Candes-Saint-Martin is ranked among the 156 most "beautiful villages in France". It is one of the oldest Gallo-Roman villages of the Loire Valley. It still has its medieval structure and offers an exceptional built heritage.
Candes-Saint-Martin built heritage is very rich. Many of its buildings are classified as historical monuments.
The village offers a typical urban landscape of the Loire Valley: big houses tufa stone covered with black slate. Small steep streets where you can stroll will take you to different remarkable places not to be missed.
Candes-Saint-Martin is closely linked to the life of St. Martin of Tours. He died in 397 at the same location of the collegiate current, which is dedicated to him. It is a jewel of the Angevin Gothic architecture, built in the late twelfth early thirteenth century. Some military architectural elements were added to it in the fifteenth century (buttresses, battlements, ramparts and battlements).
Considered one of the most beautiful villages in France this medieval village with cobbled streets and flowering has preserved beautiful houses.
Candes-Saint-Martin also presents an extraordinary landscape. It lies in the heart of the Loire Valley, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and Parc Loire Anjou Touraine. Its terrain is divided into three entities: the plateau, the valley and the hillside.
The plateau at ninety meters above Candes-Saint-Martin, offers a magnificent panorama of the valley of the Loire and Vienne, and especially the famous confluence of the two rivers. Over the centuries, erosion has created a very steep hill which is a characteristic of this tight town between Vienna and vineyards...
Skippers Candes-Saint-Martin essential activity of up to half of the nineteenth century is still found through place names (Street Mariners, Port, Fishermen...), but especially with the restoration of the hold where sailors boats and traditional boats continue to address.
The best overall view of the village remains also the "Pointe du Véron" (face it, between the two rivers) where the imposing collegiate seems ensure the tranquility of the village.