Get Inspired / Europe / France France: Loire Valley, The Land Of Kings Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / France France: Loire Valley, The Land Of Kings story by: Mike Williams The Loire Valley is filled with jaw-dropping châteaux, stunning natural scenery and gastronomic delights, making it the perfect spot for travellers who want it all. Located along the middle stretch of the river Loire, the region became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, and is the biggest in France. If that doesn’t convince you of the Loire Valley’s unique qualities, the fact that it was home to generations of French kings who were captivated by its beauty should give you an idea of how spellbinding the region is. These monarchs have left their mark here in the form of spectacular châteaux, from medieval fortresses to Renaissance castles. Each château has its own fascinating history and some have been converted into charming hotels so you can know how it feels to live like a king! One of the most impressive châteaux is Chenonceau in Indre-et-Loire, which is built across the Cher River in an amazing feat of architectural brilliance. This truly exceptional site has mesmerising gardens, a magnificent art gallery with paintings by the great masters and remarkable Flemish tapestries. But there’s more to the Loire Valley than its castles, particularly if you are a foodie. The Valley is one of the biggest wine-growing regions in France, with its fertile soil providing a delectable variety of flavours for wine lovers of all palates. Tasty fresh fish, goats cheese and other local produce are easy to find, while a large selection of gourmet restaurants are available for those who prefer dining out. If you want to work up an appetite first, the Loire Valley is a very popular cycling location and features in the Tour de France every year. The Loire a Velo trail includes 800km of cycle routes that will take you through some of the valley’s most eye-catching gardens, vineyards and châteaux. > Click here for UK & Europe HOT deals > Click here for all Inspire UK & Europe articles Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Make this incredible trip your next European holiday Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Europe’s 8 best music festivals Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.