Places to visit Touraine

Famous chateaux of Touraine Loire Valley include :

Loudun is the ideal base from which to take the short trip to the « Royal » Loire Valley and its array of magnificent chateaux, steeped in history, with striking architecture, beautiful gardens and breathtaking views of the Loire and her tributaries. You will have an opportunity to discover the part of France what is considered as the « garden of France ». Most of the chateaux in the Anjou and Touraine area are easily reached by car.

Chinon, overhanging the town, which is located on the banks of the Vienne River, is the magnificent Royal Forteress. There are guided tours or you may discover by yourself.
The magic Ussé, very wellknown as « The Castle of the Sleeping Beauty » is only 40 km away.

The château of Villandry and gardens 
VillandryThis is the last of the great chateaux of the Loire built during the Renaissance in the Loire Valley.
The sober elegance of its architecture combined with the charm of its outstanding gardens make this one of the jewels of world heritage.

There are many other interesting castles such as Azay-le-Rideau, Riveau, Loches, Amboise, Blois.

We are also close to some lesser known more intimate chateaux, their owners have their doors wide open for you to spend some time in the setting where their ancestors used to live.
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