Amboise is an attractive medieval town sitting on the south bank of the Loire, if you are planning a holiday in the central area of the Loire this town may suit Amboise is a popular tourist destination and can get very busy in the main holiday season. The riverside roads are flat and this makes cycling a popular outdoor activity, bikes can be hired in the town. If you prefer to be on the water canoes can also be rented from the Canoes/Kayak club.
A historically important building the Château d’ Amboise rises above the river and dominates the town. The château’s original 15th century entrance the Tour des Minimes is famous for its massive spiral ramp; the Gothic wing overlooks the river. Charles V111 was born and died here.
Amboise with its main street pedestrianised is where you will find plenty of small shops to look around many street cafes, bars and bistros. You may want to stop off at one of these and have some refreshment before continuing sight seeing in this lovely area. If you enjoy walking there are some pleasant walks to enjoy here to. You can pay a visit to Le Clos-Lucé once the home of Leonardo da Vinci, the house is now a museum to Leonardo. You will see the 40 remarkable machines he invented.
There are various attractions nearby and in the surrounding area which may be of interest to you. The Park of the Mini-Chateaux which houses more than forty excellent scale models of chateau’s, you can admire Chambord, Chenonceau, Villandry and many other popular Loire castles.
If you are on holiday with children or interested yourselves you might like to visit the Aquarium du Val de Loire, located about 5km from Amboise this large aquarium has 10,000 fish along with alligators, turtles and a tunnel with sharks!
Approximately 11 miles / 17km away is the Reserve of Beaumarchais where you can ride in the safari train and discover bison, wild boar and much more.
If you want to get out and about there are many chateaux within easy reach that may be of interest to you. One that children and adults can enjoy is the fairy-tale Château d’ Ussé its white stone profile looks enchanting and supposedly inspired Charles Perrault’s retelling of Sleeping Beauty. The exterior of the castle is beautiful and in the grounds you will find the charming Renaissance Chapel. The Château is about 40 miles / 63km away from Amboise. The Château de Villandry constructed in the 1530’s with its famous gardens is definitely worth considering as you explore this area.
If you have had enough sight-seeing head back to Amboise and enjoy a traditional meal at one of the restaurants and the atmosphere of the town.
There is a reasonable choice of hotel accommodation in the town including back packers accommodation and a nearby campsite. It is advisable to book prior to your holiday in the busy summer months.