Panoramic views of the Loire Valley

To discover the beauty of the Loire Valley, climb up to the top of a Loire château, a panoramic viewpoint, a headland or a bridge! They all provide stunning views of everything the river has to offer, with its tributaries and nearby towns.

Panoramic views from the châteaux of the Loire

For the most part the Loire châteaux are built on promontories, and are ideal spots for admiring the surroundings from up high. From the Châteaux of Amboise and Chaumont-sur-Loire, you can look down on the royal river. 

From the terraces of the Château of Chambord, you can gain a sense of the full extent of this wild area of ​​5,400 hectares. From the top of the Fortress of Chinon, you will be able to admire the Vienne, together with the town of Chinon and, in the distance, its expanses of vineyards. 

Finally, for a magnificent view of the Loire Valley this time, head for the ruins of the Château of Lavardin and admire the pretty village and bridge over the river.

Views of the confluences​ 

The convergence of the Loire with one of its tributaries is always an impressive sight.

In Candes-Saint-Martin there are several viewpoints worth stopping off at, including the bridge over the Vienne, the abbey church and the mill with its orientation table. They offer superb views of the confluence of the Loire and Vienne.

For even more breathtaking views, why not opt for a ride in the sky in a hot air balloon, glider or microlight?