A Comprehensive Guide to the
Top Attractive Sights in
Few things excite a traveller like the promise of going into the Loire Valley where every chateau tells its own unique story. Sometimes we need a break from city life. Let us escape into the most alluring places in the Loire Valley. By alluring, we don’t just mean seasonal walks around ordinary tourist sites, we’re going to visit majestic châteauxs, pretty villages and drink world-class wine.
Is there anything more exciting than discovering the rich historical legacy of Sleeping Beauty at Ussé and of Leonardo da Vinci at Chateau de Clos-Lucé where models of some of his incredible machines like tanks, catapults and flying machines are unveiled? We’ll also wear our helmets, ride our bikes along the River Loire and enjoy a breathtaking view of sites like the Loire’s miniature islands—Chalonnes and Béhuard, which are must-sees for wildlife lovers.
It gets more fascinating
Next, we’ll be taking in Apocalypse Tapestry in Angers castle, a 100-metre (328-feet) long tapestry housed in a dimly lit gallery which you will always remember for its glorious richness, and frightening scenes. Then we’re going to head to Nantes to see Machines de l’Île, featuring a giant elephant.
We’ll unwind at Anneaux de Buren come nightfall, where we get to savour the rich taste of a variety of simple but tasty dishes and the Loire valley wines.
You think that’s all? Surround yourself with monkeys and creepy reptiles at the Orleans Forest where beautiful stone paths, flanked by lush vegetation, will lead you to the Vallée lake; perfect for fishing, swimming and windsurfing.
If you want to take some time off from the stress of work and life, an escape into the Loire Valley is the right option for you.
What are the Top Attractive Sights in Loire Valley ?
1. Château de Chenonceau
Once the abode of the Queen Catherine de Medici, the Chenonceau is a truly magnificent masterpiece known as the Ladies’ Château; with a unique architectural mix of features from the early Renaissance and late Gothic era. It has an impressive garden and labyrinth, captivating rooms and hallways – regally draped with tapestries, furniture, and paintings adorning the high-ceilinged room. This makes the Château, a perfect tour-in museum for you, when on a visit to the Loire Valley.
2. Château de Villandry
The Chateau de Villandry is known first for its gardens, before its castle. Of course, they’re both impressive – but when there, opt for a little sunshine instead; and bask in the elegance of the garden’s labyrinth made up of grapevines, a vast array of flower gardens, fountains, undiscovered paths and even, a grass lawn for tennis!
3. The Winery at Caves Bouvet-Ladubay
You don’t need to be a wine connoisseur to partake in this event. The Bouvet-Ladubay is famed for producing the best sparkling wines in France, with over 8 miles (ca. 13 km) of wine cellars under the belt. They offer extensive insight into their winery, with wine tasting at the end of the tour.
4. The Musee des Beaux-Arts de Tours
Never miss going to this museum when in the Loire Valley. Right in the heart of Tours’, the Musee des Beaux-Arts features the largest collections of art in France, including those of the famed Monet, Rubens and more. The collection of sculptures includes Greek classics and ancient Roman pieces, as well as sculpted works of historic French royals.
5. The Grand Elephant of the Machines of the Isle of Nantes (Les Machines de l'Île)
If you’re on a trip to the Loire valley with the kids, then take them here-they’ll love it! This 40 ft tall mechanical elephant that can carry up to 50 passengers, is one you don’t get to see every day. It takes you around the Isle of Nantes, on a spectacular ride to see both sights and attractions like the Carrousel des Mondes Marins, and the former shipyards. It even honks at bystanders!
6. Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris)
You may not be religious, but that doesn’t matter. This Gothic cathedral draws to it – catholic pilgrims and tourists alike, giving them a chance to witness the magic of the medieval church through stunning stained glasses, sculptures, and relics. It’s a different experience at night – the Chartres en Lumieres night light show, running April to September yearly, recreates how the cathedral’s facades of 13th century, may have looked in the 21st century, through a projection on the exterior of the cathedral.
7. Parc Oriental de Maulévrier
Japan meets France in this beautiful oriental garden in Maulévrier. The Parc Oriental is serene with Japanese style (red) bridges, water features, absolutely stunning magnolias, exotic pine trees, beautiful maples, sculptures, and all-round tranquillity.
8. Musée Troglo (Cave Museum, Rochemenier Troglodytic Village)
You might be thinking, “Why go through all this stress just to visit a cave?” Well, wait till you visit this village to have a change of heart. It’s absolutely nothing like you’ve seen before! The museum has made good use of its troglodyte, converting it to; underground restaurants, cave hotels, cafes and even a swimming pool for visitors to experience and explore a unique underground way of life!
9. Château de Chambord
Encircled by forests full of deer and wild boar, the Château de Chambord enjoys a beautifully remote spot, despite being just two hours from Paris. The massive estate has a range, the size of the French capital and was initially designed to function as a hunting lodge for King Francis I. This château has a beautiful landscape and is the largest of its kind in the Loire Valley.
10. Cadre Noir Riding School
The Cadre Noir French National Riding School is one of the schools you want to visit on your holidays in Loire Valley. This world-famous riding school, located in Saumur, opened its doors in 1815. You can visit the large arena, the stables, and the impeccable tack room. Ensure you book a public performance where the ecuyer (master rider) demonstrates the art of horsemanship by jumping, prancing and lunging.
Best Tips on Holidaying in Loire Valley
Best accommodations aren’t hard to find in Loire Valley. Consider the following best and affordable accommodations:
- Rocaminori Hôtel
- Auberge du Bon Laboureur Chenonceaux
- Le Haut des Lys
- Hôtel Château de Verrières & Spa
- Oceania l’Hôtel de France
- My Maison In Paris-Ile Saint-Louis
- Chateau Colbert
- Rocaminori Hôtel
- Closerie des Laudieres
- Anne D’anjou Hôtel & Spa
Locating the best restaurants at Loire Valley is a key to enjoying your adventure. The following are the best restaurants in Saint Barthelemy:
- Le Favre d’Anne
- Domaine aux Moines
- Vignoble Marchais
- Le Bistronomique
- L’Auberge du Cheval Rouge
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
About 200km south of Paris.
By Train. It is not only quick, it’s easy and much more relaxing. The Loire Valley is about 130 km south-west of Paris and heads west for another 400 km to the Atlantic coast. You can take a non-stop train from Montparnasse, and you’ll arrive in Tours in 1hr 30 m.