The beautiful village of
Montrésor is located in the department of Indre-et-Loire,
1hour southeast of Tours and 17km east of the medieval
town of Loches.
Montrésor is listed as one of the
beautiful villages in France',
it is indeed a very pretty place - these awards are given to
villages in France (151 at the last count) that share the
same passion and ambition to promote and recognize the
quality of their heritage, history, culture and their desire
to conserve their individuality and authenticity.
A large part of its heritage revolves
around the delightfulChateau de Montresorwhich sits on its prominent
position overlooking the village.
it, at the foot of its protective wall you will find the
villages main restaurant, the popular
'Cafe de la Ville' plus
timbered 'Halles des Cardeaux' which is currently
hosting an exhibition of beautiful three dimensional
coloured glass backlit panels described as 'Gemmail' on
the first floor.
Further down the road (Grande Rue) you will find a very
good tourist office which, as well as having all the
local information you'll need also stocks local produce.
Your host is Rebecca an English lady who is also fluent
in French and very knowledgeable about the local area.
Continuing down Grande Rue in the direction of the
church you will find the ramp leading to the entrance of
the chateau plus it is also the route to discover the
interesting little streets of the village.
The walks offers many great photo opportunities with the
church of Saint John the Baptist, which is a 'must
see',often taking centre stage. The church was built
between 1519 & 1541 in the Gothic style but with a
Renaissance portal. The college at the bottom of the
nave, founded by Imbert
de Bastarnay houses his tomb, it
has three magnificent white marble effigies. Inside there is a 17th
century painting 'the Annunciation
by Philippe de Champaigne.You can read more
here on the church.
visiting the church follow the route down on to Rue Xavier
Branicki and admire some
houses. There is also a second eating option here a creperie but it
is only open in 'high season'.
The village of Montresor certainly has all the right
credentials as a 'most beautiful village'. It has charm by the barrow-load and though it
is not a large place, its little streets are a joy to walk
along as they take you back in time. There is a lane off
Rue Xavier Branicki that takes the walk over a bridge on to
the other side and along the river Indrois where you will
catch a view of the lavoir and a different view of the
Take a walk around
the village of Montresor in Pictures