With the arrival of Spring, here is a great idea to escape during the May holidays or for a few days off. The return of the sun and the softness transform the gardens into small wonders of nature, and this until summer! It's time to enjoy it! Whether it is on the holiday route or the final destination, the visit of the Loire castles is well worth the detour. The Loire Valley region is full of many castles, not all of which were built on the Loire but on other rivers such as the Vienne, the Indre, the Cher or others. If you have never had the opportunity to visit them, here are some of the most famous, whose magnificent landscapes will undoubtedly leave you with beautiful memories.
Chambord Castle, one of the largest and most prestigious Renaissance castles in the Loire Valley, is one of the first castles situated at the gateway to the Loire Valley. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its extraordinary architecture will fascinate you: walk according to your desires between galleries, imposing staircases, small cabinets and terraces... In spring 2017, the gardens of the castle were restored according to the plans of the French gardens of the time of Louis XIV! Visitors will have the pleasure of strolling through these flowerbeds and contemplating this majestic environment as in the 18th century. To know everything about the castle of Chambord, click here!
Chenonceau castle, closer to Tours, was built and administered by ladies of strong influence during the Renaissance. This castle houses a very beautiful collection of master paintings. But what surprises in the first place when you arrive in front of the castle, is its construction directly on Cher. This original architecture alone is a grandiose spectacle: the view of the castle between streams and gardens is simply splendid. More information on visits to the Chenonceau castle here.
Azay-Le-Rideau castle, a real jewel of the Renaissance, was built under Francis I, on an island in the middle of the Indre. The reflection of its facades in the waters of the Indre is undoubtedly one of the most famous clichés of this monument. The beauty of the landscaped park that surrounds it makes it a real jewel in a green setting. Find all the information about the castle of Azay-le-Rideau here.
Villandry Castle is a Renaissance castle best known for its gardens, which extend over three levels around the castle. The sun garden, the labyrinth, the vegetable garden, the garden of the simple, or the ornamental gardens are all masterpieces whose view will enchant you. Take a little height and go up to the belvedere arranged in the wood to contemplate the Ornament garden inspired by musical instruments, the sight is quite simply magnificent there. You will find more information about Villandry castle and its gardens here.
It is sometimes not possible to visit more than 4 or 5 Loire castles during the same stay, more for lack of time than for lack of interest! The visit of a castle can indeed easily take a day if one wishes to see everything and soak up the beauty of the place... So you should plan several days depending on the number of castles you want to visit! And even if you couldn't enjoy it as you wanted, it gives you an opportunity to come back and stay in this beautiful region!
If you are looking for accommodation for your stay, we have selected, on Millevista, a few hotels with nice views perfectly situated to visit these castles of the Loire. Castles precisely, magnificent constructions rehabilitated in hotels of charm to continue to live a life of castle... even after the visits ;) !