The Loire Valley has probably the highest concentration of castles in France. Inseparable from the history of France, its castles have also contributed to the World’s Heritage of Humanity‘s classification by UNESCO since 2000.
Discover the most famous castles of the Loire Valley; immerse yourself in the time of the French Renaissance.
Follow our Loire Valley tour of the most beutifull castles and manors.
The elegant Château d’Amboise
The Château d’Amboise is a royal fortress where remains Leonardo da Vinci. Located in the town of Amboise, the castle was the King Charles VIII and François 1er residence in late fifteenth and early sixteenth century.
This iconic monument and its landscaped gardens offer one of the most remarkable views of the Loire Valley. It is today characterized by UNESCO as a monument of world cultural heritage.
The Castle is open to visitors every day of the year except January 1st and December 25th.
The charming Château de Chenonceau
Built in 1513 by Katherine Briçonnet, spanning le Cher, Chenonceau castle remain the most visited Castle of France after the Versailles.
Chenonceau is not only remarkable for its architecture and history but also by the richness of its furniture.
It owns an exceptional painting collection, from great painters. And a very rare selection of Flemish tapestries of the XVI century.
The majestic Château de Chambord
Classified as one of Unesco’s World Heritage sites since 1981, the Château de Chambord is an essential step of your trip to the Loire Valley. It is the largest and most prestigious castle of the French Renaissance.
More than a castle, Chambord is a gem of architecture and nature was born from the imagination and the excessiveness of François Ier.
It is a 500 years of history that you cross in a few hours. Chambord also offers many outdoor activities in the park: horse show, carriage ride, boat ride, walk or bike.
The magnificent Château de Villandry
Located halfway between Tours and Azay-le-Rideau, theVillandry Castle was completed towards 1536, it is the last of the great castles of the Loire from the Renaissance period.
Remarkable for the harmony of its architecture, it is above all best known for its magnificent Renaissance gardens, restored in the early twentieth century by a passionate: Dr. Joachim Carvallo.
They are spread over four floors: the ornamental gardens, the water gardens, the medicinal herb garden and finally the sun garden. The castle, which was redesigned in the eighteenth century, has been completely restored.
This is a family friendly place where every rooms relates the history.
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