Towns and villages of the Loire Valley

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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.

Amboise guide


A great chateau and a vibrant town made Angers one of our favourite stops on our Loire Valley trip.

Angers guide


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

Azay-le-Rideau guide


Baugé's main attractions are its town centre castle and apothecary in the Hotel Dieu.

Baugé guide


Blois has a vibrant centre and a historic castle. It is a good base for exploring the Loire Valley.

Blois guide


Bourges has a UNESCO listed cathedral and a medieval centre with imposing palaces and half-timber buildings.

Bourges guide


Candes-Saint-Martin is a pretty village on the confluent of the rivers Loire and Vienne.

Candes-Saint-Martin guide


Visit Chartres for its magnificent cathedral and medieval centre.

Chartres guide


Cheverny is visited for its impressive castle and for its fine wines.

Cheverny guide


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

Chinon guide


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.

Gien guide


Langeais is best known for its castle, the Chateau de Langeais but it has an attractive town centre.

Langeais guide


Loches is an interesting town with a medieval centre. It is here that Joan of Arc came to meet the dauphin Charles.

Loches guide


Montsoreau is a beautiful village with a castle, art gallery and mushroom caves to visit.

Montsoreau guide


Nevers is famous for its ceramics and is also a major pilgrimage destination to the remains of Saint Bernadette.

Nevers guide


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.

Orleans guide


Saint Benoit sur Loire is most visited for the Abbey of Fleury built in a striking mixture of Romanesque and Gothic.

Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire guide


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'.

Saumur guide


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

Tours guide