While it seems hard to believe, the Loire is actually home to more than 1,000 glorious châteaux. So while you will no doubt wish to visit some of the most famous such as Chambord and Saunier, the explorers among you will doubtless stumble across many more on your travels. That’s if you can drag yourselves away from the many fine vineyards of course; not to mention the many wonderful views and walks alongside the Loire river that runs through this magnificent area.
Slightly further away from the normal Brit stamping grounds of Normandy and Brittany is the Loire Valley. The countryside is green rolling hills, stunning castles and of course the River Loire itself. In fact the whole region is peppered with rivers and lakes. The region has been hosting tourists since the 15th century when wealthy aristocrats built pretty castles as summer hunting lodges. Before that the area was home to some pretty heavy fortification to keep out unwanted visitors..
There are upwards of 1,000 chateaux in the Loire Valley, each with its own tales to tell and they will be an important part of a holiday to this part of France even if you are only passing by.
This part of France is firmly steeped in the culture of wine making. Vineyards are all around and some of the world’s best wines such as Sancerre, Muscadet and Vouvray are made in this region and trips to vineyards and wineries are a good way to learn all about them.
Despite the rural nature there is plenty to get up to here You’re within travelling distance of the coast in Vendee if you need a seaside fix and there are towns such as Tours, Orleans and Le mans which all have great histories, wonderful architecture and lovely street cafes and restaurants.
The weather here is warm and pleasant throughout the summer with temperatures ranging between 22-25c and an average 8 hours sunshine a day make this area perfect for an outdoors summer holiday.