Explore the towns and villages of the Loire Valley
The Loire Valley in France is home to some lovely towns and villages and many deserve a visit
To help you plan your visit select a guide from the list of towns and villages shown below.
Amboise is a beautiful town dominated by its equally lovely castle. It is a good base for visiting the area.
A great chateau and a vibrant town made Angers one of our favourite stops on our Loire Valley trip.
Azay-le-Rideau is a very pretty little town which has grown up around the impressive Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau
Baugé's main attractions are its town centre castle and apothecary in the Hotel Dieu.
Blois has a vibrant centre and a historic castle. It is a good base for exploring the Loire Valley.
Bourges has a UNESCO listed cathedral and a medieval centre with imposing palaces and half-timber buildings.
Visit Chartres for its magnificent cathedral and medieval centre.
Cheverny is visited for its impressive castle and for its fine wines.
Chinon is a beautiful little Loire Valley village dominated by its imposing fortress.
The castle of Gien dominates the village. It has medieval origins but is now largely in French Renaissance style. Gien is also well known for its faience.
Langeais is best known for its castle, the Chateau de Langeais but it has an attractive town centre.
Loches is an interesting town with a medieval centre. It is here that Joan of Arc came to meet the dauphin Charles.
Montsoreau is a beautiful village with a castle, art gallery and mushroom caves to visit.
Nevers is famous for its ceramics and is also a major pilgrimage destination to the remains of Saint Bernadette.
Orleans is best known for its association with Joan of Arc. It suffered badly in WW2 but remains an attractive town with a fine cathedral.
Saint Benoit sur Loire is most visited for the Abbey of Fleury built in a striking mixture of Romanesque and Gothic.
The attractive town of Saumur is home to the Chateau de Saumur and the renowned School of Cavalry riding school famous for the 'Cadre Noir'.
Tours is an attractive city and good base for visiting the chateaux and attractions of the Loire Valley.