The châteaux of the Loire: Jewels of the Renaissance

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  • © Léonard de Serres

The châteaux of the Loire: Jewels of the Renaissance

Since 2000, the Loire Valley has been the largest site in France to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The “garden of France”, as the Loire Valley is known, is an area of outstanding universal value. Come and discover the 19 châteaux where the famous kings of France used to live. Guardians of a thrilling past, these châteaux are architectural gems, models of the savoir-faire of the French way of life, each with their own story.

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The Loire Wine Producers
United by a river that is said to be royal, the Loire wine region stretches from Sancerre to the Atlantic. In Angers and Nantes, the wine producers invite you to discover their AOCs, their terroirs, the tourist route, their cellars, etc. and of course to taste a selection of wines. The Centre-Loire region has some great Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée regions with, from east to west, its Sancerre, Orléanais, Touraine, Saumur and Anjou and Pays Nantais wines. The tourist route takes enthusiasts from cellars to vineyards, visiting prestigious châteaux, abbeys, caves and gardens that run alongside the Loire along the way.

Exceptional cultural sites

1 Château des ducs de Bretagne
2 Château d’Angers
3 Cadre Noir de Saumur
4 Château de Saumur
5 Fontevraud Abbey
6 Royal fortress of Chinon
7 Château de Langeais
8 Château d’Azay-le-Rideau
9 Château and jardins de Villandry
10 Royal city of Loches
11 Château du Clos Lucé
12 Château royal d'Amboise
13 Château de Chenonceau
14 Domaine de Chaumont sur Loire
15 Château royal de Blois
16 Château de Cheverny
17 Domaine national de Chambord
18 Château de Valençay
19 Château de Sully/Loire
20 House of George Sand, Nohant
21 Tower and treasury of Chartres cathedral
22 Château de Châteaudun
23 Palais Jacques Coeur, Bourges
24 Tower and crypt of Bourges cathedral
25 Château de Bouges

 

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