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Descartes - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Indre-et-Loire

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.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude46.9735390 (N 46° 58’ 25”)
Longitude0.6986660 (E 0° 41’ 55”)
AltitudeFrom 37m to 121m
Surface area38.08 km²
Population3839 inhabitants
Density100 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureTours (58 km, 47 min)
Insee code37115
IntercommunalityCC de la Touraine du Sud
TerritoryLoire Valley, Touraine
RegionCentre-Loire Valley

Nearest cities & towns

Buxeuil2.3 km (5 min)
Abilly4.9 km (7 min)
Saint-Rémy-sur-Creuse5.1 km (9 min)
Neuilly-le-Brignon7.5 km (11 min)
Leugny9.1 km (12 min)
Cussay9.6 km (10 min)
Les Ormes10 km (16 min)
Marcé-sur-Esves10.4 km (13 min)
Civray-sur-Esves10.7 km (16 min)
La Celle-Saint-Avant10.8 km (13 min)
Dangé-Saint-Romain11 km (15 min)
La Guerche11.2 km (11 min)
Le Grand-Pressigny11.6 km (14 min)
Paulmy11.7 km (18 min)
Ligueil12.8 km (13 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres

Events and festivities


Medieval public garden
Medieval public garden
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Church of Our Lady of the Hague
Church of Our Lady of the Hague
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Bridge Henri IV
Bridge Henri IV
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Swimming pool
Swimming pool
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Thursday 19 october
Min. 14°C - Max. 19°C
Friday 20 october
Min. 11°C - Max. 20°C
Saturday 21 october
Min. 10°C - Max. 18°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Hot-air ballooning over Touraine
Nature and the great outdoors134 € to 179 € Sainte-Catherine-de-Fierbois (21 km)
Traditional French cookery lessons
Local flavours2150 € Yzeures-sur-Creuse (21 km)
Fun dog hiking trip with a Siberian Husky
Nature and the great outdoors15 € to 25 € Jaulnay (22 km)
Outing with a musher and their pack of Siberian Huskies
Nature and the great outdoors39 € to 98 € Jaulnay (22 km)
Futuroscope Day Pass
Entertainment45 € Chasseneuil-du-Poitou (43 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
HikeEasy1h30Nouâtre (14.2 km)
Dolus-le-Sec Wind Turbine
Village visitEasy30 minDolus-le-Sec (26 km)
Hamlet of La Basse Chevrière
Village visitEasy3h00Saché (33 km)
Mysteries and old stones
HikeEasy3h00Saché (33 km)
Barn Vaugarni
HikeEasy2h00Pont-de-Ruan (33 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals


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