The Loire Valley is the valley of the Loire river in central France, and is known as the "Garden of France." It is significant for the quality of its architectural heritage, with historic towns such as Amboise, Blois, Chinon, Nantes, Orleans, Saumur, with as many castles of Amboise, Chenonceau and Villandry, are also famous for its beautiful landscapes that can enjoyed much more .. The landscape of the Loire Valley, and more particularly its many cultural monuments, illustrate to an exceptional degree the ideals of the Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment thought and design in Western Europe. This is an outstanding cultural landscape of great beauty, with historic towns and villages, great architectural monuments and many Chateau. On December 2, 2000, Unesco declared a major portion of this valley as a World Heritage Site. The Loire Valley is a region of priceless cultural and natural landscape. This area has the honor of hosting the biggest enclave declared a UNESCO World Heritage in the category of cultural landscapes: the Loire. A total of 280 miles that lie between Sully-sur-Loire (Loiret) and Chalonnes-sur-Loire (Anjou). A strip of land and water that opens its arms to all who wish to experience something different.
A place where its inhabitants live in harmony for centuries and where the man seems to have found their space respecting nature. The Loire Valley is a place that fascinates with its towns and cities, more than a thousand stately castles that dot the landscape, gardens, natural surroundings bathed in the Loire or its incomparable cuisine. A region that can be discovered by bike, thanks to more than 600 kilometers of bicycle paths that run through it and allow a unique experience. Discover the Loire Valley is a lesson in French history alive. Loire Castles are located in the central region (Touraine, Blesois, Orleanais, Berry (France)), but also in the Pays de la Loire (Anjou), the Loire castles were built most part or heavily rebuilt in the French Renaissance, a time when the real power was located on the banks of the Loire River, its tributaries (Indre, Cher, Vienne, Maine-et-Loir) or near (siglos XV-XVI) . Most of the castles have, however its origins in the Middle Ages they retain important architectural traces. Usually considered about 42 castles that can be called "Castles of the Loire." The concentration of monuments in this region has justified the declaration of the "Loire Valley" as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, between Sully-sur-Loire (Loiret) and Chalonnes-sur-Loire (Maine-et-Loire). His tiny houses straight out of a novel, Blois is one of those places you do not want to leave, a city definitely lovely!