Map of places to visit in Loire Valley

You can find details of some of the places we suggest you visit near Loire Valley below the map...

 
 

Amboise:

Although it is the castle that attracts visitors to Amboise, you will also enjoy exploring the main square and old streets elsewhere in the small town

Amboise guide

Apremont-sur-Allier:

The story of the renewal of Apremont-sur-Allier is fascinating, and leads us to the 'most beautiful village' and Castle Park that we see today

Apremont-sur-Allier guide

Argenton-sur-Creuse:

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

Argenton-sur-Creuse guide

Aubigny-sur-Nere:

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

Aubigny-sur-Nere guide

 
 

Azay-le-Rideau:

The village of Azay-le-Rideau is best known for its castle but also has a pleasant centre with a historic church and mill to explore

Azay-le-Rideau guide

Beaugency:

A small town on the banks of the Loire River, Beaugency squeezes a remarkable number of interesting sights in a small space!

Beaugency guide

Bellegarde:

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

Bellegarde guide

Blois:

The town of Blois, with its castle, cathedral, extensive historic centre and other monuments is one of our favourite Loire Valleyt towns

Blois guide

Bourges:

Although Bourges is known for its stunning cathedral, it also has a substantial medieval centre and the Palais Jacques-Coeur among its many places of interest

Bourges guide

 
 

Bourges Cathedral:

Bourges Cathedral guide

Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur:

Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur guide

Brenne Regional Natural Park:

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

Brenne Regional Natural Park guide

Briare:

With the Loire River and the Canal de Briare crossing in the centre of Briare it is not surprising that water based activities are important here

Briare guide

Candes-Saint-Martin:

In the village of Candes-Saint-Martin, a 'most beautiful village in France', you can see the Vienne river, a medieval collegiale church and a lovely viewpoint

Candes-Saint-Martin guide

Cathedral of Sainte-Croix, Orleans:

Cathedral of Sainte-Croix, Orleans guide

Chartres:

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

Chartres guide

Chartres Cathedral:

Chartres Cathedral guide

Chateau Chinon:

Château de Chinon retains more medieval elements than most Loire Valley castles

Chateau Chinon guide

Chateau d'Amboise:

The Chateau d'Amboise is a castle with

Chateau d'Amboise guide

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau:

Not the most luxurious or largest castle in the region, it is the beauty and waterside location that gives the Chateau d'Azay-le Rideau its special charm

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau guide

Chateau de Blois:

One of the most impressive of the Loire castles, the Chateau de Blois is best known for its double helix renaissance staircase

Chateau de Blois guide

Chateau de Chambord:

The largest castle in the Loire Valley, Chateau de Chambord exceeds all expectations with its grandeur - despite being built as a hunting lodge and rarely occupied!

Chateau de Chambord guide

Chateau de Chaumont:

The small village of Chaumont-sur-Loire is dominated by the Chateau de Chaumont, one of the largest Loire Valley castles and with a famous annual International Garden Festival

Chateau de Chaumont guide

Chateau de Chenonceau:

The perfectly lovely Chateau-de-Chenonceau includes a renaissance gallery across the river and gardens designed by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis

Chateau de Chenonceau guide

Chateau de Cheverny:

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

Chateau de Cheverny guide

Chateau de Clos Lucé at Amboise:

Chateau de Clos Lucé at Amboise guide

Chateau de Langeais:

Château de Langeais is a medieval-renaissance castle with nicely furnished rooms and the oldest castle keep in France

Chateau de Langeais guide

Chateau de Valencay:

The renaissance style castle and formal gardens make the Chateau de Valencay among the most interesting in the Loire

Chateau de Valencay guide

Chateau de Villandry:

The rooms at Chateau de Villandry can be explored, but it is the world famous French style gardens here that will hold your attention the longest

Chateau de Villandry guide

Chateau du Rivau:

One of the more modest castles in the region, both the Chateau de Rivau and its associated gardens are very pleasant to explore

Chateau du Rivau guide

Chateaudun:

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

Chateaudun guide

Chateauroux:

A little remote from the main tourist routes, Chateauroux is quite a sprawling town but has some sites of interest in its historic centre

Chateauroux guide

Chinon:

As well as the castle, Chinon has a very impressive medieval centre to explore and lovely river views

Chinon guide

Crissay-sur-Manse:

Explore the lovely stone houses and narrow streets in the tiny village of Crissay-sur-Manse

Crissay-sur-Manse guide

Culan:

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

Culan guide

Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard:

The Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard in Amboise is the first Renaissance manor house in France, newly restored and surrounded by lovely gardens

Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard guide

Gargilesse-Dampierre:

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

Gargilesse-Dampierre guide

Gien:

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

Gien guide

Issoudun:

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

Issoudun guide

La Chatre:

La Chatre is a small town and quick to explore - before setting off to discover the other castles and countryside nearby

La Chatre guide

Langeais:

The Chateau de Langeais, combining medieval and renaissance elements, will attract you here - but you will want to explore a little further when you arrive...

Langeais guide

Lavardin:

With a river and ancient bridge below and an ancient castle above Lavardin, it is an exceptionally pretty little village

Lavardin guide

Loches:

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

Loches guide

Mehun-sur-Yevre:

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

Mehun-sur-Yevre guide

Montargis:

With more than 130 bridges across the numerous canals and rivers in Montargis, it is the scenery along these waterways that is the highlight here

Montargis guide

Montresor:

On the Indrois river, it is the quaint old town, the castle and the collegiale church that will be the focus of your visit to the pretty village of Montresor

Montresor guide

Nogent-le-Rotrou:

Within the Perche Regional Natural Park, in Nogent-le-Rotrou you can discover the castle and other ancient monuments

Nogent-le-Rotrou guide

Nohant-Vic:

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

Nohant-Vic guide

Orleans:

The large town of Orleans has a great deal to recommend it: a famous cathedral, an extensive old town, a riverside promenade, and some lovely gardens nearby

Orleans guide

Parc Floral de la Source, Orleans:

Parc Floral de la Source, Orleans guide

Saint-Benoit-du-Sault:

The unspoiled medieval streets in the 'most beautiful village' of Saint-Benoit-de-Sault quickly take you back several hundred years in time

Saint-Benoit-du-Sault guide

Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey:

Fans of romanesque architecture will appreciate the many period features in the 12th century Abbey of Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire

Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey guide

Saint-Chartier:

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

Saint-Chartier guide

Sancerre:

The pretty village of Sancerre is best known for the famous wines of the same name produced nearby - and to be samlped in the village!

Sancerre guide

Tavant:

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

Tavant guide

Tours:

Tours is a large important town with numerous monuments, gardens and medieval buildings, and is also well placed to explore the west of the Loire Valley

Tours guide

Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters:

The la Psalette cloister and the cathedral of Tours together make a very impressive religious monument with various architectural styles

Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters guide

Valencay:

The castle is the main attraction here, but we also suggest a visit to the Museum de l'Automobile and a stroll along the river

Valencay guide

Vendome:

Now listed as a 'town of art and history', Vendome retains many monuments from its active past despite extensive wartime damage

Vendome guide

Yevre-le-Chatel:

The walk along the Rimarden river, the traditional charm and the ruined castle all contributed to Yevre-le-Chatel being listed as a 'most beautiful village in France'

Yevre-le-Chatel guide