Candes-Saint-Martin is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France, and I can assure that this is true. It is a tiny but beautiful village. Right at the entrance you can find an area where you can picnic by the river with tables and benches. Also in the center of the village there is an impressive collegiate church, you can't miss it. There is also a viewpoint that you can walk, cyle or drive to, with exceptional views. If you are in the area, I recommend it completely, it's a marvel.
The Collegiate was one of the places we visited in Candes-Saint-Martin. It draws attention away from its tower. You can not miss it; it is in the middle of the town and all the streets lead to it. Inside you can visit for free and you can also take pictures with a flash. From the outside, what is most striking is its tower which has black cupola and a weathervane crowning. The interior is beautiful as well, its altars and stained glass are well highlighted. Inside you can see the tomb of St. Martin, patron of this collegiate. From the back of the Collegiate, you can take the road to walk to the viewpoint.
The viewpoint at Candes-Saint-Martin can be reached by foot, bike or car, being clearly signposted throughout the town, with little signs on all crossings. We were walking, starting from the back of the Collegiate church. The road is quite steep, so that at the end you feel a little tired, but we had no problems, just a bit worn out. Once you reach the viewpoint, there are some information panels about the Loire River area, positioned on the "rock" that serves as the lookout. The River Loire views from the top are spectacular, and you can picnic there, so it's an ideal place to eat your sandwich and get your strength back.