Because of its mild climate and the richness of its forests, the Loire Valley, which today forms the geographical unit of the Centre region, has always attracted kings and nobility who built sublime castles there. It was during the Renaissance that the most beautiful wonders came out of the earth, and all eras of art and architecture have left their mark on the different places to be visited. On either side of the Loire, you can see landscapes in relief: the undulating Perche, the Petite Beauce and the Grande Beauce, the Gâtinais, the Brenne, the Champagne berrichonne, the Sancerrois... All will delight the riders.

In 2014, the 6 departments that make up the region will have 494 structures affiliated to the FFE, with almost 34,000 licensed riders practising and 9,373 competition licences.

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Chartres en lumière : exceptionnelle mise en lumière du patrimoine de la ville

The events around the highlighting of French heritage have the wind in their sails in the country but there is one city where the show is particularly exceptional: Chartres. With 24 sites illuminated throughout the city, over a period covering 6 months of the year, and 7 days a week, Chartres en Lumière is even the largest monument lighting operation in the world! For this 17th edition, the course will still offer many surprises and ...

Chambord, un Noël lumineux aux couleurs de la Renaissance

As part of the 500th anniversary of the Château de Chambord and on the occasion of the Christmas celebrations, a special atmosphere and many activities await visitors. An exhibition of fir trees, decorated by partners such as Fauchon or the Gens faience factory, is presented throughout the monument. Inside the splendid building, from the entrance porch, through François I's apartments, the ground floor and then the chapel, the new ...

Escapade en Touraine pour célébrer Noël au pays des châteaux

Operation Christmas in the land of castles is back for a 4th edition. An invitation to celebrate the Christmas spirit in seven of Indre-et-Loire's greatest castles. On the programme of this unmissable event are exceptional visit routes and activities with a single objective: to put stars in the eyes of the youngest and the oldest. The castles of Loches, Amboise, Chenonceau, Langeais, Villandry and its gardens, Azay-le-Rideau and the royal ...

Escapade à Tours pour goûter à la Balzacienne

In this year Balzac, Tours is offering several events to highlight the writer's strong links with his native land. While tourists and visitors have already had the opportunity to taste a cake called "Le Balzac", two craftsmen friends have created a surprising tart made from roasted dried fruit and slices of Sainte-Maure de Touraine PDO. Another gourmet way to pay tribute to this man who was ambassador of Sainte-Maure cheese in his novel La ...

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