The Loire Valley Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Loire Valley - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Founded in 1101, the Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud (Royal Abbey) had separate churches and living quarters for nuns, monks, lepers, "repentant...

Ackerman

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

For sparkling Saumur wine—including a rare red—try a tour and a tasting at Ackerman. ...

Allée Sainte-Catherine

  • Historic District/Site

After touring the Abbaye Royale, head outside the gates of the complex a block to the north to discover one of the Loire Valley's most...

Backroads

  • Tour–Sight

Offering the option of luxury or casual accommodations, Backroads supplies English-speaking guides and takes care of all the travel logistics.

Basilique St-Martin

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Only two sturdy towers—the Tour Charlemagne and the Tour de l'Horloge (Clock Tower)—remain of the great medieval abbey built over...

Cadre Noir de Saumur

  • Educational Institution

This prestigious national equestrian academy trains France’s future riding stars. Unique in Europe, the Cadre Noir de Saumur has 400...

Carré Cointreau

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

To learn about the heartwarming liqueur made in Angers since 1849, head to the Carré Cointreau on the east side of the city. Guided...

Cathédral St-Gatien

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Built between 1239 and 1484, this noted cathedral, one of the greatest churches of the Loire Valley, reveals a mixture of architectural...

Cathédrale St-Maurice

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This 12th- and 13th-century Gothic edifice is noted for its curious Romanesque facade and original stained-glass windows; bring binoculars...

Cathédrale Ste-Croix

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A riot of pinnacles and gargoyles embellished with 18th-century wedding-cake towers, the Cathédrale Ste-Croix is both Gothic and pseudo-Gothic...

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