The Loire Valley is one of France’s most enchanting regions and is perfect for a stop-over, short break or a longer holiday. Sometimes called the ‘Valley of a Thousand Châteaux’, the Loire is filled with amazing castles and gardens to visit – impressively enormous Chambord and Chenonceau with its beautiful arches over the River Cher being two highlights. But don’t think the region is at all fuddy-duddy or only for fans of Antiques Roadshow! There is so much for everyone to see and do here. Take a bike ride along the banks of Loire or have a go at activities on the river itself. Visit the bustling and beautiful towns or some of the many attractions, including France’s premier zoo, the Zoopark de Beuval. And did we mention the wine…?
The superb climate is ideal for growing vines and though they may be less celebrated than those of Bordeaux and Burgundy, the reds, whites and sparkling wines of the Touraine and Saumur stand comparison with the best. The wine regions follow the river, from Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume furthest inland, through Vouvray and Anjou and on to Muscadet near the coast. And when you finally have to leave this land of rivers, castles and vineyards you’ll already want to return for more… hic!
A converted mill on the banks of the river in the centre of historic Loches, with its 11th century ‘Cité Royale’. Famous châteaux such as Chenonceaux and Azay-le-Rideau are nearby, as are...
Relax at the lake beach, play in the pools or explore Loire châteaux and vineyards. This high class resort in the Loire has everything.