Welcome to the Center Val de Loire region
This region is rich in historical heritage, in the past very appreciated by the kings of France, today visitors enjoy visiting the superb castles of the Loire, the specific villages and the great gastronomic specialties. This is a green destination ideal for promenades, where nature and the forest have a prominent place in the everyday life.
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The Centre Val de Loire region
It has remained identical in its structure as when it was simply called "Centre". It is an administrative area of the center-west of France which gathers 6 historical territories distributed on 6 departments. Beyond the images of the vast cereal fields of Beauce plains, it has 3 regional natural parks : Brenne, Loire Anjou Touraine and Perche, and a wide variety of natural landscapes.
Which are the 6 historic territories of the Centre Val de Loire region?
Territory of Berry
Rural and green, Berry is just as much a pleasure for nature and walking amateurs as it is for those who appreciate old stones and beautiful gardens. Berry also offers to its visitors the possibility to make numerous discoveries, from Renaissance castles, to Romanesque churches, classified villages with picturesque streets or the natural park of Bremen. Today, the historical Berry encompasses the departments of Cher and Indre.
Territory of the Perche
Peaceful and green, it is a region prized by horseback riding amateurs. Perche is also a delight for people who like nature, with its countryside landscapes favorable to resourcing, its old manors, its fortified farms and its typical villages. The Perche's modesty doesn't prevent it to hide some beautiful gems that just ask to be found. As the Chartres cathedral which is a masterpiece of Gothic art classified by UNESCO.
Territory of Sologne
Much more than a simple wood, Sologne is a destination that vibrates to the rhythm of colors and seasons, which is the essence of this land full of character. Situated between the Orleans and Berry areas, you will find a poetic land of unexpected surprises. Just 1h30 from Paris, you will discover a green and wild area, where Mother Nature is the queen! Art and heritage lovers, keep your eyes open, there are many treasures here in Sologne.
Territory of Orléans
Culture and natural spaces are the pearls of heritage that cohabit harmoniously to enhance the whole of the Orleans region. With beautiful cities of art, castles of renaissance or medieval style, parks and ponds, the region has plenty of places of exception. For those who love sweets, there are some regional specialties such as pithiviers, tarte Tatin, Sologne honey or cotignac d'Orléans.
Territory of Touraine
The Touraine is one of the must-see destinations of the Centre Val de Loire region, with a very rich heritage that can only please people who like history and architecture. Sublime castles, typical and charming villages, exceptional gardens and the lovely town of Tours, historic and French language capital by excellence. If you are looking for bucolic walks, you will find the paths of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Natural Park.
The Loire Valley Territory
It includes all the prestigious castles along the river, an undeniable hghlight of the Loire Valley. Be sure that you will find, from Chambord to Chenonceau, from Blois to Amboise, from Villandry to Azay le Rideau, the architectural gems that compete with grace and brilliance for the influence of the historical and cultural heritage. However, the quality of the Loire wines is still trying to make their way to a certain level of notoriety.
Which are the departments of Centre Val de Loire region?
Department of Cher (18)
In the middle of France, in the Centre-Val de Loire region, the Cher constitutes, with the Indre, the old historical province of Berry, a charming destination. The area is full of emblematic sites such as the Cathedral of Bourges, the George Sand Estate or the Abbey of Noirlac, among others. After visiting Bourges, a stroll to explore the surrounding area will be an enriching and relaxing experience.
Department of Indre (36)
A part of France which took the name of the river that crosses it, geologically it belongs to the southern part of the Parisian basin. Mainly made up of plains towards the Brenne park and in the Champagne berrichonne, the country of the thousand ponds, remains a wild land, a refuge for biodiversity. Earth of inspiration, George Sand was subjugated by the villages of the Indre, leading the impressionist painters to immortalize these bucolic landscapes.
Department of Loir et Cher (41)
Prized by the kings of France in the past, the department, with its rich historical heritage, attracts visitors from all over the world. Combining nature and architectural wealth, it offers the opportunity to visit the famous castle of Chambord, the city of Blois, the Sologne landscapes, the banks of the Loire River or the vineyards along the Cher river. There is so many assets making it an essential and fascinating destination for memorable vacations in the region of the Loir et Cher.
Department of Eure et Loir (28)
Composed of the former provinces of Orleans, of Maine (Perche) and of Ile-de-France, the department, due to its strategic position, has been, since antiquity, a territory at the heart of great pages in the French history. The mythical Carnutes forest, in Gallic times, hosted the annual meeting of druids from all over Gaul. Visitors will be impressed by the region's built heritage, including the cathedral of Chartre, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Department of Indre et Loire (37)
A mild climate, hilly landscapes, exceptional wildlife, thousand-year-old vineyards and the unique concentration of the most beautiful castles in France, welcome to Touraine! It is a land apart, everywhere their slender silhouettes stand out in the landscape, on less than 100km, The Garden of France is a group of the largest and most beautiful castles of the Loire Valley, and a conservatory of pure French tradition.
Department of Loiret (45)
In the Loiret department, you will find a magnificent collection of castles, museums and other natural spaces. It is also here in Loiret that you will find the biggest national park in France, and the abbey of Saint Benoît sur Loire, a marvelous testimony of roman art. Explore the Loiret by water, it's a timeless journey to fill up with emotion and authenticity. Aboard a traditional toue, the vagaries of large waterways, the fauna and flora, will no longer hold any secret for you.
The 24 most beautiful castles of the Loire Valley open to the public
Here is a list of the castles on which we were most focused, although there are at least 100 castles in the Loire Valley open to visitors, many of them all year round. We have observed that many domains may require several days of visits, in particular if they have a park or a garden.
The Royal Abbey of Fontevraud recounts to us what it was supposed to be, a vision embodied by its old stones equipped with a modernity technico-environnementale. Open all year - Schedules and rates
Fougère sur Bièvre
Different from the great castles of the Loire by its sober and powerful architecture, with limestone rubble of Beauce and tufa stone from the banks of the Cher for the molded parts. Open all year - Schedules and rates
A medieval fortress built on a rocky spur for over 1000 years. This majestic site houses a superb castle with its romantic gardens. Open all year - Schedules and rates
As if out of a fairy tale, the castle proudly dominates the city across the river. It' a magnificent testimony of the princely residences of the Valois dynasty.
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The Château de Valençay keeps in mind its illustrious owner, C.M. de Talleyrand, a great French diplomat, who indulged in an aristocratic way of life. Open all year - Schedules and rates
On 7 floors, it is the highest castle in France called "Géant du Val de Loire". Acquired in 1502 by the Lord of Brissac, the family has kept it up ever since with force and passion. Open all year - Schedules and rates
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Sully sur Loire
Behind its impressive military appearance, the medieval fortress reveals all the grace of the Renaissance castles projecting its reflection in the water of the moat.
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The most beautiful testimony of the Renaissance art, no visitors can remain impassive to the beauty of the sculpted french style gardens of the castle of Villandry. Open all year - Schedules and rates