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Montresor village skyline in the Loire Valley

The beautiful village of Montrésor is located in the department of Indre-et-Loire, 1hour southeast of Tours and 17km east of the medieval town of Loches.

Montrésor is listed as one of the 'Most beautiful villages in France', it is indeed a very pretty place - these awards are given to villages in France (151 at the last count) that share the same passion and ambition to promote and recognize the quality of their heritage, history, culture and their desire to conserve their individuality and authenticity.

chateau Montresor in the Loire Valley

A large part of its heritage revolves around the delightful Chateau de  Montresor which sits on its prominent position overlooking the village.

Cafe de la Ville in Montresor France

 Behind it, at the foot of its protective wall you will find the villages main restaurant, the popular 'Cafe de la Ville' plus its ancient timbered 'Halles des Cardeaux' which is currently hosting an exhibition of beautiful three dimensional coloured glass backlit panels described as 'Gemmail' on the first floor.

Halles des Cardeaux in Montresor France

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Further down the road (Grande Rue) you will find a very good tourist office which, as well as having all the local information you'll need, also stocks local produce. Your host is Rebecca an English lady who is also fluent in French and very knowledgeable about the local area.

Tourist office in Montresor France

Continuing down Grande Rue in the direction of the church you will find the ramp leading to the entrance of the chateau plus it is also the route to discover the interesting little streets of the village.

street scene in Montresor France

The walks offers many great photo opportunities with the church of Saint John the Baptist, which is a 'must see',often taking centre stage. The church was built between 1519 & 1541 in the Gothic style but with a Renaissance portal. The college at the bottom of the nave, founded by Imbert de Bastarnay houses his tomb, it has three magnificent white marble effigies. Inside there is a 17th century painting 'the Annunciation by Philippe de Champaigne.You can read more here on the church.

Houses and church in Montresor France

Saint John the Baptist church in Montresor

Saint John the Baptist church in Montresor from field below village

the beautiful village of Montresor in the Loire Valley France

 After visiting the church follow the route down on to Rue Xavier Branicki and admire some pretty little half-timbered houses. There is also a second eating option here a creperie but it is only open in 'high season'.

Half timbered house in Montresor France

Creperie in the village of Montresor

 The village of Montresor certainly has all the right credentials as a 'most beautiful village'. It has charm by the barrow-load and though it is not a large place, its little streets are a joy to walk along as they take you back in time. There is a lane off Rue Xavier Branicki that takes the walk over a bridge on to the other side and along the river Indrois where you will catch a view of the lavoir and a different view of the chateau.

Lavoir on the river Indrois in Montresor

Chateau at Montresor with river in foreground

 Take a walk around the village of Montresor in Pictures



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