Along the banks of the Loire, Cher, Indre and Vienne
The Loire Valley is full of beautiful wild landscapes, but that is not all! Its small charming towns and villages blend in perfectly with the natural Loire Valley countryside. Come and discover these unique sites nestling by the Loire and its tributaries.
Along the banks of the Loire: Meung-sur-Loire and Beaugency
At Meung-sur-Loire, the Mauves rivers reveal the secrets of the old mills, and it was in the château here that the bishops of Orléans chose to reside for four centuries. The visit even includes the dungeons!
The medieval town of Beaugency is also bursting with charm. Visit the town hall with its famous 17th century hangings, the Tour César (an 11th century keep) and the town's bridge, the oldest one over the Loire!
Chinon and the Vienne, Loches and Indre
Cradled by the Vienne and surrounded by vineyards, the home town of François Rabelais has much to offer. Chinon, "ville d’art et d’histoire" (city of art and history) is overlooked by the ramparts of its fortress. Take a stroll through the twisting historic streets and discover their attractive half-timbered houses.
Loches overlooks the valley of the Indre. This royal city certainly merits its label as a "Ville d’art et d’histoire", and offers a wonderful view from the top of its well-preserved (and very tall!) keep. Don't fail to visit the Royal Lodgings, Chancellery, St-Antoine Tower and Cordeliers Gate.
Montrichard sur le Cher
Montrichard, on the banks of the Cher, is another medieval town full of old houses and a château with long walls and a keep. Take a trip along the Cher on a canoe, pedalo or more traditional boat and soak up the town's charm from over the water.
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