Loire is an enchanted land of fairytale castles and spellbinding scenery offering a gourmet feast of fine wines and foods. At the top of any A-list of château chic are Cheverny, Chambord and Chenonceau.
Catch a boat from Villers to see the impressive waterfall on the River Doubs, near Villers le Lac. A fantastic trip with lovely scenery.
Most well-known for the 24hour races held every year on Circuit de la Sarthe, races range from sports cars to trucks! Le Mans old town is also a beautiful town with a great selection of dining choices
The Cadre Noire is one of the world’s most famous cavalry display teams. Every year they put on a series of incredible shows from April to October, and a main Equestrian Festival held in July. Located in Saumur.
Apple turnover in Pierrefitte-sur-Sauldre
The Tarte Tatin was first created accidentally at the hotel Tatin by two sisters Stephanie and Caroline Tatin in the 1880’s. You can still visit the hotel and buy the original Tarte Tatin today – we assume they mean according to the original recipe!
“It’s easy to understand why the Gallic gentry made the Loire valley their playground. No less epic but with a mountain backdrop, the Jura is surprisingly popular and has many loyal followers.”
Stunning châteaux, elegant cities and lush green landscapes make The Loire Valley in France a cultural and gastronomical delight for a family holiday. For many people the Loire is the most romantic part of France, which is some accolade. We're sure Paris would have something to say about this. But why not go on one of our holidays in Loire to Les Alicourts Resort parc in the Loire valley and find out for yourself what all the fuss is about? The Kings of France certainly found the gentle climate and delightful countryside perfect for their hunting grounds and created fine summer residences away from the crowds of Paris. Thanks to this extremely rich heritage, the Loire valley has been declared a World Heritage for Humanity Site by UNESCO which described it as a "cultural landscape of exceptional beauty.'' Perfect for exploring from your holiday park at Pierrefitte are the historic towns and villages, great architectural monuments, many châteaux, and of course very fine wines including Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. The Loire region is cut from east to west by the Loire River, the longest in France. The Loire Valley or Val de Loire, is central to the local economy as well as its cultural and educational activities.
What to eat and drink in Loire
Wine lovers will enjoy the Loire valley festival each June. With its light Anjou rosés and the famous whites of the Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Freshwater fish such as trout and eels are frequently on the menu and the upside down apple pie, Tarte tartin is the ideal way to finish with a flourish.
What to see and do in Loire
The area is known as both the 'Garden of France' and the 'Cradle of the French Language'. The architectural heritage is pretty special too, representing the epitome of Renaissance and the Age of the Enlightenment. Perhaps more than anything else, it's the outrageous châteaux that get top billing. Don't miss the fairytale castle of Azay-le-Rideau, the Gothic Cathedral in Tours, the Renaissance splendour of Chenonceau and the flamboyant palace of Amboise. Historic towns include Angers, Blois, Chinon, Saumur and Tours. Orleans was the nation's intellectual capital in the 13th century, attracting many artists, poets and troubadours to the royal court. For more modern entertainment let off some steam at Planete Futuroscope Other attractions include the gripping Le Mans 24.