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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Vienne

Located in the Vienne, in region New-Aquitaine, Monts-sur-Guesnes is a small village of about 700 inhabitants. It takes place some fifteen kilometers from Loudun, in the former province of Anjou.

Formerly a high place of defense, as evidenced by the presence of a fortified castle, the village of Monts-sur-Guesnes was for a long time English land. Today, it is best known for its tourist activity, as well as for its important architectural heritage that reveals a rich past.

Nature lovers will also appreciate the landscapes that surround this municipality with multiple influences, as well as the possibility of doing some interesting marked hiking in the vicinity of Monts-sur-Guesnes. Its geographical location makes it also a very pleasant place to spend a few days of holidays.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude46.9182910 (N 46° 55’ 6”)
Longitude0.2098780 (E 0° 12’ 36”)
AltitudeFrom 66m to 146m
Surface area11.40 km²
Population817 inhabitants
Density71 inhabitants/km²
PrefecturePoitiers (29 mi, 47 min)
Insee code86167
IntercommunalityCC du Pays Loudunais

Nearest cities & towns

Prinçay2.2 mi (7 min)
Dercé2.5 mi (7 min)
Guesnes3.1 mi (8 min)
Berthegon3.4 mi (8 min)
Saires3.5 mi (10 min)
La Roche-Rigault4.1 mi (8 min)
Maulay4.6 mi (12 min)
Verrue5.1 mi (12 min)
Savigny-sous-Faye5.7 mi (13 min)
Orches6.4 mi (13 min)
La Chaussée6.5 mi (17 min)
Nueil-sous-Faye6.5 mi (13 min)
Aulnay6.5 mi (16 min)
Angliers7 mi (15 min)
Doussay7 mi (18 min)

Things to see and do

Built around the 15th century, the castle of Monts mixes the Gothic and Renaissance styles. Following collapses in the 1970s, the central building was bought by the municipality and underwent many renovations. Classified as Historical Monuments, the chapel and the enclosure are not without interest, as is the main building. The latter, in white tufa stone, reveals a Gothic door as well as carved friezes. The town is also home to Purnon Castle, built at the end of the 15th century.

Equipped with two naves built in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Saint-Laurent-et-Saint-Hilaire church has been a parish church since 1810. Inside, it is possible to admire three Carrara marble epitaphs dedicated to a large Family of local lords.

The Green Line, built on an old railway line, offers thirty-seven kilometers of trails for cyclists, pedestrians or riders. Surrounded by playgrounds and discovery panels, it allows to appreciate the architectural and natural heritage of the region of Monts-sur-Guesnes.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

The market is held on Friday and Saturday morning.

In March, the town hosts the Days of History with conferences, cultural visits or projections.

The municipality also offers a Christmas market at the end of the year.


Thursday 20 february
Min. 6°C - Max. 12°C
Friday 21 february
Min. 1°C - Max. 12°C
Saturday 22 february
Min. 1°C - Max. 15°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Futuroscope 1 Day Pass
Entertainment36 € Chasseneuil-du-Poitou (19 mi)
Futuroscope 2-Day Pass
Entertainment65 € Chasseneuil-du-Poitou (19 mi)
Futuroscope Evening Ticket
Entertainment20 € Chasseneuil-du-Poitou (19 mi)
Wine tasting at Domaine Lavigne
Local flavoursFreeVarrains (24 mi)
Wine cellar tour and tasting
Local flavoursFreeSaint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil (26 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Great Sacred Path
HikeEasy3h00Mouterre-Silly (8.8 mi)
HikeEasy1h30Nouâtre (18.5 mi)
Hamlet of La Basse Chevrière
Village visitEasy3h00Saché (28 mi)
Mysteries and old stones
HikeEasy3h00Saché (28 mi)
Barn Vaugarni
HikeEasy2h00Pont-de-Ruan (29 mi)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals



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