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Towns and heritage around and about the Loire

Towns and heritage

The châteaux of the Loire are a testament to history, and the river has also left its mark on the  towns and traditions around and along the river. From a cultural maritime heritage to a cultural urban heritage, it is an entire living region with a tale to tell.

Troglodyte dwellings and traditional inland water transport

Majestic and free, the Loire has skillfully modeled the landscape of the Loire Valley as we see it today, including the flood overflows that protect the cultivated valley and the troglodyte dwellings dug out of the rock.

Like a well guarded secret on the banks of the Loire, mainly between Chaumont-sur-Loire and Saumur, the tufa galleries that were formerly used for the construction of châteaux now have other uses. Quarried on the hillsides, these caves are used today as either wine cellars or unique mushroom farms, or transformed into bed-and-breakfast or hotel accommodations.

Another legacy of the past is the ships of the Loire whose moorings have also marked the banks of this river. Make the most of your stay along these banks by finding out more about the traditional riverboats! A common characteristic is their flat bottom, which are due to the numerous sand banks in the Loire. Toues, gabares, futreaux, various flat-bottomed boats; use your stay as an opportunity to embark and discover the passion of these boatmen for their river!

Towns around and about the river

Orleans: sweet flavour of tradition linked with modernity
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Blois, a royal town, full of charm
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Amboise, Italian charm
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Tours: the French way of life
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Saumur: the capital of the horse
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Angers: The mildness of Angers
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Nantes: "Not quite on land nor at sea... just what it takes to make a mermaid" - Julien Gracq
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