Here the rich landscape offers great
rivers, vibrant cities like
beautiful villages like
natural parks in La Brenne and Anjou,
some of the best
wines of France and a
host of local delicacy's. There is a
plethora of festivals throughout the
year to give you a taste of the region's
unique culture and heritage.
The area also has been
touched by many historical
figures from Richard the
Lionheart to Joan of Arc and
Leonardo de Vinci. It has
also inspired poets and
novelists for centuries,
with some of its native
sons, such as Rabelais and
Balzac, using the area as a
setting their works.
(the longest in France) is the thread
that binds this area together but its
tributaries of the Cher, the Vienne, the
Indre and other rivers in the region
such as the
and the Claise give an added dimension
to the region by providing attractive
valleys and landscapes to stimulate
interest. You are in an area where you
can be on a plateau with what seems like
endless horizons, surrounded by
sunflowers, in a deep valley, in dense
forest, by a mighty river and always
where your eye will be drawn to
something of interest. You can be happy
the wonderful roads (where a lot of
French taxpayers money must go!)
stopping at any one of hundreds of
towns and villages
that the region has to offer.
By sharing our knowledge of the Loire
Valley we will
help you get the most out of your visit
to what is popularly referred to as 'the
garden of France'.
We do of course include a
of the major chateau of the region, how
could we not, including the gems that
plus the cities towns and villages of
greatest interest - the region has 8 of
Beaux Villages de France'
- the most beautiful villages in France
within its boundaries.
Where exactly is the Val
term 'Loire Valley' if used correctly could
refer to an area of over 1000km, as this is
the length of the
from its source in the springs on the side
of Mont Gerbier de Jonc in the southern
Cevennes hills within the department of the
Ardeche to its destination on the Atlantic
coast at Nantes. This site concentrates on
the stretch of the river as shown on the map
below plus the additional departments (think
counties or states) of Eure-et-Loir, Cher
and Indre within the
Centre/Val de Loire
The department of
Indre et Loire
was the former province of Touraine and the
area is still referred to, using this
historical name, for marketing purposes
through the local tourist boards. We have
also included the department of
in Pays de Loire as it forms part of the
How to get here?
As one of the most visited areas of
France, the Loire Valley is easily
and indeed anywhere in Europe via the
countries excellent road and rail
networks plus it has its own
airport in Tours
which connects with the UK and Ireland,
Best place to stay?
You are really spoilt for choice here as
all of the departments of the
Centre-Val-de-Loire region and
Maine-et-Loire in the Pays de Loire
region have something unique to offer.
We think however a 'central' location is
Need help with your Itinerary ?
Guide de Voyage Vallée
de la Loire France.
Valle della Loira
Francia guida turistica.
Pays de la Loire
Loire Valley Francia
guía de viaje.