Domaine national de Chambord - Visite en famille ©Léonard de Serres
Enjoy the Treasures of the Heart of the Loire Valley

Places to Visit

There are places to visit - and then there are the treasures of the Loir-et-Cher in the Loire Valley...

The "must-sees" of the destination

The Loire châteaux and other treasures to visit

Experience something very special when you discover our châteaux, gardens and museums. And while there are plenty of "must-sees" we have all heard of, let us guide you to more discreet, even secret spots that are well worth the effort. Don't worry, you won't get lost - far from it! Visiting Loir-et-Cher is like travelling through time and around the world, and even to other magical, unusual and unexpected dimensions.

From world-renowned sites to the hidden treasures of #mon41…

Of course, there are the major châteaux of the Loire: Chambord, Blois, Cheverny and Chaumont-sur-Loire, as well as Beauval ZooParc. But there are also rare treasures that we invite you to discover! From little châteaux nestled in the heart of delightful grounds to carefully designed or unusual museums, culinary tours and some of the most beautiful villages in France, in which you will find fine craftsmanship...

The Loire Châteaux

As well as the big names in the Loire Valley, enjoy some surprises by exploring the secret treasures of Loir-et-Cher…

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Château de Cheverny - La chambre des mariés ©Digikode-com

Beauval ZooParc

Around the world in one or two days - sounds good? Then undoubtedly the best place to go is Beauval ZooParc!

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Panda au ZooParc de Beauval ©Christelle Beullé

Parks and gardens

French or English gardens, centuries-old trees, artistic works - welcome to the wonderful gardens of the Loire Valley.

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Jardin du Plessis Sasnières ©Cyril Chigot

Towns and villages

The walls, the stones, the waterways - and local guides too, with history to recount and tales to tell. Have a listen.

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Lavardin - Plus beau village de France ©LezBroz

Themed museums and houses

Unusual, magical or closely linked to popular culture, our museums will educate, surprise or entertain you.

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Fondation du doute - Le mur des mots ©Francois Christophe

Sites and monuments

There's more to Loir-et-Cher than just châteaux! There are plenty of historical or unusual monuments to visit too.

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Ville souterraine de Bourré - Les Conteurs ©OT Sud Val de Loire


Vineyards and wine are part of our lifestyle. If you are an epicurean at heart, be curious and treat yourself!

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Dégustation de vins de Loire dans le parc du château de Selles-sur-Cher - Les Conteurs ©OT Sud Val de Loire

Art and crafsmanship

Looking for some souvenirs to take home from #mon41? Then pop in on our artists and artisans!

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Atelier boutique d'art et artisanat - Mennetou-sur-Cher ©Laurent Alvarez