Loire Valley

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Loire Valley Cities and Towns

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The largest city in the Loire is a vibrant university town with lively cafes, nightlife, extensive shopping, and a historic medieval quarter.

Orleans

The most famous of the several cities associated with Jean d’ Arc, Orleans was the capital of medieval France. Though heavily bombed in WWII, the largely pedestrianized town center still has a number of historic buildings and pleasant squares and gardens.

Sancerre

Atop a high hill, this charming town offers spectacular views of the surrounding vineyards. Several excellent Sancerre wineries offer tastings in town.

Chinon

The ruined 12th-century, fortress-chateaux of Chinon towers over this picturesque town on the banks of the river Vienne, in the heart of the Loire’s most famous red wine region.

Bourges

Somewhat off the beaten track in the southeast berry region, the town of Bourges is notable for its well-preserved, Gothic architecture.

Saumur

With a fairytale chateau towering above the river, Saumur is filled with architectural treasures dating to the 12th century. Noted for mushroom cultivation and sparkling Saumur wine, it’s also home to the French National Equestrian School.

Angers

A lively and populous city spanning the river Maine, the imposing Chateau d’ Angers is a massive fortress of 17 towers enclosing delightful gardens and parks.

Amboise

Well located as a base for touring the Loire chateaux, the small town of Amboise offers a fine selection of hotels and restaurants. Towering above is the jewel-like, Renaissance-era St. Hubertus chapel.

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