The Loire Valley Travel Guide
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Fodor's France 2014
Plan Your The Loire Valley Vacation
A fairy-tale realm par excellence, the Loire Valley is studded with storybook villages, time-burnished towns, and—bien sûr—the famous châteaux de la Loire. These postcard icons, like Chenonceau and Chambord, seem to be strung like a strand of pearls across a countryside so serene it could win the Nobel Peace Prize. With magic at every curve in the road, Cinderella's glass coach might be the optimum way to get around. If that is not available, buses and trains can beautifully ferry you to the main towns of the three Loire provinces—Anjou (to the west), Orléans (to the east), and the center ring of the show, Touraine.
Even before the age of the railway, the Loire Valley drew vacationers from far afield, so there are hundreds of hotels of all types. At the higher end are...read more
Find the best The Loire Valley restaurants in every price category with our top picks.
Things To Do in The Loire Valley
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Finesse rather than fireworks marks the gastronomy of this gentle, lovely region, known for exceptional white wines, delicate fish, and France's... Read more
Step into a fairy tale at Sleeping Beauty's castle: Play once-upon-a-time at Ussé—gleaming white against an emerald forest backcloth, it's so... Read more
With its nearly flat terrain, the Loire Valley is custom-built for traveling by bike, and the newly created Loire à Vélo signposted bike trails... Read more
We admit it—there are almost too many châteaux in this part of France. It's nearly impossible to see all of them, so we've noted the prime characteristics... Read more
Fewer regions of France repay leisurely exploration more than the Val de Loire. And perhaps the best way to gently meander through the Loire... Read more
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Most of the towns along the northern coastline of France were destroyed during WW2, but there is at least one notable exception -- the town of Mers-les-Bains in Picardy, which displays one of the most amazing Read more
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