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Loire Valley towns and villages

A visit to the cities, towns and villages of the Loire Valley is a journey back in time as they retain much of the charm, character and authenticity that has attracted royal patronage over the centuries. The largest and arguably the most popular city in the region (Centre-Val de Loire) is Tours although the official 'capital' is Orleans.

 

 

Orleans

 

Tours

 

 

   

 

Amboise

Loches

Although probably best known for the architectural heritage of its famous chateaux such as Chenonceau and Chambord, it is also blessed with other fine examples in its historic towns such as Amboise, Chinon and Loches . 

Chinon

Chartres

   

 

Blois

Brouges

 

In Chartres, Orleans and Bourges it has some of France's best cathedrals.The villages and towns of the region, Centre-Val de Loire, are as diverse as its landscape with pretty villages and historic towns, many with their own chateau and almost all built around beautiful churches.

 

Saumur

Angers

   

 

Langeais

Richelieu

The villages of the Loire Valley include 8 of the 'Les-plus-beaux-villages-de-France' including the beautiful Montresor. 9 if you include the beautiful village of Angle-sur-l'Anglin which has been 'adopted' by the local tourist board due to its location on the border of Southern Touraine.

Montresor

Candes-St-Martin

   

 

Chedigny

Le Grand-Pressigny

Many visitors to the Loire Valley seek out the small villages to try and get a a true French  experience, e.g. an American visitor quoted" The small village experience was great and made us feel part of the landscape rather than just passing tourists."(Barrou).

Descartes

Barrou

   

 

Sancerre

Vendome

   

 

Saint-Valentin

Montrichard

   

 

St-Benoit-de Sault

Vierzon

Whether you choose to stay in one of the Val de Loire's major cities, medieval towns or charming villages you will find something to delight you. See more here...

 

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