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Centre-Val de Loire

Discover the region Centre-Val de Loire

The Centre region Val de Loire is popular for its exceptional historical heritage. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site d in the world heritage in 2000, it concentrates a large number of amazing monuments among which the châteaux of the Loire. Discover 21 châteaux of the Vallée des Rois, the buildings built during the French Renaissance where the royal power was concentrated on the banks of the river of the Loire and its tributaries. Land of châteaux, the Val de Loire region also possesses an amazing natural heritage : parks and gardens of exception, nature reserves, lakes, swamp … Let yourself tempted by the green spaces !

A region known for its historical and natural heritage

 

The châteaux de la Loire establish the jewels of the Val de Loire. Heritage was inherited from the French Renaissance, the lovers of history are going to appreciate the 21 exceptional châteaux which strew the region: Amboise, Blois, Angers, Saumur, Brézé … You will be amazed by the architectural beauty of monuments as the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, the biggest monastic city of Europe where lived Alienor d' Aquitaine, today become a place of gastronomy and culture.

Val de Loire possesses gardens and parks of exception. Various floral and plant landscapes can be contemplated. A romantic atmosphere gets free of gardens of Plessis-Sasnières, Roquelin, Garenne-Lemot, the Pagoda of Chanteloup or still on the paths of Rose to Doué-La-Fontaine. Also discover the gardens of châteaux (Villandry, Rivau, Valmer, Chamerolles) with its formal gardens or English-style, kitchen gardens, forests, vineyards and old roses. They will plunge you into an atmosphere of fairy tales.

The green spaces are diversified and invite you to make beautiful botanical discoveries as the seasons go by. The floral park of the Source in Orléans, Terra Botanica, the oriental park of Maulévrier and the Arboretum of the Big Heathers pull you into different and colored decorations.

The region Centre Val de Loire possesses a remarkable natural environment, several natural reserves sprinkle the territory as the national reserve of Saint-Mesmin in Orléans which holds more than 500 botanical species. Discover to 500 meters of the campsite 5 stars Sandaya Château des Marais the national reserve of hunting and wildlife of 800 hectares, it is the biggest closed forest park of Europe. It accommodates numerous representative animals of Sologne (wild boars, deers …).

Concerning gastronomy, the truffle, the sautbed pork morsels and the rillette of Tours, the Dung of Chavignol, the wines of Chinon AOC(Chinon protected designation of origin) and the cheeses are going to delight your papillae during your stay. Come taste the local cooking at the edge of the Loire in the certified establishments " Touraine Gourmande ", " Cook in Loir-et-Cher " or " Restaurant owners of France ". During the summer period of Open-air dance halls, local dishes are organized, music are the program of your holidays in the Val de Loire. Take advantage of a gastronomic stroll by bicycle to discover the various markets, the wine cellars of Saumurois and the lifestyle of the region.

Val de Loire is also a region rich in culture. Concerts, festivals, dances, musics and festivities liven up Vallée des Rois. The city of Tours welcome every summer American Tours festival, musical event which invites to dive into the American culture: rock&roll, vintage, country, western, rodeo, etc. The Domaine de Chaumont welcomes every year the International Festival of the Gardens where you will have the opportunity to discover the last contemporary creations in the field of gardens and landscapes. During the summer period, the domain is opened the evening and proposes night-animations: musics, walks in gardens, projections sound and light...