The area along the river Loire between
(Anjou), a distance of 280km,
has now become synonymous with
the 'Loire Valley' or 'Val de Loire'.
In November 2000 UNESCO formally
included this stretch of the
and the national parks of Chateau de Chambord and Anjou-Touraine on its list
of world heritage sites. This of course
takes in its premier
towns and cities, the major
Loire Valley Chateaux along with
other important historical monuments.