Tour France’s Loire Valley this summer

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The beach resorts of France have been popular with tourists for a long time, but why not consider a trip to the heart of the country this summer? The Loire Valley is an area that is teeming with history and blessed with natural beauty. There is something for everyone in this glorious region and it’s all within a half day’s drive from the channel ports.

History lovers will be in paradise in the Loire region, as the towns around the river are home to countless chateaux and castles. From the obscure, such as the Château de Rivau, to the well known, such as the Château de Chambord, there’s no finer way to spend the day than delving into the past and wandering the grounds of these gorgeous and sumptuous buildings.

For those travelling with children, the Futuroscope theme park is within easy reach, offering families a fun day out in the world of the visual image. Alternatively, for those with a passion for wildlife, the ZooParc de Beauval is close by and is home to the famous giant pandas.

Those who love the active lifestyle will delight in the spectacular landscapes of the Loire Valley and will find plenty to keep them busy, from cycling to hiking in the beautiful countryside. The river itself is a hub of activity, with plenty of opportunities for swimming, fishing and canoeing.

The towns and villages of the Loire region are quintessentially French and give visitors the chance to sample traditional markets, authentic cuisine and discover a wealth of shopping opportunities. The city of Tours brings holidaymakers the best of old and new, boasting modern shopping centres alongside its beautiful old quarter, while the small town of Amboise has a charm all of its own, as well as a connection to Leonardo da Vinci and the French royal family.

Whatever activities you enjoy in the Loire Valley, don’t forget to pack your European health insurance card, which entitles you to free treatment in France should you become ill or have an accident. You can find out more about EHIC renewal on our homepage.

Photo: loire valley 160 by jamesonf licensed under Creative commons 2
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