With its numerous royal chateaux and beautiful landscapes along the wide Loire river, Loire Valley is one of France’s most-visited regions. Rolling vineyards, pretty stone towns and a wide selection of excellent hotels and restaurants await.
Things To Do
The Loire Valley produces many wonderful wines. A wine tasting in the cellars is a great way to learn more about the region and its wine-making methods. If you want to buy after you try, most wine houses will ship your purchases home.
The kitchen and ornamental gardens at Villandry are world famous. A reference in formal garden design, open all year round. The entire grounds are maintained free from chemicals or pesticides, making them entirely organic. A visit here is bound to inspire any garden designer.
Running from late April to mid October every year, this garden festival – started in 1992 – is a brilliant laboratory and showcase for all kinds of garden design.
Where To Stay
Where To Eat
26 quai Villebois Mareuil, 41 000 Blois
Chef Christophe Hay’s new address is a two-Michelin-star restaurant nestled inside a 5-star hotel, lost in the splendid forest of Blois. Serving beautifully crafted local fare backed up by an impressive wine list, this is surely already one of Loire’s finest addresses.
94 Route de Montsoreau, 49400 Saumur
Set on the grounds of a leafy park, this finely dressed restaurant uses its location to its advantage. The menu glitters with regional produce like mushrooms and Parthenais beef, offset by homemade bread and garden vegetables.
Rue Racine, 37400 Amboise
Fine french food served with simplicity. Located in the heart of Amboise, seating inside or outside in the garden with lovely views.
728 Route de Villerest, 42155 Ouches
Stylish and contemporary design within the walls of a former farmhouse. The five-star hotel boasts a three-star Michelin restaurant and offers the ideal location for visiting the area.