The village of Le Grand Pressigny, 7km from Barrou ,
with its chateau ruins and prehistoric history, is not only a destination for palaeontologists but also the discerning tourist. The village has a charm of its own with all the practical features of an active community such as a bank, chemist, doctor, butcher, baker, grocer, tabac / newsagent, florist, hairdresser and post office.
There are three bars in the village 'Le Jean Bart' the ' Prehisto', to link to the
town's history and one in 'Chez Grand Ma's' restaurant.
There is a very good tourist office in the centre of the village giving
information on the delights of the Loire Valley, Touraine and also of
its close neighbours in the department of Vienne. The staff speak English and are very helpful.
There is a small Market day here every Thursday morning.
The restaurants in the village, 'Chez Grand Ma'
and 'L'Auberge Savoie-Villars'
have inside and
outside eating areas and lunchtime and evening menus to
suit most pockets. On weekdays they have a 'menu du jour' at
around € 12.00
The town throws up a few surprises as you
walk around it, no matter what time of year, like, -- Spring
by the stadium -- the Summer sun behind the
chateau -- the wild flower field
behind it in Autumn -- the narrow streets
from Winter, an all-year round delight!
There is a heated Municipal swimming pool in
the village It has a standard pool
plus paddling pools for younger
swimmers. It is open from the end of June to
the end of August from mid morning, though
as with most things in France, closes
quality of its architecture and gardens make the chateau an
interesting place to visit. The keep, built at the end of XIIth
century was later enhanced by a strong defensive enclosure with
towers. The chateau was restored around 1560 by Honorat de Savoie, a
loyal lord to the Kings of France.
The arcaded gallery built during the wars of
religion around the main courtyard shows the
care devoted to this restoration.
You can walk around the chateau grounds free
of charge and take in the great few of the
The chateau also contains the
located in a more recent building. The reason for its location here is that
Prehistoric man lived in this area for four hundred thousand
years, attracted by the abundant high-quality flint which could
be fashioned into
superb tools. Their reputation spread to other countries; in the later Neolithic
age large blades were exported, particularly to the
Models, an interactive display and videos
complete the exhibition and give much
information on the life of prehistoric man.
The public transport system within the countryside of Touraine is well subsidised making access to the
city of Tours from villages affordable. So you can still take advantage of this lovely city without using the car. To travel up from Le Grand Pressigny you will be charged only € 2.40 - great value and a good day out ! The bus stop is at the 'Salle de fete' where you can park your car safely to pick up on your return.