The Centre-Val de Loire Region includes 6 departments: Cher, Eure-et-Loir, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loiret and Loir-et-Cher. A rural and relatively sparsely populated territory, but with a strong demographic development, it is home to only two metropolises of more than 400,000 inhabitants, Tours and Orléans. Then there are the charming cities with their historic centres: Blois, Bourges or Chartres. Crossed by the Loire Valley, this territory is especially known for its sumptuous castles, and particularly the most famous of them, the castle of Chenonceau and the castle of Chambord. It is also a popular wine destination for its white wines, including Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. In addition, the Centre-Val de Loire, with its gentle relief, is a particularly suitable destination for cycle tourism with itineraries totalling 800 km in length (La Loire à Vélo) and hiking. The Beauval zoo is pampering its famous baby panda, christened by the First Lady of France

Castles should not make you forget the cathedrals! Those of Chartres, Orleans, Tours or Bourges are as many jewels. You should also see the Jacques-Cœur palace in Bourges and the Briare canal bridge. The banks of the Loire River, rolling forests, villages and fields make up a romantic and charming landscape. All in all, an inspiring country, that of Descartes, Rabelais, Balzac, Proust and George Sand... So bring your Petit Futé Centre-Val-de-Loire to review your history of France and prepare for your stay!

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Touraine, Sologne, Berry, Beauce... These lands evoke a certain sweetness, but don't trust them too much. It is best to plan your stay in the Centre-Val de Loire in the summer, as the grey and rainy weather is not suitable for rural landscapes. The high tourist season is the summer, during which you will often queue to discover the Loire castles or to visit the Beauval zoo. However, summer is a pleasant season to hike in the shade of the woods. For cycling tourism, prefer spring. River tourism is reserved for the beautiful season. As for the discovery of the vineyards, it is in autumn you will have the most beautiful landscapes. The Centre-Val de Loire is a destination that is well suited to families and particularly to grandparents with their grandchildren who can take advantage of stays around the history of France scheduled during the school holidays. It is during the summer season that you can admire the most beautiful night-time sound and light shows on the facades of the Loire castles. In winter, you can enjoy a pleasant stay in Orléans. Schedule your visit for the Christmas market, you won't be disappointed. But the festivals on the banks of the Loire River in summer are also worth the detour. In Tours, we celebrate in 2020 the 220th anniversary of the birth of Balzac and every year, at the beginning of July, the USA with the American Tours Festival, 100 % US culture! So finally, the best time to go to the Centre-Val de Loire will be in the summer for hiking, cycling and other outdoor activities, but you can plan your stay during other seasons according to your interests.

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Le Loir-et-Cher, entre châteaux de la Loire et zoo d'exception

The Loir-et-Cher is a French department located in the Centre-Val de Loire region, slightly south-west of Paris. This destination has 24 castles that can be visited, including the very prestigious, magnificent, flamboyant Chambord castle. Blois also offers you its arms. This city with its obscure history will never cease to amaze you the more you discover its history and wealth. First of all, the sublime view of the Loire River spanned by ...

16 balades vigneronnes à vivre à la rentrée pour découvrir les vins du Val de Loire

It is now an unmissable event at the start of the new school year, and in 2020 the wine walks will return to the Loire Valley. 16 wine walks where, for several hours, walkers set off to discover the most beautiful wine growing areas in a region listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guided by a winegrower, this is an opportunity to learn more about the winegrowing know-how and the profession, and the stroll is punctuated by tasting moments, ...

Retour du Son & Lumière au château de Blois

The show "Ainsi Blois vous est conté" is one of the first Son & Lumière shows to have been created in the courtyard of a French castle. For 25 years, it has been illuminating the superb building located in the Centre-Val-de-Loir region. In 2018, new technologies were used, with immersive special effects and monumental projections, to tell the story of France and its loves, dramas and secrets. A 360°C show that makes the four façades ...

Top 10 des hébergements insolites en France

For an unforgettable night out that is out of the ordinary, Petit Futé has concocted a selection of the most amazing accommodations! Indeed, some of the establishments have no lack of imagination to offer their guests experiences that are out of the ordinary when it's time for bed. Hanging in the air or in an exceptional building, there is something for everyone. And for those who wish to wake up with a view of nature's most incredible ...

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