An area steeped in history and heritage, formerly enjoyed by the Kings of France, the Loire Vally is nowadays highly prized by tourists and holidaymakers who come to discover its famous Renaissance castles, charming villages, gastronomic specialities and wines. This lush, green destination is also ideal for walkers, and nature and the forest have pride of place there. Examples include the mysterious, Sologne, the immense forest of Orleans or the banks of the famous wild river, which are listed as a World Heritage Site and a Natura 2000 site. The many splendid French and English-style gardens in the region are sure to delight lovers of collectible plants!
But Val de Loire is above all known for its world-famous castles, which have all made their mark on France's history. Chambord and its famous estate, Villandry and its remarkable gardens, Azay-le-Rideau and its romantic park, Amboise and its unforgettable panoramic views of the Loire Valley, as well as Chenonceau and its romantic arches over the Cher, are just a few of the magical sites you can enjoy on a weekend or a longer break...
The towns, meanwhile, are not to be outdone and are brimming with architectural treasures from the medieval and Renaissance eras. Tours and its museums, Blois and its royal castle or Orleans and its Place du Martroi, to name but a few, are sure to delight lovers of culture and old buildings.
Visitors can enjoy a mild climate while exploring the Loire Valley vineyard. It's a chance to stop by one of the many cellars and sample a glass of Anjou or Touraine wine. Between two visits, what could be nicer than some outdoor activity, like hiking, a horse ride or a canoe-kayak trip down the Loire or the Cher!