Loving the Loire Valley
Collected by Andi Fisher, AFAR Local Expert
The Loire Valley is one of the most beautiful wine areas of France. It is known for its hundreds of chateaus as well as amazing wines and you can spend weeks and weeks on the back roads discovering new corners of this region every day.
37500 Chinon, France
The medieval fortress and royal castle are big draws in this quaint town along the Vienne river but the real charm comes from being perched above and taking in the sweeping views of medieval Chinon. This shot was taken over Easter weekend - a time...
3 D86, 37260 Monts, France
This place is really a piece of heaven. Located right in the heart of the chateaux area, easy access from Paris by train or car. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Le Moulin de Monts. Our only regret was that we were only there for 3 nights - we...
Place Saint-Louis, 41250 Chambord, France
Location, location, location. You can’t get much closer to the action at Chateau de Chambord than by planning a stay at Hotel Grand St. Michel. Nestled right next to this castle of King François I, you have unobstructed views of the largest...
41700 Cheverny, France
We were in the Loire Valley for the wedding of friends, and the one day when there were no real festivities, we planned to bike from Blois (where we were staying) to Chateau de Cheverny. It had been some time since I'd biked a long distance, let...
41150 Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
Not only is this a beautiful château but is has an incredible view of Loire Valley. Besides the chateau which often houses an art exhibit on its top floor, there are multiple gardens on the grounds that are gorgeous. There is a garden festival...
1 Château du Petit Thouars, 37500 Saint-Germain-sur-Vienne, 37500 Saint-Germain-sur-Vienne, France
It only looks like pita but this round, airy Fouée bread, a traditional specialty of the Touraine province in France, has a distinct story and utility of its own. According to legend, the Fouée emerged when bakers would test their wood ovens by...
41250 Chambord, France
...early summer light filtering through a window in the 16th-century Chateau de Chambord. This Renaissance palace began as a hunting lodge for François I. Leonardo da Vinci may have played a role in designing part of it. Today, it's the largest...
Rue de Pineau, 37190 Azay-le-Rideau, France
I lived in France for a bit and with every day my love continues to grow beyond any words could ever describe. One of my favorite parts was visiting the centuries old architecture still standing representing the rich pride the French have for...
106 Rue du Commerce, 37000 Tours, France
If you’re traveling in the Loire valley in France, you’ll sure end up in the city of Tours. Is in the path to the Loire castles, there’s the beautiful cathedral, the quaint rues and the famous Place Plumereau or Place Plum as locals call it. The...
Rue Victor Hugo - 124, Promenade de Waulsort, 37210 Noizay, France
During a recent tour of the Loire Valley in France, I had the wonderful pleasure of staying overnight in the beautiful Chateau de Noizay. I stayed in the suite name Mme Seivigne and felt like a princess. This shot was taken from the original hand...
3 Rue Principale, 37510 Villandry, France
You can spend hours and hours walking through and photographing the phenomenal gardens in the Chateau de Villandry without even thinking about going inside the chateau itself. Changed four times a year to match the seasons the intricate designs on...
37150 Chenonceaux, France
Along a most beautiful path way you first come across an emerald laden canopied moat, where you can imagine the gallantry of renaissance horse riding. To your left, as you draw nearer to the chateau, you pass the Italian maze created by Catherine...
37150 Chenonceaux, France
This chateau is a personal favorite. Most of the photos you see of it show it show it lording over the Cher river, but I decided to use a photo showing one of the courtyards. As is typical with many of the wonderful chateaus of France there are...
D729, La Forêt, 37420 Rigny-Ussé, France
This chateau built in the 15th and 16th centuries was said to have inspired Charles Perrault to write his fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. It has beautiful gardens with views of the Indre river and it beautifully decorated - including a room with a...
2 Rue du Château, 49260 Brézé, France
Château de Brézé is a very interesting chateau outside of Saumur. You don't visit it for the chateau above ground which includes a dry-moat, you visit it for its trogloditic basement where some of the chateau's vineyard activity takes place. It's...
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