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Known as the ‘Garden of France’, the Loire Valley is not only famous for its fine wine and opulent chateaux but also for its beauty and tranquillity. The Loire has attracted many over the years. Its landscape is scattered with ancient castles, stunning chateaux and country residences of Royal and aristocratic origin. Each chateau is unique and incorporates elements of Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. With a tremendous history dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, the Loire boasts not only a superb past, but is today full of life’s treats. With fine wines, from its many vineyards, mouth-watering delicacies, gourmet menus, a plethora of superb markets, in addition to a whole range of parks, gardens and activities, the Loire has something to offer everyone. Whether it is a romantic weekend or a family holiday, you will not be disappointed. Your trip will leave you feeling revived and content but desperately craving more.
The chateau at Usse was the model for Charles Perrault's Sleeping Beauty.
The towns and villages of the Loire Valley are centred round the gorgeous river Loire and its tributaries, which meander through its wild and beautiful countryside.
The region has so many chateaux and palaces. Consequently, the whole valley has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Loire Valley is a family destination with superb theme parks such as Futuroscope and a huge selection of activities and sports such as horse riding, rock climbing, canoeing, cycling, hiking, golf and fishing.