Hidden among rolling green hills, this town typifies the gentle way of life of the French countryside.
Enjoy a friendly café culture and visit boutique stores in Savonnières. Relax for an hour or two on the banks of the river or head deep underground to explore fascinating caves.
Pass long hours ambling along Rue Principale in the town center and visit shops that sell handmade clothes and garments. Market stalls offer delicious fresh meat, cheese and vegetables. Rest at one of the roadside cafés and enjoy a croissant while local residents bustle past.
Continue toward the river’s edge to watch the rushing whitewater across the weir and see small wooden boats moored nearby. Take a picnic and spend an afternoon in the sun on the grassy banks.
Take a 5-minute stroll west to Les Grottes Pétrifiantes to reach the town’s ancient cave system. Discovered only in 1947, this mystical labyrinth has been slowly taking shape since prehistoric times. View long stalagmites and stalactites illuminated by green lights. Catch sight of the glistening clear liquid in deep pools. As you walk slowly on the winding path, view displays of ancient pottery as well as figures of the carnivorous creatures that once patrolled here. See two caves on the self-guided walking tour, which takes about an hour to complete and finishes with a wine tasting.
Head back up to the surface and let your eyes readjust as you walk toward the heart of town. Indulge in a multi-course meal at one of the small restaurants or cook your own creation from the selection of organic produce available nearby.
Savonnières is in the department of Indre-et-Loire in central France, a region to savour for its superb culture and splendid food.