In Indre-et-Loire, there is a town as historic as the man who inspired it: Richelieu. King Louis XIII had it built in the 17th century for his illustrious minister. Surrounded by ramparts and moats, go through one of three monumental gates to reach La Grande Rue. Twelve metres wide and lined with numerous mansions, it was intended to be like the Cardinal de Richelieu: imposing. There are two symmetrical squares at each end. Continue your tour with a visit to the Art and History Museum, which has an exhibition of the Cardinal's memorabilia, furniture and tapestries. Likewise, at the Espace Richelieu you can learn more about this powerful man through an interactive exhibition. End your visit in the pleasant wooded park, where the scents of the rose garden are sure to catch your attention.
In July every other year, actors in period costume bring the Cardinal's era back to life at the Cape and Sword festival (Cape et Épée).
And why not leave your car behind and travel to Chinon along the greenway? That way you can discover the surrounding landscapes while enjoying a pleasant walk or bike ride.