Loire Valley

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Loire Valley

Abbaye de Fontevraud

Founded in 1101, this aristocratic abbey is the largest and perhaps most beautiful in France, with Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance buildings, extensive grounds, and even a hotel and restaurant in the old hospital.

49590 Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, +33 2 41 51 73 52, www.fontevraud.fr/
Tags: family | things to do | culture | architecture | history

Château Azay le Rideau

This château hosts one of the region’s best Son et Lumiéres, nighttime sound and light extravaganzas popular June through September. Part spectacle and part theatre, they combine light, music, and actors to create breathtaking interactive experiences.

rue de Pineau, 011-33-2-4745-4204, azay-le-rideau.monuments-nationaux.fr
Tags: family | historic | things to do | performing arts

Château de Villandry

The Loire region is dotted with dozens of spectacular gardens. Vegetables have nowhere looked more decorative than at the formal potager jardins here.

, 011-33-2-4750-0209, www.chateauvillandry.com
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors | gardens

Châteaux of the Loire

The most famous attractions of Loire Valley are its many historic chateaux, which range from medieval fortresses to elegant Renaissance palaces: Chambord, Chenonceau, Azay-Le-Rideau, Villandry, and Saumur are open daily.

, www.visaloire.com
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Cycling and walking

The region has the longest network of dedicated cycling and hiking paths in France, with many following picturesque rivers and connecting important towns and historic sites. A scenic nature ride might take you along from the historic Briare canal bridge to Sancerre, but maps for many itineraries are available on the official website.

, www.loireradweg.org
Tags: biking | things to do | history | walk


Visit this village to see its “troglodyte” cave dwellings, some of which date to the 12th century. The dwellings often have elaborately carved facades, and house barns, wine cellars, churches, and even residences.

ruelle Bussy d'Amboise and Chemin du Coteau, near Saumur, www.ville-montsoreau.fr
Tags: family | things to do | culture | history

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