[European Times] On November 11, 2019, a delegation from Central Loire Valley region of France visited China at invitation of China People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and held talks and consultations on in-depth cooperation. in cultural tourism between China and France.
The French Tourist Office announced that on November 30, 2000, Loire Valley (Val de Loire) was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List as a "living cultural landscape". The dense representation of Renaissance castles here is unique in Europe, and is also a model of harmonious coexistence and development of man and environment.
Mr. Marc Richet, Director General of Tourism Committee of Central Region of Loire Valley, introduced Chinese friends to architectural heritage of Renaissance castles and rich garden landscapes, world-famous wines and unique Loire river vagabond. , as well as region's long French romantic tradition.
Mr. Jean-Louis Sureau, Director General of Royal Château de Amboise, and Mr. Frédéric Bouillet, Deputy Director General of National Gardens of Chambord, respectively, demonstrated superiority of two castles and innovation brought by Histopad's modern high-tech facilities to visit castle. An immersive visual experience .
As part of upcoming 2020 global campaign to promote French food "Goût de France/Good France" (Goût de France/Good France), Loire Central Valley region will lead all regions of France in promoting high-quality ingredients and specialties from region in world Nutrition.
Mr. François Bonnot, Chairman of Region, visited China and invited Mr. Julien MOULIERE, Chef of French Embassy in China, and Ms. Peng Cheng, representative of French Pastry School in China, founder of Pengcheng. Western School of Catering, affiliated with the region. Food comes to China's advertising camp.
22 best places to visit in Loire Valley
22 monuments along Loire River have been selected as "Great Places of Loire Valley" ("Great Places of Interest of Loire Valley"), such as: Château de Sully-sur-Loire, Chambord-Domain-de-Chambord, Château de Château de Chenonceau, Château Royal d'Amboise, Clos Lu Château du Clos Lucé, Château et Jardins de Villandry, Château de Langeais , Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, Forteresse Royale de Chinon, Château du Rivau, Abbaye de Fontevraud, Château de Brézé, Château de Brissac, Cadre Noir de Saumur, Château de Saumur, Château d'Angers, Château des Ducs de Brittany .
From Sancerre all way west, stretching to Atlantic Ocean "La Loire à Vélo"
This 900 km touring bike trail connects Sancerre vineyards and Atlantic coast. You can walk all way along it to visit castle complexes of Loire Valley, enjoy beautiful and beautiful scenery of Loire River, and you can also travel along way. Castles and accommodation in numerous vineyards producing white wines, red wines (Chinon, Bourgueil) and sparkling wines (Vouvray blanc), from cellars to estates, from hotels to gourmet restaurants, from gardens to villages, this is a unique cycling route that will take you deep into homeland of the French art of living!
Loire Valley - France's backyard
Loire castles amaze with their magnificent architecture and interiors, as well as beautiful gardens. French gardens, English gardens, ornamental gardens, old rose gardens, vineyards, forests: castle gardens are ideal for strolling. These gardens often even occupy a really central place, especially Renaissance gardens at castle of Villandry, gardens of Chaumont-sur-Loire castle (where famous International Garden Festival takes place annually), fabulous gardens at castle of Rivaud.
At Château de Chenonceau, each room is decorated with elaborate bouquets made by one of best craftsmen in France (Meilleur Ouvrier de France). Every morning you can see how this best craftsman makes these bouquets in greenhouse, using fresh flowers picked directly from castle garden.
Loire Valley Gardens can be pedagogical, pastoral, exotic, or a combination of both, providing a rewarding wanderlust. To learn more about trees, head to Arboretum de la Grande Bruyère. You can also indulge in many colors of Parc de la Source Floral in Orléans.
Loire Valley - cradle of French romance
In idyllic surroundings of magnificent royal castles in Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, many French kings and queens have experienced open and secret love relationships. During Renaissance, other noble romances also took place in these castles.
Beautiful landscapes and gardens are perfect place for kings of past to test their love. Today, many castles host couples or honeymooners for ceremonies such as vows, weddings, photo shoots, Loire Valley wine tastings, and carriage rides.
Some castles provide one or more services, for example: Château Royal Amboise, Château Clos Luces (da Vinci's last residence), Chenonceau, Villandry, Chambord, etc.
In December, castles of Loire will reflect spirit of Christmas in every detail. There will be: a huge Christmas tree, garland decorations, toys, gifts, Christmas songs, mulled wine, sweets...
The Loire Valley is located in heart of France and is easily accessible
The Loire Valley is easily accessible from Paris
Excursions (gates of Loire Valley): 1 hour 40 minutes by TGV from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, 1 hour from Gare Montparnasse in center of Paris
Ride by car:
Paris-Orléans (regional capital): 1 hour 30 minutes
Paris - Blois: 2 hours
Paris tours: 2 hours 30 minutes