The castles of the Loire
TOURAINE, THE "GARDEN OF FRANCE" UNVEILS ITS FABULOUS CASTLES, IN THE HEART OF THE VALLEY OF THE LOIRE CLASSIFIED BY UNESCO.
Beautiful, dynamic and lively, Tours is a must on the road of the castles of the Loire ... Its Roman origins and its medieval architecture give it a unique cachet.
V200 years old and 434 m long, its Wilson bridge majestically spans the royal river, offering a pretty point of view of the surrounding countryside and the city: its "Cathedral" and "Plumereau" districts punctuated with picturesque paved streets, superb half-timbered houses and the majestic Saint-Gatien cathedral with its Psalette cloister.
The castle of Tours on the banks of the Loire, the Museum of Fine Arts, former episcopal palace of the 18th century, the renaissance hotel Gouïn, or the basilica of Saint-Martin also reveal their treasures.
On sunny days, the banks of the river come to life. The effervescence of the riverside restaurants, the blossoms of the superb Prébendes d'Oé gardens, the botanical garden or the park of the Gloriette.
The discovery of the riches of the architectural heritage of Touraine continues with the meanders of the Loire on the road of the castles ...
The diversity, beauty and history of these remarkable buildings amaze. If time is lacking, the most difficult thing will be to make a choice ...
Among the must-sees: the renaissance castle of Villandry 18 km from our hotel, Amboise Castle proudly overlooking the banks of the Loire; the Clos Lucé in Amboise, the castle of Azay-le-Rideau 25 km from Tours set in the middle of a lake with its four elegant round towers, the renaissance castle of Chenonceau beautifully spanning the Cher and its beautiful French gardens ; the castle of Blois, a mix of Gothic, Renaissance and classical architecture; the castle of Cheverny rich of a superb collections of objets d'art and tapestries and a superb park; the castle of Langeais true medieval fortress or the castle of Chaumont-sur-Loire and its magnificent gardens and of course, the castle of Chambord, the most emblematic of the castles of the Loire and the most visited of Europe, with its double revolution staircase, its 440 rooms and its 282 chimneys.
Of course, you can admire other castles by crisscrossing our beautiful region by bike and discover the mythical "wine route". The inescapable opportunity to taste many famous grape varieties: Sauvignon, Cabernet, Gamay ...