Camping in Val de Loire

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Val de Loire

With over one hundred of France’s finest châteaux, this is a region to inspire the imagination. The Loire valley is a charming region of lush countryside, fields of sunflowers, rolling vineyards and of course the great river itself.

For centuries the Loire Valley was frequented by French royalty and the great river winds its way past some of the country’s most magnificent châteaux: Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceau, with its famous arches that span the river and appear to ‘float’ on the water, and the fairytale Ussé with myriad magical turrets are just some of the highlights. Known as the Garden of France, the Loire’s mild climate and fertile landscape of soft green valleys and fields of flowers makes it a favourite with visitors.

Loire is renowned for its wines - there are hundreds to choose from and all are produced from vineyards stretching along the main course of the river. Tastings can be arranged at the wineries, or the local produce simply enjoyed with a regional dish in the lazy evening sunshine. Take a break from the ostentation of the châteaux by visiting the Loire's troglodyte caves, tiny Romanesque churches and picturesque villages, or by taking a trip to Blois and Tours, elegant cities with fine architecture and museums. Paris itself is only one hour by TGV.