Your guide on what to do and see in the Loire Valley
What are the top things to see and do in
the Loire Valley:
Our guide to
the Loire Valley /
Centre - Val de Loire will
show you the diverse range of
attractions on offer in this beautiful
you make the most of your stay by
providing practical, helpful information
on things to do and see.
There are so many places
to visit in the region that once you
have sampled the
you'll want to return time and time
again. It's the perfect place for your
holiday in France...and
it's more than just chateaux.
Here the rich landscape offers great
rivers, vibrant cities like
beautiful villages like
Montresor, natural parks in
La Brenne and Anjou, some of the best
wines of France and a host of local
delicacy's. There is a plethora of
festivals throughout the year to give
you a taste of the region's unique
culture and heritage.
The area also has been
touched by many
historical figures from
Richard the Lionheart to
Joan of Arc and Leonardo de
Vinci. It has also inspired
poets and novelists for
centuries, with some of its
native sons, such as
Rabelais and Balzac, using
the area as a setting their
(the longest in France) is the thread
that binds this area together but its
tributaries of the Cher, the Vienne, the
Indre and other rivers in the region
such as the Creuse and the Claise give
an added dimension to the region by
providing attractive valleys and
landscapes to stimulate interest. You
are in an area where you can be on a
plateau with what seems like endless
horizons, surrounded by sunflowers, in a
deep valley, in dense forest, by a
mighty river and always where your eye
will be drawn to something of interest.
You can be happy just driving the
wonderful roads (where a lot of French
taxpayers money must go!) stopping at
any one of hundreds of pretty
villages that the region has to offer.
sharing our knowledge of the Loire
Valley (we live and work here) we will
help you get the most out of your visit
to what is popularly referred to as 'the
garden of France'.
We do of course include a
of the major chateau of the region, how
could we not, including the gems that
plus the cities towns and villages of
greatest interest - the region has 8 of
Beaux Villages de France'
- the most beautiful villages in France
within its boundaries..
Video through Val de Loire...
Where exactly is the Loire Valley?
'Loire Valley' if used correctly could
refer to an area of over 1000km, as this
is the length of the
river from its source in the
springs on the side of Mont Gerbier de
Jonc in the southern Cevennes hills
within the department of the Ardeche to
its destination on the Atlantic coast at
This site concentrates on the
stretch of the river as shown on the map
below plus the additional departments
(think counties or states) of
Eure-et-Loir, Cher and Indre within the
The department of
Indre et Loire was the former
Touraine and the area is
still referred to, using this historical
name, for marketing purposes through the
local tourist boards.
We have also included the department of
in Pays de Loire as it forms part of the
world heritage site.
How to get here?
As one of the most visited areas of
France, the Loire Valley is easily
and indeed anywhere in Europe via the
countries excellent road and rail
networks plus it has its own
in Tours which connects
with the UK and Ireland,
Best place to stay in the Loire Valley?
really spoilt for choice here as all of
the departments of the
Centre-Val-de-Loire region and
Maine-et-Loire in the Pays de Loire
region have something unique to offer. We
however a 'central' location is best,
world heritage site that is the ‘Val de
Loire’ has, since 2002, come under the
Val de Loire'
which is the
regional councils of Centre and
Pays de la Loire's joint
programme of improvement and awareness
of this exceptional region. Some of its
initiatives include 'La-Loire-a-velo-cycling-route'
identify greater involvement of the
river Loire itself. (Links in the above
section will open in new windows)
Accommodation in the Loire Valley:
There is a list of
houses, gites and chateau to rent within
the area -- we hope it leads you to your
very own unique French experience!
People choose France as a holiday
destination for many reasons - most of
which can be experienced in
this lovely part of the country.
Searching for a hotel in the Loire
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