Chambord, Chenonceau,,Azay-le-Rideau, Chinon, Chaumont, Amboise,,Ussé, Cheverny... The names of the Loire castles speak to everyone and remind tourists that France, before being republican, was a rich and envied kingdom in Europe. Less than 200 kilometres from Paris, around the Loire, stand a multitude of jewels, the most beautiful of which, Chambord, was built at the initiative of François I, the knight king, in love with the Italian Renaissance. Chenonceau is the witness of King Henry II's love for his favourite Diane de Poitiers. History castles, and literary castles: visit Ussé, which inspired the writing of Sleeping Beauty, or Château de Saché, which hosted Balzac and houses its museum. Finally, do not miss the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, a magnificent monastic city that houses the tomb of Richard the Lionheart.

If the historical and cultural heritage of the Loire Valley is undeniable, the region's sights are numerous. Troglodytic habitats, mild climate, bike rides on the banks of the Loire or Indre, renowned gastronomy and wines are all reasons to visit this beautiful region!

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If the Loire Castles region can be visited in any season, the high tourist season takes place during the summer holidays of July and August. Its proximity to the Loire and the Atlantic makes the climate mild enough in summer and pleasant enough to visit the region. However, prices rise during this period and it is better to book your accommodation well in advance to avoid any unpleasant surprises. The mid-season (April-May and September-November) may be the ideal time to visit the region. Temperatures are mild (even if the weather is uncertain) and the forests are tinged with beautiful colours in spring and autumn

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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 ...

Collections ! Collections ! l'art textile dans tous ses états à Angers

When we talk about tapestry, we often think of large hunting scenes that decorate the walls of the most beautiful French castles. However, this art underwent an incredible renewal at the end of the 1960s, when two approaches came into conflict: if the first is traditional and classical, the second is more unbridled, even totally experimental, this is what we call the New Tapestry. The exhibition at the Musée Jean-Lurçat et de la Tapisserie ...

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