The Loire Valley: Cradle of French History

With its promise of “a trip to France”, the Val de Loire is an area that boasts many of France’s top assets

Extending from the Loiret to the Loire estuary, encompassing the river itself, the UNESCO-listed Loire, the Royal Loire and its Châteaux, are the cradle of France’s history, with spectacular gardens and vineyards.

At nightfall, the lights of the châteaux reflect in the Loire, inspiring the visitor’s imagination. The illuminations vary with a dreamlike quality from château to château, sometimes dancing to the narrations of storytellers and Renaissance music rhythms. Such is the magic of the sound and light shows staged at the Royal Château of Blois and Château of Amboise. These shows provide a fresh aspect to the scheduled night visits under the stars, such as the Chaumont-sur- Loire International Garden Festival, the Chenonceau night-time walk or the “Night of a Thousand Lights” in Villandry.


21 châteaux quali ed as “Grands Sites du Val de Loire”.

“La Loire à vélo”: an immense 800-kilometre cycle tourism route.

The Loire Valley vineyards: 50 appellations, thousands of producers, the greatest diversity of wines in the world