Among the best-known chateaux are Chambord, Villandry, Blois and
Chenonceau, but marvel and exhilaration will still await you in many of the little known
castles and chateaux you come across along the way.
And yet, something most people don't think of, is the other architectural marvels Centre
has on offer - it is also home to two of France's great cathedrals, at Bourges and
Chartres. Plus, Chatres has some of the best examples of stained glass in France,
designed by the master-craftsmen who later constructed the magnificent windows of King
Louis IX's Sainte-Chapelle in Paris.
The Loire Valley also produces fine wines and
some traditional French cheeses from the region.
The many chateaux dotted along the river are a reminder that the Loire has always
attracted the great and the powerful, whilst picturesque villages and towns rich in art
and history are also abundant in this famous region.
The Loire river is also known as the last untamed river in Europe with many features as it
can sometimes be wild and yet others calm yet it is often unpredictable, but stretches are
there for that gentle meander down the river and if you like the idea of scenery with
wildlife, then this has got to be one of the most perfect place to visit.
In this region you can step back in time. How about looking back at the first
settlements here, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the 19th Century or even everyday
life, right through to royal splendour. The choice is yours, but it is all here in
the Centre and the Loire Valley for all to come and visit.