The Loire Valley crosses two French regions it has an abundance of chateaux, mansions and palaces to show its visitors. The chateaux are a wealth of renaissance architecture with splendid gardens. Two magnificent chateaux you should visit if you are visiting the Loire for a short holiday are the Chambord and the Chenonceau, both impressive with beautiful ornamental gardens.
The regions central area Touraine is known as ‘the garden of France’ here you can sample some of the finest white wines in France. You may find a visit to the Caves des Producteurs de Vouvray of interest and see the processes used in the production of white and sparkling wine; there are about 2km or around a mile and a quarter of intriguing passageways!
If you are holidaying in this region you should plan what attractions and places you would like to see and visit, it takes much longer than a week to explore and see all the main places of interest in this area.
You may enjoy touring and finding overnight accommodation en route alternatively you might prefer a base to return to and explore from. We will try to give you some ideas and an insight of different places to stay and things to see and do while on holiday in the Loire.
If you take pleasure in outdoor activities there are many you can indulge in, hikers and bikers are well catered for and can enjoy the riverbanks and back roads through delightful villages
. The Tourist Offices can give you details on hiring bikes; there are also specified routes and trails for those of you with mountain bikes. This is superb and undemanding cycling country.
The attractive towns
of Amboise and Blois make good bases for visiting some of the visitor attractions
and there are many charming towns and villages offering attractions and places of interest including medieval buildings, museums
, cathedrals, vineyards
, canals with kayak and canal rental opportunities and much more.
The Gothic Cathédral St. Etienne in the city of Bourges is worth seeing; its interior has some magnificent 12th-13th century stained glass windows.
Between the Loire and Cher rivers is the ancient town of Tours, here you will find some excellent restaurants, numerous cafes and bars to sit and contemplate before exploring further and taking in the many fine buildings here.
There is so much to see and enjoy
in this region of France