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Visit the Loire Valley and you will discover some of France’s most magnificent châteaux and outstanding vineyards, as well as gentile, fertile landscapes that are a joy to explore – both on foot and on two wheels.
It’s not difficult to see why the great and the good of French society once flocked to the Loire. The gentle landscapes of this fertile river valley are enchantingly varied – from open rolling farmland to ancient hunting forests, and from world-class vineyards to sleepy medieval villages.
Enhancing the region’s natural beauty are the magnificent Renaissance castles and palaces erected by the country’s former kings and nobility. These include the exquisite Château de Chambord, the largest and surely most spectacular in France; Ussé, the inspiration for Charles Perrault’s Sleeping Beauty; and Villandry, famous for its amazingly intricate gardens.