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Loire Tourist Information Guide

The Loire Valley is known as ‘The Garden of France’ with its fertile fields, tapestry of vineyards and ancient forests. This area boasts an abundance of fairytale Renaissance châteaux, dotted along the wide shallow river Loire. Eurocamp Independent's guide to Loire Tourist Information includes links to the best campsites in the Loire valley, with details on Loire tourist attractions and sightseeing suggestions to make the most of your motorhome, tent and or caravan holiday in France.

Eating out in Loire

Loire Cuisine - If you have a sweet tooth, take home some Quernons d'Ardoise, a speciality of Anjou made from caramelised praline, hazelnuts and almonds, coated in blue chocolate!

While you are in Loire why not sample the wines from the 4 main regions: Muscadet, Anjou de Saumur, Touraine and Sancerre.

Loire Sightseeing and Culture

Must see locations and information for tourists visiting Loire:

While you are in the Loire a fantastic place to visit is the Planète Futuroscope, an amusement park devoted to new image technology, near Poitiers.

This is the largest and one of the most important of the Loire châteaux. Massive park surroundings afford a spectacular approach to this creation of François I.

The magnificent château dominates this town, its most impressive feature being the spiral staircase designed, some say, by Leonardo da Vinci.

Dominated entirely by its château, this small town consists of one street running parallel to the river.

Probably the best known of all the Loire châteaux, it served as a crossing point over the River Cher between occupied and free France during World War I.

Loire Châteaux

The major attraction of the Loire Valley is, of course, the châteaux.

Amboise - only a proportion of what was once an immense edifice survives.

Angers - a large, medieval ‘château fort’

Beaugency - 15th century Dunois château with an 11th century keep.

Blois - pride of place goes to the magnificent external staircase, one of the symbols of French Renaissance art.

Chambord - the largest and one of the most important of the Loire châteaux with massive park surroundings.

Chaumont - overlooking the Loire, surrounded by a beautiful English park designed in the 19th century.

Chenonceau - five elegant arches span the river in a sumptuous setting.

Cheverny - an elegant country mansion, built in the classical style of the 17th century, and set in a large park.

Chinon - an impressive ruin and powerful medieval stronghold, which towers over the old town and river Vienne.

Langeais - a forbidding exterior with elegant, beautifully furnished apartments.

Loches - one of the most celebrated of the Loire châteaux, with impressive dungeons and extensive ramparts.

Montreuil-Bellay - an attractive little château, surrounded by ramparts, towers and moats.

Ussé - the fairy-tale white turrets are supposed to have inspired the story of the Sleeping Beauty.

How to get to the Loire

Take a short morning crossing to Calais with a drive of around 6 to 7 hours. Or cross to Caen with a drive of around 5 hours.

Campsites in the Loire