Things to do in Loire Valley
You don't have to be a serious foodie (or have a Michelin-starred budget) to find enchanting things to do in Loire Valley. Here's why:
It's a Quaint Playground. Thanks to the pleasant weather and beautiful scenery, outdoorsy types will know what to do in Loire Valley: hike along the hundreds of miles of trails, or rent a bicycle (or take a cycling tour) to ride through the river valleys, vineyards, and forests around the chateaux. During the summer, many tourists swim or canoe in Europe's last untamed river, the Loire.
The Castles Are More Than Just Old Houses. At Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, for istance, you can explore some deep history, since it is the final resting place of some notable royals—namely, Richard the Lionheart. And if you're wondering what to do in Loire Valley with kids, the castle tours are actually pretty kid-friendly, offering audio guides specifically tailored to kids, mazes to explore, and museums with interactive displays. Here are some of the most interesting ones:
- Chateau du Clos Luce, which houses a Da Vinci museum
- Chateau de Chenonceau, built by Rennaissance women
- Chateau d'Usse, which supposedly inspired the story "Sleeping Beauty"