Rendez-vous in the Loire Valley

©Jean-Sébastien Evrard - Promenade en canoë sur la Loire au départ de La Ménitré
© Jean-Sébastien Evrard

Heritage in its purest state from Sully-sur-Loire to Chalonnes-sur-Loire

The Loire valley, with a length of 280 km and covering 800 km2, has been registered as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites for its living cultural landscape since 2000.

La Bohalle proche de St-Mathurin-sur-Loire © Jean-Sébastien Evrard

Exceptional wildlife

Splendours of the flora and fauna in the Loire Valley

The Loire Valley region is not only the cradle of the splendours presented here, but it is also a natural territory of its own accord. Flora and fauna are to be found throughout the region and along the Loire, offering you a wonderful show.

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T. Martrou - CRT Centre-Val de Loire

Gastronomy, wines and vineyards

The French way of life

From Sancerre to the wines of Nantes, to the wines of Touraine and Anjou, the vineyards of the Loire Valley are rich in wines of exception that are acclaimed for their diversity and authenticity. With gastronomy full of flavour, the Loire Valley way of life will have no trouble convincing you of its merits.

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Loire Valley : A recognized region

UNESCO world heritage

This registration gave recognition to the Loire Valley for its exceptional universal value allowing it to be listed alongside the other 878 prestigious cultural and natural sites which are on the list of world heritage - among which are the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Great Wall of China, and the Abu Simbel Temple in Egypt.

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La Loire à Vélo - Le Thoureil © J. Damase

The Loire Valley : a history

Follow the Loire on a journey through History

The Loire Valley boasts a very large number of historical monuments including its majestic châteaux along the river, which takes us on a journey through the major and minor events in French history.

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Quai de la Fosse - Nantes © V.Joncheray

Towns and heritage around and about the Loire

Towns and heritage

The châteaux of the Loire appear as a testimony to history, and the river too has left its mark on the towns and traditions around and about a river. From a cultural maritime heritage to a cultural urban heritage, it is a whole living region with a tale to tell.

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Francis I, 1515 – 2015

A royal anniversary in the Loire Valley!

1515 is an important date in French history books – the year that Francis I triumphed in the battle of Marignano, aged just 20 and having only recently been crowned king of France. This anniversary will be celebrated via a spectacular season of cultural events throughout 2015.

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