The Loire Valley is one of the most visited areas of France, the valley has fuelled the worlds romantic imagination as a land of chateaux, vineyards and historical medieval towns.
There are so many places to visit that once you have sampled the experience you will want to return time and time again.
- Medieval towns -
Take a stroll through the winding medieval streets of pretty villages and historic towns retaining the charm and character that has attracted royal patronage over the centuries. Many have their own chateau and almost all are built around a beautiful church. Visit Saumur with its imposing chateau; home to the French Calvary Academy and its celebrated Cadre Noir. Then spend some time in Chinon, recognised for its exceptional Forteresse Royale historically linked to Richard the Lionheart and Joan of Arc
- Chateaux -
Many of the most famous chateaux in France are in the Loire Valley. You’ll find a chateau around almost every corner. The problem is choosing which to visit.
For those with an interest in contemporary art, our local chateau d’Orion is worthy of a visit, here you are encouraged to discover the chateau and its collections by following intriguing sounds….smells…. snatched glimpses.... allowing your curiosity to lead to a visit full of surprises.
- Vineyards and Wineries -
The Loire Valley is the third largest wine producing region in France, vineyards and wine making are rooted in the very heart of its culture and heritage. Mostly known for the increasingly popular Cremant de Loire, the central Loire is dominated by Chenin Blanc and Cabernant Franc vines. Explore the famous troglodyte cellars excavated in the tuffeau hill cliffs of Saumur or visit some of the best vineyards in the Loire valley with the Chinon appellation, home to several famous properties.
- Abbey and Museums -
Fontevraud Abbey, founded in 1101 is the largest monastic site in Europe, spread over 13 hectares it was the original site of the tombs of King Henry II, his wife Eleanor and their son Richard The Lionheart.
As for museums, whether it be science, literature, tanks or mushrooms you’ll find a museum which fires your interest.
- Theme Parks and Zoo -
For something a little different, why not try Futuroscope, a theme park based on multimedia, cinematographic and audio-visual techniques.
Puy du Fou, an historical theme park, reviewed by the Guardian as 'a Lavish family-friendly theatrical extravaganzas – plus a peaceful forest setting, France’s best kept theme park secret’. Or BioParc, an exceptional zoo, set in 14 hectares of unique landscape,a mixture of tropical lavishness and troglodyte caves