In the heart of France, the Loire Valley (Centre-Val de Loire) region is shrouded in an aura of mystery and grace. Comprising five magical departments, Cher, Eure-et-Loir, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher, and Loiret, this land coveted for centuries holds treasures of great heritage, natural, and cultural wealth.
The letters of nobility of this region are written in the stone of its iconic castles. The famous Loire Valley castles, immortal witnesses of the Renaissance to the Middle Ages, have made their home here. Among them, the majestic Château de Chambord, home of François 1st, where history and grandeur have intertwined. The Clos Lucé, a haven of inspiration for the illustrious Leonardo da Vinci, reveals the secrets of a genius. And, the Château de Chenonceau, witness to the passions and festivities of Catherine de' Medici, where love and intrigue have left their mark. Orléans, an enchanting city, is prized by history lovers. It was the home of Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orléans, who continues to frame strolls through its streets. Her spirit is omnipresent, from statues to the facades of houses. In the old town, a treasure trove of cultural heritage awaits visitors, including the magnificent Sainte-Croix Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece.
The region is also a haven for gourmets. In addition to its renowned wines, it offers a palette of local delights. Lovers of salty flavors will delight in artisanal charcuterie and the famous Sainte-Maure cheese. For lovers of sweets, delicacies such as the Tarte Tatin, Tours nougat, and dried pears will delight the taste buds, offering a finishing touch to this unforgettable sensory experience.
The Loire Valley is a region of contrasts, where history and modernity meet in perfect harmony. It is a place of beauty and wonder, where visitors can experience the best of France.