France

Centre

Centre
The Essential

The Loire River lies just 130km south of Paris. Majestic, dotted with islets of golden sand, it runs across the centre of France from east to west, irrigating Orléans, Blois, Amboise, Tours, all flourishing cities which are lent a unique charm by white tufa limestone.
The Loire Valley is a region of troglodytes, wine cellars, manor houses and parks, but also of great Renaissance châteaux: Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceau, Chambord, Villandry… All enjoy an appealing setting either in their towns or within a landscape of national forests that is by no means the only adornment of a region of great natural diversity.
Travel away from the "Royal River" to explore the Sologne, with its forests and pools, the bocage landscape of Marche, reminiscent of Limousin, the bucolic valleys of the Indre, and the plains of Beauce where the spires of the illustrious Chartres Cathedral stand proud.
Follow in the footsteps of George Sand in Nohant, Balzac in Saché, and Marcel Proust in Illiers-Combray.
Once you have enjoyed these romantic literary encounters, or perhaps a bike ride along the region's many cycling paths, treat yourself to the sweet pleasures of a tarte Tatin or a pithivier and sample the famous wines of the Loire.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Centre

Cathedral Cathedral
Cathedral
Chartres
1:00
Royal Abbey of Fontevraud Royal Abbey of Fontevraud
Royal Abbey of Fontevraud
Fontevraud-l'Abbaye
1:00
Château de Chenonceau Château de Chenonceau
Château de Chenonceau
Chenonceaux
2:00
Château Royal de Blois Château Royal de Blois
Château Royal de Blois
Blois
2:00
Château de Valençay Château de Valençay
Château de Valençay
Valençay
2:00
St Étienne Cathedral, Bourges St Étienne Cathedral, Bourges
St Étienne Cathedral, Bourges
Bourges
1:00

Our reports

The gardens of the Château de Villandry

In the heart of the Loire Valley, the Villandry estate is home to an intricate lacework of gardens. This plant world is the work of one man who devoted his life to creating a universe that would appeal as much to the senses as to the mind.
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The Chateau of Chaumont-sur-Loire, a consummate work of art

A gem of French cultural heritage, over the space of a few decades Chaumont has become a reference in the fields of landscape design and contemporary art. A means of reviving its prestigious past.
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