The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes
The Loire valley is a visual delight with its incredible landscaping and medieval structures. One can see great monumental architectures and cultivated lands that have been formed over the centuries as a result of a balance between the people and its environment, mainly due to the river Loire.
The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes houses more than one million people currently because of it being strategically located. It has been a world heritage site as declared by UNESCO since 2000 for its world famous chateau that defines the renaissance architecture beautifully.
The beautiful Loire valley and other historic towns such as Blois, Chignon, Orleans, Saumur, and Tours have all successfully flourished and prospered at the banks of France’s longest river. The Loire valley is not only a place of culture and art but is also known to offer some of the finest foods to satisfy the gastronomic urges! The other thing that deserves a mention is the wines of the Loire Valley. With its own vineyards, Loire has been capable of churning out some of the best table wines. Don’t miss the landscape and the flora and fauna that further beauty of the valley.
Do not miss:
– The chateau of Amboise is said to be one of the first royal residences that was created with an Italian touch and the first ever to enter the Loire valley. The beautiful gardens and landscape of the chateau offers a panoramic view of the valley. The chapel of Saint Hubert is also considered one of the masterpieces of Gothic architecture and known to house the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci.
– The Chateau de Blois has been home to about seven kings and queens. It offers great view of the French architecture over the period of time and is home to more than 30,000 works of their time. It boasts of some of the finest structures from the middle ages to the 17th century
– The Chateau de Chenonceau also known as the castle of the ladies was popularly called so because of being run and administered by women. They were all noteworthy women with a prominent mark in the history of France. There are some of the finest painting collections from Murillo, Tintoretto, and Rubens etc. It is also home to 16th century Flanders Tapestry which is extremely rare.
– The Chateau de Chambord is a Renaissance work of art that was commissioned by King Francis I and is popular because of being perched at the edge of the forest of the Loire valley and Sologne, hunting and the natural museum.
– The last renaissance monument that was built in the Loire valley was the Chateau and Renaissance gardens of Villandry. It’s vegetal mosaic was replanted in the 20th century on the basis of the Renaissance model. There are many kinds of gardens that will leave the visitors in awe and surprise. One can see the Kitchen Garden, water garden, Garden of Simple Delights etc.