Loire Chateaux Country, a must do during holidays in France
In a class of its own, Touraine is dotted with elegant stone giants: the Loire chateaux. The landscape here is dominated by their majestic silhouettes: concentrated over an area of less than 100km, Touraine is home to some of the grandest Loire Valley castles.
Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceau, Chinon, Clos Lucé, Langeais, Loches, Villandry (and its famous gardens), Ussé… these places are inseparable from the history of France and its kings; these names evoke the stories of Joan of Arc, Leonardo da Vinci, the troubled Middle Ages and the lavish Renaissance period.
The various characters of Loire Chateaux, France.
Along with these famous monuments, there are nearly fifty Loire chateaux that are currently open to the public. While they all share two common traits, beautiful gardens and the "tuffeau" (tufa stone), a soft limestone from the banks of the Loire, each castle has its own individual character. No two attractions are alike, each castle is a unique experience due to the variety of architectural styles and the personality of their former and current owners.
Learning french in Loire Valley
The Loire Valley has the reputation of being the region where the best French is spoken, with no accent. With this in mind, each year, thousands of foreign students come to Touraine to study French. French lessons are available at many schools with programmes ranging in length from a week, a month, a summer to a year. If you want more information, feel free to contact us.