Many of the most famous chateaux in France are in the Loire Valley, and for many people that is reason enough to visit.

We suggest you visit some castles, of course, but don’t overlook the chance to explore the villages and countryside, to take a boat trip along the Loire river, or hire a bike to spend a day exploring the quiet lanes of the region.

You will also find some of the most famous abbeys and cathedrals in France in the Centre region, and lots of gardens classified as ‘remarkable gardens’, troglodytes worth discovering and wine worth tasting.