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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Saumur 8

Tours 8

Orleans 5

Angers 4

Amboise 3

Chambord 3

Fontevraud-l'Abbaye 3

Chinon 2

Azay-le-Rideau 2

Villandry 1

Chenonceaux 1

Chaumont-sur-Loire 1

Blois 1

Usse-Rigny 1

Meung-sur-Loire 1

Sache 1

Loches 1

Cheverny 1

Langeais 1

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Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud

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

Château d'Ussé

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The most beautiful castle in France is first glimpsed as you approach the Château d'Ussé and an astonishing array of blue-slate roofs,...

Château de Candé

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When King Edward VIII of England abdicated his throne in 1937 to marry the American divorcée Wallace Simpson, the couple chose to escape...

Château de Chambord

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As you travel the gigantic, tree-shaded roadways that converge on Chambord, you first spot the château's incredible towers—19th-century...

Château de Chenonceau

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Achingly beautiful, the Château de Chenonceau has long been considered the "most romantic" of all the Loire châteaux, thanks in part...

Château de Saché

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In the center of town, the Château de Saché houses the Musée Balzac. If you've never read any of Balzac's "Comédies Humaine," you...

Château de Villandry

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Green thumbs get weak in the knees at the mere mention of the Château de Villandry, a grand estate near the Cher River, thanks to its...

Citadelle

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A "Cité Royale," Loche came to be adorned with a bevy of gorgeously picturesque medieval and Renaissance-era structures—none more...

Hôtel Groslot

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Just across the square from the cathedral is the Hôtel Groslot, a Renaissance-era extravaganza bristling with caryatids, strap work,...

Place Plumereau

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North from the Basilique St-Martin to the river is Le Vieux Tours. This lovely medieval quarter—a warren of quaint streets, wood-beam...

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