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 Chateaux of the Loire valley 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.
The Chambord Castle
The 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.
The Chenonceau Castle
The 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 the Cher. This original architecture alone is a grandiose spectacle: the view of the castle between streams and gardens is simply splendid.
The Azay-Le-Rideau Castle
The 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.
The Villandry Castle
The Villandry Castle is a Renaissance castle best known for its gardens, which extend over three levels around the castle. The Jardin du Soleil, the labyrinth, the vegetable garden, the Jardin des Simples, or the Ornement 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 Ornement garden inspired by musical instruments, the sight is quite simply magnificent there.
It is sometimes not possible to visit more than 4 or 5 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 for a stay in this beautiful region!