The Loire Valley Travel Guide
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 staples, 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 optimal way to get around. If that is not available, buses and trains can carry 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... read more
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Things To Do in The Loire Valley
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Step into a fairy tale at Sleeping Beauty's castle: Play once-upon-a-time at Ussé—gleaming white against an emerald forest... Read more
Finesse rather than fireworks marks the gastronomy of this gentle region, known for exceptional white wines, delicate fish, and France's... Read more
With its nearly flat terrain, the Loire Valley seems custom-built for cycling, and the recently added Loire à Vélo signposted bike... 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... 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... Read more
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