Places to Visit & Things to do
There are leaflets and recommendations given by our guests in our Guests Recommendations book, and some ideas are listed below. We would suggest that you visit the following websites which have a lot of up-to-date information on what to do and where to go within the Loire Valley:
The Loire region is famed for it’s magnificent chateaux of which there are more than 300. Most date back to the early 1100’s and were homes to the Kings, Queens and nobility of France.
The famous Chateau straddling the River Cher and Amboise, built by Charles Vlll in the 15th century which has magnificent views over the River Loire.
The chateau which dominates the town, is now a ruin but provides a fascinating
history back to the days of Jeanne D’Arc.
Azay-le-Rideau has a pretty chateau that straddles the river Indre just south of Tours.
Usse, the fairy-tale chateau west of Tours which is said to have been the home of Sleeping Beauty!
Nearby the smaller chateaux of Saumur and Le Lude provide a great insight into life during these periods.
Just 15minutes East of Saumur in the small town of Candes Saint Martin is Château de Moh which was used by X Factor judge Simon Cowell as his judges house in 2015. It was originally the summer residence of the Bishops of Tours.
Because of it’s climate the Loire Valley is adorned by vineyards that stretch from Sancerre to the Atlantic.
The regions of Anjou, Saumur and Nantes are the main grape growing areas. The tourist route around the vineyards of the Loire Valley leads wine lovers from cellars to vineyards and from visits to imposing castles and abbeys to cave dwellings.
Saumur, famous for it’s sparkling wines is also well worth a visit for a tour of it’s many traditional wine caves.
Many of the wine tours can be booked through the tourist information office in Saumur.
Paddling down the River Loire is an obvious way of exploring the heart of the Valley, although not all the river is navigable.
Places offering canoe hire and expeditions include Base de Loisirs de Millocheau in Saumur where half day trips from Saumur to Montsoreau (13km) and full day trips to Chinon (25km) are available.
In Angers the Canoe-Kayak-Clubs d’Angers organises descents of the River Mayene and stocks information on other clubs in the Valley.
There are a number of highly acclaimed golf courses, suitable for all levels of player. Among these are a 9 - hole course in Saumur, a fabulous 18 - hole championship course at Baugé and the glorious chateaux course at Sept de Tours.