.
  • 4 Le lion d'or, 1 Place du mail.
  • 5 Créperie la fleur de sel, 4, quai Philippe de Commines.
  • 6 Créperie la dentellière, 15, quai Philippe de Commines.
  • 7 Le mail, 13, place du mail.
  • 8 Bateau l'Amarante, Quai Philippe de Commines.
  • Le Montsorelli, 5, rue Jehanne d'Arc.
  • 9 Péniche l'Aigue Marine, Quai Alexandre Dumas.
  • 10 Restaurant Diane de Méridor, 12, quai Philippe de Commines.
  • 11 Indian restaurant Le 2, 2, place du mail.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • 1 Camping Isle verte.

Mid-range[edit]

  • 2 Hôtel Le Bussy.

Splurge[edit]

  • 3 Hôtel & Spa La Marine de Loire.

Go next[edit]

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