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

Amboise is a beautiful town dominated by its equally lovely castle. It is a good base for visiting the area.

Amboise guide

Angers

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

Angers guide

Baugé

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

Baugé guide

Blois

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

Blois guide

Bourges

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

Bourges guide

Chartres

Visit Chartres for its magnificent cathedral and medieval centre.

Chartres guide

Cheverny

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

Cheverny guide

Chinon

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

Chinon guide

Gien

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

Loches

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

Loches guide

Nevers

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

Nevers guide

Orleans

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

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

Saumur

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

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

Tours guide