The Castles of Loire Valley

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Outside of Paris lies the gorgeous Loire Valley – full of rolling hills, vineyards, delicious wine, and astonishingly gorgeous old castles. Over three hundred castles were built in the valley between the 10th century and the 16th century, some as fortifications and some as symbols of wealth and power. The Loire became a favorite location of French royalty throughout time. Today. some of the castles are privately owned and open to the public for viewing, others are used as hotels, and still others are operated by the government and displayed as tourist attractions.

If you’re looking to make your way outside of Paris for some sights, Loire Valley and its castles are a great choice. Here’s a list of some of the most popular castles to view in this region:

  • Amboise Castle

Amboise Castle

  • Clos Luce


Clos Luce

  • Villandry Castle

Villandry Castle

  • Chambord Castle

Chambord Castle

  • Cheverny Castle

Cheverny Cadtle

  • Angers Castle

Angers Castle