The Loire Valley
The Loire Valley in its simplicity and calm derives its seduction from the subtle ambient light: vast stretches of light blue sky, long perspectives of an oft nonchalant river, the tender reflections of still waterways, sunny hillsides of promising vineyards, cool valleys, pleasant flowery villages, peaceful vistas.
Throughout the year, the Loire valley lays out its magnificent finery of castles. In May and June, the green shades of the vegetation, the stillness of the air, the delicate finery of the flowers of the meadows and the trees endow the Valley with a special brilliance. The river is then of incomparable majesty. In July it is reduced to shallow meanders of water flowing between vast banks of golden sand.
In September, the mildness of the climate and the calm of the atmosphere which remains astonishingly transparent, bathes the region in a romantic charm during the grape harvest.
To organize your stay, you will find help available on site as well various documentation. You can consult the websites:
Of the town :
Of the Local Tourist Office :
Du Val de Loire, patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO :
Ville deTours (9km)
La visite à pied ou en petit train fait découvrir la Cathédrale, la Basilique St Martin et traverse les vieux quartiers autour des restaurants de la Place Plumereau, sans oublier l’original Musée du Compagnonnage.
CHATEAUX AND VISITS:
Refined residence hidden in a richly furnished castle which witnessed the marriage of Charles VIII and Anne de Bretagne in 1491
Bordered by the Chinon forest and the Indre valley, the chateau of Sleeping Beauty retains all the authentic charm of a private residence.
Superb gardens, rich collections and masterpiece paintings are as famous as its unusual architecture reflected in the waters of the Cher river.
In the centre of a romantic park, this architectural masterpiece of the XVIth century retains all the elegance inspired by the Court of François 1st.
Amboise and Clos Lucé
Dominating majestically the banks of the Loire, the royal chateau guards the memories of many heartbeats of the history of France.
The inventions of Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci, are presented during the visit of the Clos Lucé where he lived until his death in 1519.
ARTS OF LIVING :
« Rillons », « rillettes », « nougat » from Tours, « poires tapées » from Rivarennes, macaroons from Cormery, goat cheese from Sainte-Maure, wickerwork from Villaines-les-Rochers.
Remarkable for the harmony of its architecture and gardens, Villandry is the last of the great Renaissance castles built on the banks of the Loire.
More than 10 years of studies went into the creation of the great park, the misty valley, the Festival park and the experimental garden.
A flower garden where freedom and fantasy mix with elaborate thinking, you will be seduced by a perfumed and poetical charm.
The father of Gargantua was born at the Devinière near Chinon
Pierre de Ronsard
The Fishery and Priory at Saint-Cosme witness to the poetic creation and simple pleasures of the one who personifies the passion of a rose.
The town of Descartes preserves the birthplace of the Philosopher.
Honoré de Balzac
The author of the Comédie humaine found his inspiration at the chateau of Saché.
SPORTS AND PASTIMES
- Lac de Chemillé-sur-Indrois 37430
- Lac de Rillé 37340
FOR THE YOUNG :
Water games, inflatable games, mini-golf, open-air café, at 5 minutes from Tours.
Trip on motor-train to discover big game animal breeding
A BIT FURTHER AFIELD
The residence of 7 kings and 10 queens recalls the life at Court during the Renaissance.
The biggest of all the Loire Chateaux and its remarkable staircaise.
Jewel of the XVIIth century which inspired Hergé and presents an exhibition on Tintin.
Zoo de Beauval
The biggest zoo in France.
Theme park on image sciences