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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 (47 km, 47 min)
Insee code86167
IntercommunalityCC du Pays Loudunais

Nearest cities & towns

Prinçay3.6 km (7 min)
Dercé4 km (7 min)
Guesnes5 km (8 min)
Berthegon5.4 km (8 min)
Saires5.7 km (10 min)
La Roche-Rigault6.6 km (8 min)
Maulay7.4 km (12 min)
Verrue8.2 km (12 min)
Savigny-sous-Faye9.1 km (13 min)
Orches10.3 km (13 min)
La Chaussée10.4 km (17 min)
Nueil-sous-Faye10.4 km (13 min)
Aulnay10.4 km (16 min)
Angliers11.2 km (15 min)
Doussay11.2 km (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 lectures, cultural visits or projections.

The town also has a Christmas market at year end.


Castle Monts
Castle Monts
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Tuesday 9 august
Min. 17°C - Max. 34°C
Wednesday 10 august
Min. 18°C - Max. 35°C
Thursday 11 august
Min. 19°C - Max. 35°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Karting on the Loudun circuit
Sports sensations5 € to 16 € Bournand (19.2 km)
Guided tour of Ternay Castle
Culture and education10 € Ternay (23 km)
Saumur Forest Aventures leisure park
Nature and the great outdoors23 € Saint-Hilaire-Saint-Florent (46 km)
English course with residential immersion
Culture and education1140 € Vausseroux (49 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Great Sacred Path
HikeEasy3h00Mouterre-Silly (14.2 km)
Ternay Castle Park
HikeEasy2h00Ternay (23 km)
HikeEasy1h30Nouâtre (30 km)
Hamlet of La Basse Chevrière
Village visitEasy3h00Saché (44 km)
Mysteries and old stones
HikeEasy3h00Saché (44 km)


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