The “Plus beaux détours de France » are small tourist towns where you are always sure of finding a warm welcome and somewhere to stay, interesting historical sites, a unique identity, good food, a range of crafts and, of course, a lively market or a local festival. Our town is also classified as a “petite cité de caractère” (little town with lots of character), “station verte” (natural resort) and “Ville fleurie” with 3 flowers, a label indicating quality of life.
At the junction of Anjou and Poitou, Montreuil Bellay is special for its outstanding mediaeval buildings.
The village still has three rings of ramparts, fortifiedentrances and its castle. It is in a green setting on the River Thouet, with the accent on nature and water sports. The magnificent Saint-Pierre stairway provides a superb panoramic view over the Thouet and links
the lower and upper parts of the town. Explore all the striking architecture by following the heritage trail: the gateways, the ramparts, the Saint-Jean hospital and the Nobis Priory with exhibitions throughout the season, the collegiate church, the private houses with their spiral staircases…or stroll around the botanic gardens and the Nobis site with its île aux Moines (Monks island).
Come and enjoy some of our regular events: the Book and Arts Show in February, the Thouet in Spring, the comic book festival and Les Médiévales in May, the music festival in June and the gypsy music festival in August, Festivini (wine festival), the national heritage days and the cinema festival in September, the Autumn festival in October, and the Christmas Market to round off the year in the middle of December.