Loire Valley places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Loire Valley region. See also our Loire Valley guide.

Loire Valley sightseeing and tourist information

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Amboise (Indre-et-Loire)

Although it is the castle that attracts visitors to Amboise, you will also enjoy exploring the main square and old [...]

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Apremont-sur-Allier (Cher)

The story of the renewal of Apremont-sur-Allier is fascinating, and leads us to the 'most beautiful village' and Ca [...]

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Argenton-sur-Creuse (Indre)

There are several churches of interest here in Argenton-sur-Creuse, and a very pretty walk along the banks of the C [...]

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Aubigny-sur-Nere (Cher)

It is the multi-turreted castle and the Scottish connection that explain the popularity of Aubigny-sur-Nère [...]

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Beaugency (Loiret)

A small town on the banks of the Loire River, Beaugency squeezes a remarkable number of interesting sights in a sma [...]

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Bellegarde (Loiret)

Bellegarde is a small traditional town with an atractive moated castle in the centre [...]

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Blois (Loir-et-Cher)

The town of Blois, with its castle, cathedral, extensive historic centre and other monuments is one of our favourit [...]

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Bourges (Cher)

Although Bourges is known for its stunning cathedral, it also has a substantial medieval centre and the Palais Jacq [...]

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Bourges Cathedral (Cher)

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Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur (Cher)

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Brenne Regional Natural Park (Indre)

This quiet region of small lakes and fields is a perfect place for cycling on peaceful lanes [...]

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Briare (Loiret)

With the Loire River and the Canal de Briare crossing in the centre of Briare it is not surprising that water based [...]

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Candes-Saint-Martin (Indre-et-Loire)

In the village of Candes-Saint-Martin, a 'most beautiful village in France', you can see the Vienne river, a mediev [...]

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Cathedral of Sainte-Croix, Orleans (Loiret)

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Chartres (Eure-et-Loir)

Although most famous for its cathedral, you will also find plenty to explore elsewhere in the town of Chartres [...]

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Chartres Cathedral (Eure-et-Loir)

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Chateau Chinon (Indre-et-Loire)

Chateu de Chinon is notable in part because of its great size, and in part because it retains more medieval element [...]

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Chateau d'Amboise (Indre-et-Loire)

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Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau (Indre-et-Loire)

Not the most luxurious or largest castle in the region, it is the beauty and waterside location that gives the Chat [...]

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Chateau de Blois (Loir-et-Cher)

One of the most impressive of the Loire castles, the Chateau de Blois is best known for its double helix renaissanc [...]

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Chateau de Chambord (Loir-et-Cher)

The largest castle in the Loire Valley, Chateau de Chambord exceeds all expectations with its grandeur - despite be [...]

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Chateau de Chenonceau (Indre-et-Loire)

The perfectly lovely Chateau-de-Chenonceau includes a renaissance gallery across the river and gardens designed by [...]

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Chateau de Cheverny (Loir-et-Cher)

Cheverny Castle is perhaps the most opulently furnished of the Loire castles, and also has very lovely gardens [...]

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Chateau de Clos Lucé at Amboise (Indre-et-Loire)

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Chateau de Valencay (Indre)

The renaissance style castle and formal gardens make the Chateau de Valencay among the most interesting in the Loir [...]

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Chateau de Villandry (Indre-et-Loire)

The rooms at Chateau de Villandry can be explored, but it is the world famous French style gardens here that will h [...]

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Chateau du Rivau (Indre-et-Loire)

One of the more modest castles in the region, both the Chateau de Rivau and its associated gardens are very pleasan [...]

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Chateaudun (Eure-et-Loir)

Both the castle and the town along the Loir River make Chateaudun an enjoyable destination [...]

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Chateauroux (Indre)

A little remote from the main tourist routes, Chateauroux is quite a sprawling town but has some sites of interest [...]

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Chaumont-sur-Loire (Loir-et-Cher)

The small village of Chaumont-sur-Loire is more than dominated by the Chateau de Chaumont, one of the largest Loire [...]

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Chinon (Indre-et-Loire)

The castle is the main highlight in Chinon, but don't forget to allow time to explore the town as well... [...]

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Crissay-sur-Manse (Indre-et-Loire)

The lovely little stone houses and narrow streets in Crissay-sur-Manse explain its inclusion aong the 'most beautif [...]

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Culan (Cher)

The castle at Culan is one of the most interesting in the quiet Cher department [...]

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Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard (Indre-et-Loire)

The Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard in Amboise is the first Renaissance manor house in France, newly restored an [...]

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Gargilesse-Dampierre (Indre)

Gargilesse-Dampierre is a very small village, but also very pretty and in a lovely setting. Don't miss the frescoes [...]

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Gien (Loiret)

To the east of the main Loire Valley, the view across the bridge to the castle and town of Gien is very atractive [...]

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Issoudun (Indre)

There are few important monuments here in Issoudun, but we enjoyed a stroll around the old town near the 'White Tow [...]

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La Chatre (Indre)

La Chatre is a small town and quick to explore - before setting off to discover the other castles and countryside n [...]

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Langeais (Indre-et-Loire)

The Chateau de Langeais, combining medieval and renaissance elements, will attract you here - but you will want to [...]

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Lavardin (Loir-et-Cher)

With a river and ancient bridge below and an ancient castle above Lavardin, it is an exceptionally pretty little vi [...]

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Loches (Indre-et-Loire)

Numerous historic monuments make the citadel in Loches a very interesting place to visit [...]

