Centre-Val de Loire
Situated just to the south west of the capital, Paris, Centre-Val de Loire is an inland region ofFrance, and encompasses much of the beautiful riverLoirevalley. With a number of stunning historical towns, a strong winemaking tradition and some stunning castles the Centre-Val de Loire region is well spread out, but is still extremely popular with tourists. As with any spread out area, the best car to get around is to hire a car, something which is very easy at carhire.org.
The region itself has 6 smaller precincts, which contain a number of cities, towns and villages which are perfect for visiting. With several cathedrals, including the cathedral of stained glass, and the cathedral St Etienne, there is plenty of architecture to see, and the region is probably the most blessed area for stunning castles in the world.
Things to see when hiring a car in Centre-Val de Loire
Not the largest village in the world, but as far as villages go, there is plenty to do and see. This village is famous for being the home of the shortbread cookies, Sables de Nancay, and is also home to a number of science museums and exhibits. The radio astronomy centre, L Pole des etoiles has sky theatre shows of the stars, and you can also take a guide tour of the research facility.
Home of the St Etienne Cathedral,Bourgesis a beautiful historical city, surrounded by little cafes, boutiques and restaurants. The main attraction is of course the UNESCO world heritage site, which dates back to 1200, and is a stunning example of French gothic architecture. With two aisles and one of the highest naives of any cathedral in the world, this is a cathedral to visit. Also worth a visit are the allotment gardens of Marais, which are divided by canals, and a walk around the site will take around 2 hours, but is well worth the time.
Home to the Chateau de Chambord, Chambord is a town in the Loire region and is arguably one of the finest chateau found anywhere inFrance. Open daily, the chateau is the second most visited in the country, and even has a 3d movie room on the ground floor. Set in around 2,500 acres of gorgeous land, you can hire a bike and enjoy a picnic in the grounds, now a designated wildlife park, or enjoy the horse show, twice daily at the chateaus stables.
Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay
The Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay is a stunning castle located in theLoirevalley, and is famous for its fine wines that are produced in the area. Guests can visit the castle, which can be seen from afar on a daily basis, and can also enjoy the fine food and wine in the town surrounding the castle.
A stunning town, a huge castle and the entrance to theLoirewine making region, Saumur has a lot to offer to visitors. With a tank exhibition at the Musee des Blindes, an underground mushroom cultivation to visit and the Castle itself, you won’t get bored on a visit to Saumur.