Known officially in France as the ‘Centre’ region, it contains the cities of Orleans, Touraine and Berry. One of the main attractions of the region is the sheer number of castles and chateaux that there are here. Many visitors to Loire Valley holiday rentals spend almost their entire holiday looking at castle and chateaux, there are that many of them. It is difficult to produce a meaningful overview of what these castles offer on an individual basis, there are simply so many of them, but anyone beginning a tour of castles in the region should begin at Château de Blois, the Château de Chambord and Château de Cheverny. These three are located south west of Orleans, and offer an excellent starting point from which to start learning about and understanding the history of these magnificent structures.
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Are you a keen architecture enthusiast? Don't miss out on these holiday regions packed with architectural marvels:
- Šiauliai Apartments - visit the breathtaking historical monument, "the Hill of Crosses"
- Annecy Apartments - come and see this charming medieval town with its various Middle Age churches and impressive castle
- Eifel Holiday Homes - marvel at the breathtakingly beautiful Elz Castle which was said to be the inspiration for Walt Disney's fairytale castles
- Dublin Apartments - enjoy the 18th and 19th Georgian architecture and explore the stunning Dublin Castle
Loire Valley Holiday Homes - come and discover the beautiful castles this region has to offer
As well as castles though, there are also many cathedrals and churches which guests in Loire Valley apartments can enjoy visiting. Chartres Cathedral is known worldwide as one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture there is, while Bourges Cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Abbeys at St-Benoit-sur-Loire and Vendome are also of interest. Of course, one of the main reasons anyone travels to France is for the food and wine, and guests in Loire Valley holiday rentals will find plenty to tempt their taste buds. Wild game is especially valued here, and there are some great regional meat dishes. Some of the best cheeses in France originate from here, especially goats cheese, and the fruit is superb. The area is famous in particular for its cherries, from which a liqueur known as Guignolet is created.
With so many fine buildings to see and fine food to enjoy, it will probably be a relief to some people that they can also find plenty to do outdoors here. The rivers Cher, Indre and Vienne flow through the region, and each has its own character and charm. The landscape is rolling and varied, and, as all over France, cycling is very popular. Walkers will also enjoy a tramp along the river banks and through the region's rolling fields. Visitors to Loire Valley holiday rentals can expect to see more historical monuments than in almost any other region of France apart from Paris itself, while also enjoying some great cuisine, making the area possibly the quintessential French holiday destination.