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Mehun-sur-Yevre (Cher)

The castle and the 11th century Collegiale Notre-Dame are among several sights of importance in Mehun-sur-Yevre [...]

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Montargis (Loiret)

With more than 130 bridges across the numerous canals and rivers in Montargis, it is the scenery along these waterw [...]

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Montresor (Indre-et-Loire)

On the Indrois river, it is the quaint old town, the castle and the collegiale church that will be the focus of you [...]

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Nogent-le-Rotrou (Eure-et-Loir)

Within the Perche Regional Natural Park, in Nogent-le-Rotrou you can discover the castle and other ancient monument [...]

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Nohant-Vic (Indre)

The 18th century French manor house where George Sand lived is the main attraction in the village of Nohant-Vic [...]

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Orleans (Loiret)

The large town of Orleans has a great deal to recommend it: a famous cathedral, an extensive old town, a riverside [...]

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Parc Floral de la Source, Orleans (Loiret)

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Saint-Benoit-du-Sault (Indre)

The unspoiled medieval streets in the 'most beautiful village' of Saint-Benoit-de-Sault quickly take you back sever [...]

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Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey (Loiret)

Fans of romanesque architecture will appreciate the many period features in the 12th century Abbey of Saint-Benoit- [...]

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Saint-Chartier (Indre)

Take a stroll through the grounds of the castle here in the quiet town of Saint-Chartier [...]

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Sancerre (Cher)

The pretty village of Sancerre is best known for the famous wines of the same name produced nearby - and to be saml [...]

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Tavant (Indre-et-Loire)

Tavant is a small village but a visit to se the murals in the church is recommended when you are nearby [...]

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Tours (Indre-et-Loire)

Tours is a large important town with numerous monuments, gardens and medieval buildings, and is also well placed to [...]

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Valencay (Indre)

The castle is the main attraction here, but we also suggest a visit to the Museum de l'Automobile and a stroll alon [...]

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Vendome (Loir-et-Cher)

Now listed as a 'town of art and history', Vendome retains many monuments from its active past despite extensive wa [...]

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Yevre-le-Chatel (Loiret)

The walk along the Rimarden river, the traditional charm and the ruined castle all contributed to Yevre-le-Chatel b [...]

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For more information about the region see the detailed Loire Valley travel guide

 
 

Classified tourist sites to visit in Loire Valley

Listed below are some of the main places and destinations in Loire Valley that have received 'official' tourist classifications.

Heritage Sites

Chartres Cathedral: Tourist guide

Classified 'most beautiful villages'

Apremont-sur-Allier: Tourist guide

Candes-Saint-Martin: Tourist guide

Crissay-sur-Manse: Tourist guide

Lavardin: Tourist guide

Montresor: Tourist guide

Saint-Benoit-du-Sault: Tourist guide

National Monuments

Bouges-le-Chateau Castle

Bourges Cathedral: Tourist guide

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau: Tourist guide

Chateaudun: Tourist guide

Cloisters of la Psalette

Fougeres-sur-Bievre Chateau

George Sand House

Palace Jacques Coeur

Talcy Chateau

towns classified as Recommended Detours

Beaugency: Tourist guide

Chateaudun: Tourist guide

La Chatre: Tourist guide

Loches: Tourist guide

Mehun-sur-Yevre: Tourist guide

Montargis

Nogent-le-Rotrou: Tourist guide

Sancerre: Tourist guide

Valencay: Tourist guide

Regional Natural Parcs

Brenne

Loire-Anjou-Touraine

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Arboretum des grandes bruyères

Arboretum national des Barres

Domaine régional de Chaumont-sur-Loire

Jardin du château de Bouges

Jardin du château de Talcy

Jardin du domaine de George Sand

Jardin du domaine de Sasnières

Jardins du château d'Ainay-le-Vieil

Jardins du manoir du Grand Courtoiseau

Jardins du prieuré Notre-Dame-d'Orsan

Le jardin des Prébendes d'Oé

Le pré Catelan

Les jardins artistiques de Drulon

Les jardins de la Chatonnière

Les jardins du château de Villandry

Les jardins du château du Rivau

Les jardins du prieuré de Saint-Cosme

Les Prés Fichaux

Les prés-Culand

Parc du château de Beauregard

Parc et jardins du château de Chenonceau

Parc et jardins du château de Valmer

Parc floral d'Apremont

Parc Floral de la Source: Tourist guide

Potager du jardin du château de La Bussière

Roseraie des terrasses de l’évêché

Protected historical town centre

Amboise: Tourist guide

Blois: Tourist guide

Bourges: Tourist guide

Chartres: Tourist guide

Chinon: Tourist guide

Loches: Tourist guide

Richelieu: Tourist guide

Tours: Tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Etangs de la Brenne

Towns of Art and History

Blois: Tourist guide

Bourges: Tourist guide

Chinon: Tourist guide

Loches: Tourist guide

Orleans: Tourist guide

Tours: Tourist guide

Vendome: Tourist guide

Ville d'etape

Eguzon-Chantome

Vatan

4* Towns in Bloom

Aubigny-sur-Nere: Tourist guide

Blois: Tourist guide

Bourges: Tourist guide

Briare: Tourist guide

Chartres: Tourist guide

Chateauroux

Fleury-les-Aubrais

Issoudun

Moutiers

Olivet

Pierrefitte-sur-Sauldre

Quiers-sur-Bezonde

Saint-Amand-Montrond

Saint-Cyr-en-Val

Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire

Saint-Jean-de-la-Ruelle

Tours: Tourist guide

Vendome

Veuil