Langeais, France; a pleasant town in the Loire Valley

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Langeais is best known for its imposing 15th century castle which is in the centre of town in the heart of the main shopping streets. The Chateau de Langeais has many furnished rooms and important tapestries and in its extensive grounds there are gardens and the remains of an older castle which is actually the oldest castle in France.

Explore Langeais

Although the castle is the main reason to visit Langeais there are also some pleasant medieval streets to explore and a number of bars and restaurants with views onto the castle.

A walk around the streets should include a visit to the Saint Jean the Baptist church. The origins of the church date back to the fourth century though the present church was built in the 11-15th centuries. The church was originally founded by Saint Martin in the fourth century and was the first rural church in Tourraine. It forms part of one of the 'Way of Saint Martin pilgrimage routes' , the "Way of the Summer of Saint Martin" which also passes through Chinon, Candes-Saint-Martin and Tours.

Inside the work is some pretty stone work with lots of arches and a number of the walls still have the painted patterns that once covered the interiors of churches.

Langeais

A small canal adds interest to the town and you can see some pretty half-timber houses along its edges.

As well as the castle the town boasts an imposing bridge across the river Loire. From the castle you can not only get some great views down over the town but there is a belvedere offering good views over the river Loire and the bridge. If you do not visit the chateau there are some steep steps behind the church leading to a viewpoint "site pittoresque" over the castle, church and bridge.

Market day is Sunday morning and the market takes place in the Place de l'Europe. This is a nice time to visit and see the town at its most animated.

Langeais occupies an important place in French history as the castle was the site of the marriage of Charles VIII of France with Anne of Brittany paving the way for Brittany's union with France. A reconstruction of the marriage can be seen in the castle.

Langeais

Places to visit nearby

Amongst our favourite places to visit in the area are the Chateau de Villandry and the pretty village of Chinon. The Chateau de Villandry is famous around the world for its beautiful decorative vegetable garden. Surrounded by box hedging in elaborate shapes vegetables are planted in colour blocks so that the overall garden is as decorative as a flower garden.

Chinon is a charming small town and an excellent base for exploring the Loire Valley castles. It contains lots of beautiful and interesting buildings as well as a reasonable number of hotels and restaurants. Like Langeais it has a castle in its town centre.

The Chateau d'Azay le Rideau is a fine looking chateau rising as it does from the waters of the Indre river.

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Map of Langeais and places to visit

Places to visit near Langeais

Chateau de Langeais

Chateau de Langeais

The Chateau de Langeais has some fine 15 and 16th century tapisteries and furniture.

Chateau de Langeais

Chateau de Villandry

Chateau de Villandry

The Chateau de Villandry is home to some fabulous gardens including a huge ornamental vegetable garden.

Chateau de Villandry

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

The Chateau d'Azay le Rideau sits surrounded by water on two sides giving it a very romantic appearance.

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Azay-le-Rideau

Azay-le-Rideau

Azay-le-Rideau is a very pretty little town which has grown up around the impressive Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Azay-le-Rideau

Chateau d'Ussé

Chateau d'Ussé

The Chateau d'Ussé is a very pretty chateau said to be the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale.

Chateau d'Ussé

Chinon

Chinon

Chinon is a beautiful little Loire Valley village dominated by its imposing fortress.

Chinon

Chateau de Chinon

Chateau de Chinon

The Chateau de Chinon retains more of its medieval characteristics than many of the other Loire chateaux which were redesigned in the Renaissance period.

Chateau de Chinon

Tours

Tours

Tours is an attractive city and good base for visiting the chateaux and attractions of the Loire Valley.

Tours