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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Descartes
Insee code37115
AltitudeFrom 37 to 121 meters
Surface38.08 km²
Population3874 inhabitants
Density101 inhabitants/km²


National labelBuxeuil at 2.3 km (5 min)
Chief townTours (at 58 km, 47 min)Abilly at 4.9 km (7 min)
DepartmentIndre-et-LoireSaint-Rémy-sur-Creuse at 5.1 km (9 min)
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Active City of South Touraine, Descartes is located at the entrance to the valley of the Creuse Touraine, midway between the castles of the Loire, the Parc de la Brenne and Futuroscope. This real val Touraine between the plates and wood-crowned hills of Touraine and Poitou is a mecca of prehistory.

There are over 500,000 years, humans settled there to exploit the flint whose size and shaping provided knives, axes or fists, essential tools for survival and which were exported in many countries Europe.

Descartes is, from the earliest times, a busy thoroughfare and a major industrial city.

The medieval city of The Hague in Touraine, owes its present name in Descartes philosopher and mathematician of international renown, Rene Descartes, who was born March 31, 1596. His birthplace, now a museum dedicated to him.

Heritage House, a beautiful 19th century building, near the museum Descartes, presents the second important figure in the city, the writer René Boylesve Descartes born in The Hague April 14, 1867. A collection of lace caps and Touraine are also exposed and a small museum of prehistory and geology.

With its historical assets, its picturesque natural setting, Descartes now has many amenities that will satisfy everyone's tastes.

The tourist, as the inhabitants, has a large sports complex with indoor arena, stadium, tennis (two seats), velodrome, dojo, bowling ... A leisure park offers water park, tennis, mini golf and a vast lake for canoeing or kayaking.

Fans can also fish in waters, attend the circuits for cycling and hiking and equestrian trails, or do the many excursions that assess the sites, monuments and museums around Descartes.


  • Museum Rene Descartes (mid-March to mid-November - every day from 14h to 18h except Tuesday).
  • Rene Boylesve Museum, Heritage House (July 1 to August 31 - ask at the Tourist Office).
  • Notre Dame de la Hague (XII - 13th centuries).
  • St. George Church (XII - 15th centuries).
  • Church of St. Peter Balesmes (twelfth century).
  • Place crossing the line (WWII).
  • Public Garden (rare tropical plants, medicinal, rose garden).
  • Following the footsteps of "Cartesian" you will discover the great and the story of the city of "three René" (Rene Descartes, Rene and Rene Boylesve Buxeuil) and the various sites and monuments of Descartes. What to do on foot, by bike or car.
  • Amusement park: Aquatic - Canoeing - Mini-golf - tennis - Petanque - Playgrounds and picnic - Fishing.
  • Skate park - Land BMX - Velodrome - Bowls - Football Stadium - Dojo - Shooting Range.
  • Recreation Centre.
  • Cinema - Public Space Multimedia - Library.
Detailed information
Information pointsVisitor Information Centre of Descartes
Leisure centresMuseum Descartes
MonumentsBirthplace of Descartes,   Church Notre-Dame de la Haye,   Church Saint-Pierre de Balesmes


  • Art Exhibition: February or March.
  • Bargain garage sales: the first or second weekend of June.
  • Night market: the first Friday in August.
  • Christmas Market: 2nd Wednesday in December.
  • Fireworks: December 31.


  • Visits:
  • Ethni'Cité in Saint-Remy-sur-Creuse.
  • Archéolab to Abilly.
  • Museum of Prehistory in the Grand Pressigny.
  • The Castle Guerche.
  • Activities:
  • Horseback riding in the Grand Pressigny.
  • Golf in La Roche-Posay.
  • Hiking trails in South Touraine.
Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Le Châtelier Castle music festivalCulture and education12 €Paulmy (8.7 km)
Hot-air ballooning over TouraineNature and the outdoorsFrom 134 € to 179 €Sainte-Catherine-de-Fierbois (21 km)

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Public Garden MedievalPublic Garden Medieval
Church of Our Lady of The HagueChurch of Our Lady of The Hague
Pont Henri IVPont Henri IV
Aquatic areaAquatic area



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Saturday 20 December
Min. 8°C - Max. 10°C
Sunday 21 December
Min. 5°C - Max. 10°C
Monday 22 December
Min. 2°C - Max. 9°C


Apartment with 1 bedroomGîte de la brioche  
Les Ormes
Accomodation with its own entrance, including: - Kitchen (microwave, refrigerator, washer) - Bedroom. - Bathroom with shower and washbasin cabinet. - wc. - Baby cot, high chair, a small...
Located 7.2 km from Descartes60 € the double room 
Farm with 2 bedroomsLa Lavande et La Salamandre    
The Marquetière surrounded by rolling fields and small forests offers a peaceful place and verdure. Excellent starting point for your visit: castles, abbeys, vineyards, wildlife parks,...
Located 7.9 km from Descartes59 € the double room 
Farm with 3 bedroomsLa Ferme Blanche  
18th century farmhouse of character, elegant decor and authentic. Features refined, quiet and rest assured in the heart of Touraine countryside, close to all sites in the Loire Valley,...
Located 9.5 km from DescartesFrom 140 € to 165 € the double room 

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House for 4 personsMaison aux Hirondelles de la Chatière
Annex charming old mansion Flaps restored with taste and elegance in a historic and lush countryside.. Large private pool.
Located 6.5 km from DescartesFrom 650 € to 1257 € per week 
House for 6 personsLa vigenna' sweet-Home' 4 étoiles  
Les Ormes
Holiday ideally situated at the crossroads of Poitou-Charentes and Touraine. Many historic sites to visit. In the village elms, castle and post horses. You are 25 minutes from the Futuroscope....
Located 7 km from DescartesFrom 900 € to 1200 € per week 
House for 6 personsGite Aux Jardin's de la Bosnière  
Peace and nature in a renovated farmhouse for 6 persons and 2 children, all year round. Possibility of relaxation treatments at home ( partnership. Kitchen living...
Located 8.4 km from Descartes400 € per week 

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90 places over 2 haLes bords de vienne    
The heart of the Loire chateaux and vineyards of Chinon, 40 minutes from the Futuroscope camping the edges of vienna you care. 90 shaded or sunny in a beautiful park of two hectares,...
Located 26 km from DescartesFrom 12 € to 17 € per day 

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Le Savoie Villars - Hotel in DescartesLe Savoie Villars    
Le Grand-Pressigny
Set in a renovated coaching inn, in Grand-Pessigny, this hotel offers a regional restaurant and a shaded terrace. The large dining room features exposed beams and a luster. Roche Posay...
Located 10 km from DescartesRoom from 58 €
Logis Hostellerie Du Cheval Blanc - Hotel in DescartesLogis Hostellerie Du Cheval Blanc     
This Logis hotel offers affordable accommodation with free Wi-Fi internet access and free parking. It is located in the heart of Touraine, a 30-minute drive from Tours. Guest rooms...
Located 16.6 km from DescartesRoom from 58 €
Hostellerie Les Hauts De Sainte Maure - Hotel in DescartesHostellerie Les Hauts De Sainte Maure     
This former 16th-century post house now offers elegant accommodation amidst a flowered, verdant area in Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine. Hostellerie Les Hauts De Sainte Maure features 11 luxury...
Located 17 km from DescartesRoom from 119 €

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Le Clos d'Amboise
Housed in a mansion in the heart of the old town, Le Clos D'amboise is surrounded by a large landscaped garden. The property was built in the 17th century....
Oceania L'Univers Tours
This truly historic boutique hotel opened its doors in 1846. It is perfectly located in the city centre in the heart of the...
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