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Guide of the Loire Valley

Tourism, holidays & weekends in the Loire Valley

Guide of the Loire Valley - Tourism, holidays & weekends in the Loire Valley

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!

Guide of the Loire Valley

Maine-et-Loire

The cities of Angers and Saumur with their rich built heritage, the sumptuous chateaux of the Loire valley and the famous Fontevraud abbey are some of the opportunities on offer to visitors of the Maine-et-Loire.

Indre-et-Loire

The Indre-et-Loire is renowned for its prestigious castles, among which the majestic Royal Château d'Amboise and the romantic Château de Chenonceau, but also for its fine wines from the Touraine vineyards.

Loiret

Orléans forest is the biggest national forest in France and is located in the Loiret, which also boasts the Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire abbey, a wonderful example of Romanesque art, as well as the numerous other architectural gems.

Loir-et-Cher

Combining nature and fantastic architecture, the Loir-et-Cher offers visitors the famous Château de Chambord, a masterpiece of the Renaissance period, the town of Blois with its rich heritage, and the Sologne with its landscapes of forests and ponds.

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