Villages of Southern Touraine
Grand Pressigny. The main tourist office for the area is
located here. It has relocated to a recently renovated
(2009)building in the village square.
The village itself is
charming and the huge investment in its
the chateau adds to its appeal.
The small hamlet of
Etableau with its chateau
ruins lies just outside the village and is worth driving through
even if just for the photo opportunity.
Other villages and places to visit in the area
where just off the
main road there is 'L'Archeolab'
a live dig and
museum of a prehistoric site.
There is also a nice little riverside park
which is good for a relaxing picnic. The village also has a choice
on the river Creuse offers safe river swimming
at the bridge, ('Le bout du pont')
before the neighbouring village of Lesigny
where there is
also a picnic area.
The village has a good
restaurant which offers a very good value lunch menu in a relaxing
is a small
quiet village that you probably will only discover by detouring off
the main tourist routes whether by car or bicycle -- or perhaps seek
it out on 'Patrimoine' day, when its normally closed 'chateau', opens
its doors to the public. There is a small park for picnicking.
Bossay sur Claise
The river Claise divides this little village to
form an 'upper' section which has the 12th century
church of St. Martin and the 'Mairie'. The' lower'
section has a main road running through it and its here
you will find the few shops that it has. There is a
small park for picnicking.
Boussay is a small
village built around its church which dates from, worth
a visit, as it offers up a surprise in the form of a grand chateau.
Sadly the chateau can only be viewed from the outside -- but it is
still worth the visit.
It is further enhanced by its moat and to circle
the chateau really gives you a feel for how it must have been in its
heyday. This would, we feel, be a deserving project for some of the
regions tourism investment money as it really is a rich asset. We
believe it is still owned by descendents of the original family but
it must be a difficult legacy to maintain.
is a charming little village in the
valley of the Claise river - it is worth making a detour to drive
through here in summer to view their floral arrangements plus the
'grotto' cut into the
rock face at one end of the lovely stone bridge.
This used to
be a place of pilgrimage and the waters from its fountain were
believed to cure eye problems.
It is illuminated at night for added effect.
on the river Creuse, in Southern Touraine. The town was home to the famous
philosopher René Descartes and there is museum dedicated
to him in the house where he was born.
There is a very good Sunday market here with a good atmosphere -
shop then join the locals for a coffee in one of the cafes.
The village offers a choice of restaurants and shops
plus there is a nice little cinema.
There is a lovely park to wander through with a
small animal park and pool complex.
is a small
sleepy village which has a proud, rich tradition. It is crossed by
two small rivers, the Brignon and the Larcon which add to its
charm. Today it is best known for its remarkable church, built on
the site of a former shrine. With its Romanesque nave and earlier
influences it is worth a visit to soak in its history. The village
puts on a good Christmas market where the church is used to showcase
the work of local crafts.
La Celle St-Avant
This is the most northerly village of Southern
Touraine and the first you will see on the way south from
Tours. It has a couple of restaurants plus a pretty church (like
built in the eleventh century by monks on the site of a chapel built
in the sixth century.
Preuilly sur Claise
is a delightful village set in rolling countryside which is
further enhanced by its riverside location. Like most villages of
the area it has a rich past which has left its mark in the
form of its housing stock,
Benedictine Abbey, Romanesque church and
small, the village boasts 4 restaurants (of varying styles and
menus) plus 2 hotels with bars.
also an open-air pool (heated) which is open during July and August.
The village has a small, twice weekly market, on
Thursday and Saturday mornings.