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Lots to Do in Lovely Loire

Posted Apr 03 2013 2:34am

Loire valley is known as the Garden of France and the Cradle of French language. The Loire Valley is an enchanted land of vineyards, flowers and rolling green hills dotted with more than a thousand chateaux. It is perhaps the charm of its gentle pace of life that has, for centuries, made it a sought-after location for poets and writers. It is a step back through the history of some of France’s finest works of art.



The Loire River is France’s longest, at over 600 miles. The region commonly referred to as the Loire Valley comprises approximately 100 miles of the river’s most fertile land between Anger to the west and Orleans to the east. The river was historically a primary means of transportation, but today the sandy river is not maintained for motored boat navigation.

The Loire Valley was the site of major warfare between England and France during the middle Ages and the Hundred Years War (1337-1453). The Loire Valley’s golden age started under King Francois I in the 15th century. He hired Renaissance craftsmen from Italy, including Leonardo da Vinci, to aid inconstructing and furnishing grand castles. France’s power base resided here until around 1600.

When the aristocracy moved to the Paris region, many aristocrats continued to build chateaus along the Loire until the French Revolution. Today’s Loire Valley still has hundreds of restored and maintained chateaus from its historical past. It is also known as the “Garden of France,” with renowned wines, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and cuisine.

The entire Loire Valley region is filled with a large number of vineyards, ancient cities, cultural monuments and picturesque landscapes, which are worth visiting when on a holiday to France. The main towns, which are covered by this lush green region of the country, include Amboise, Blois, Chinon, Orleans, Saumur and Tours. One can travel to these historical towns and pay a visit to the numerous architectural monuments and buildings, which consists of castles, chateaus, cathedrals, museum, abbeys and ancient medieval houses.

One can say that the Loire valley is a cultural landscape, as one can find glaring examples of French culture and heritage over here. The biggest attractions of this region are the chateaus. These chateaus are examples of architecture dating back to the renaissance period. Some of the chateaus worth visiting include Chateau de Chambord, Chateau de Saumur, and others.

The Loire Valley provides its visitors with so many diverse attractions and activities that one trip is never going to be enough to sample its delights. The list of things to do covers everything from canoeing down the Loire river and its tributaries, to seeing the Loire chateaux from lofty heights via balloon travel or gently cycling the roads and tracks of this beautiful part of France.


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