Amboise is incredibly charming but also a bit 'touristy' because of its
popularity with visitors to the Loire Valley. What brings them here
is its historical links to the French Royal Family, its markets and
a little surprisingly perhaps, its connection with Leonardo de
Amboise from the castle ramparts.
is a popular base for discovering some of the other major
chateaux that lie to the east of Tours
although, because of the excellent road network you are never really
that far away from them anywhere in the region.
still retains its medieval
feel and has plenty of good restaurants and
cafes to relax in and sample the local wines
and produce of the area.
main draw is its chateau
but the town has much more to offer...
Started about 1107 by Hugues 1st Lord of
Amboise, the church of St Denis in the town was built on the site of
a Gallo-Roman monument.
It is worth a visit to view its beautiful
interior, stain glass windows and organ.
During peak tourist season the
Amboise puts on a spectacular
sound and light show with hundreds (yes
hundreds) of local volunteers bringing
their history to life, you might not
comprehend all that is going on but
you’ll certainly enjoy the spectacle
On Fridays from 8 to 13h
and Sundays from 8am to 14h,
Amboise's outdoor riverside market
which takes place
behind Max Ernst's fascinating turtle fountain creation
is a feast of sights and smells.The market on Friday
mornings sells predominantly food and regional
The much larger
takes place in the Place du Marchée beside the
Loire river selling wines, cheese, meat, fruit and
vegetables of the local area, along with clothes and
locally-made pottery. It draws visitors from all over
the region and feels more like a fair than a market.
The town has a fairground on the market square on
the 3rd weekend of April.
The Loire river here at Amboise
is best appreciated by a stroll across the bridge
looking back towards the town - it is also a great photo
opportunity but mind the traffic !
spent his childhood here at the
he succeeded to the throne, he lavished much of his social skills on
He held frequent balls, feasts,
it was he who
in 1516 invited Leonardo da
Vinci to stay at the delightful
with the promise of a pension, with the only requirement
being that he devote some of his time to conversation
and companionship. It is said that there is a secret
tunnel from the chateau to the Manoir du Clos -Luce.
Leonardo's remains now lie within
of Saint-Hubert within the grounds of the chateau.
visit to Amboise would not be complete without a short walk down Rue
Victor-Hugo to , past the troglodyte houses (complete with
satellite dishes) cut into the limestone cliff face, to the
enchanting house and gardens where Leonardo de Vinci spent his final
Driving from Paris take
the A10 motorway (Paris-Bordeaux), exit at junction 21 "Tours
Driving from Tours,
take N152 east to D32 and then turn south, following signs to
going along the banks of the Loire
in the direction of Blois.
Directions and time to Amboise
Official website of town
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