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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70 ans plus tard, Chambord renoue avec la tradition du sons et lumières

Many of us don't know it, but it was at Chambord that the world's first sound and light show was initiated in 1952. If the great night-time shows have since fallen asleep, 2022 will see them reborn on the occasion of the Nuits de Chambord, a great fresco combining history with legends. The event, which will take place over two evenings in the spring, will take spectators on a journey to the origins of one of the most prestigious châteaux in ...

Chaumont-Photo-sur-Loire : voyage à la découverte de la nature et des paysages

As winter sets in, the Chaumont-sur-Loire estate is offering the fourth edition of its photography festival Chaumont-Photo-sur-Loire. This year, the upper and lower galleries of the château, the Agnès Varda courtyard gallery and the asinerie will open their spaces to the artists Tania Mouraud, Raymond Depardon, Edward Burtynsky, Pascal Convert and the duo Clark and Pougnaud. The works invite to a sweet photographic journey through the ...

Que faire lors d'un week-end à Tours ?

Capital of Touraine, city located on the banks of the Loire and the Cher, Tours is an ideal destination to escape for a weekend or more! An ancient Gallo-Roman city, it reveals superb vestiges of past eras. It is very pleasant to walk or cycle through it, and to go from one district to another to soak up their identity. A student city, it is always very lively, with squares lined with bars and streets full of restaurants. Gastronomy is an ...

Chartres, escapade culturelle et gourmande à 1h de Paris

Famous for its Notre-Dame cathedral, city of the architect Jehan de Beauce and the famous writer Charles Péguy, Chartres is a subtle blend of history and modernity. Dynamic and lively, it conceals small architectural, cultural and gastronomic treasures Notre-Dame de Chartres, a majestic ambassador Situated on the highest point of the city, at an altitude of 170 m, Chartres Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, can be seen from more ...

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