A UNESCO world heritage site between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes, Val de Loire is famous for the beauty of its landscapes and heritage. During your stay in Indre-et-Loire, at our hotel and gourmet restaurant, take your time to discover this extraordinary valley.
Its main attractions are, of course, the 21 châteaux, each one vying to show itself more elegant and fascinating than the last. Among them are Chenonceau, Chambord, Azay-le-Rideau and Amboise. But Val de Loire is also home to many other monuments which are worth the visit. Take, for example the astonishing Fontevraud Abbey. Built in the early 12th century, it is one of the largest monasteries in Europe and holds the remains of illustrious members of the Plantagenet dynasty, such as Eleanor of Aquitaine or Richard the Lionheart. Amateurs of hiking will also find much to delight them among the diverse natural environments of the Loire Valley. Between marshes, ponds, lakes and forests, they will discover a unique fauna including wading birds, beavers, deer and birds of prey.
The vines date back to Gallo-Roman times and are one of the many riches of Val de Loire. With their different varieties of grape and designations (Chinon, Bourgueil, Vouvray, Montlouis...), the vines of the Loire produce a wide range of wines: reds, rosés, whites, sparkling and liqueurs. To discover them, visit the wine-growers, who will reveal all the secrets of wine-making (or almost!).
A delightful way to discover Val de Loire is by making your way up the river. You can do this on foot or by bike along the banks, or you could travel on water. Famous for its inland shipping routes between the 17th and 19th centuries, Val de Loire has rediscovered this heritage over the past few decades. Hop aboard for a professional guided tour on a traditional or a more modern boat.