• Château de la Ménaudière

    Discoveries and leisure activities in Center-Val de Loire from the Château de la Ménaudière

Amboise Castle

Château de la Ménaudière

Situated on a promontory overlooking the Loire River and owned for more than four centuries by the powerful Amboise family, the castle was attached to the crown in 1434. It served as a residence for several kings of France during the Renaissance (Charles VIII, Louis XI, Louis XII...).


Known for the Château d'Amboise, the Château du Clos Lucé, the Pagode de Chanteloup...


The Castle

The Royal Castle of Amboise offers one of the most beautiful views of the Loire Valley.

Amboise Castle

The Clos Lucé

Château de la Ménaudière

Formerly called the Manor of Cloux, the Château du Clos Lucé was bought by Charles VIII and became a summer residence for the kings of France. In 1516, François I placed it at the disposal of Leonardo da Vinci until his death in 1519.

The Castle

Discover the history of the Castle which was for a time the home of Leonardo da Vinci...

Clos Lucé

The gardens

Visit the garden of the Castle to discover the influence of nature on the work of Leonardo da Vinci...

The gardens of Clos Lucé

Chenonceau Castle

Château de la Ménaudière

Known as the "Château des Dames" (Ladies' Castle) because of the presence of a feminine imprint throughout its history, Chenonceau is the most visited castle in France thanks to the richness of its furniture, its tapestries and ancient paintings, its pleasure gardens and its donkey park.

The Castle

An architecture borrowed from Italy, with clearly perceptible French characteristics...

Castle of Chenonceau

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The gardens

Explore the garden of Catherine de Medicis, the garden of Diane de Poitiers, the labyrinth...

The gardens of Chenonceau Castle

Chambord Castle

Château de la Ménaudière

Located in the Loir-et-Cher region, this castle was built in the largest enclosed forest park in Europe. It was François I who ordered its construction in 1519. Unfortunately, he only spent a short time there until his death in 1547. Chambord remains the largest of the Loire Valley castles.

The gardens

After 16 years of research, the formal gardens have been reconstructed to embellish the Castle...

The gardens of Chambord

King François I

A castle built at the request of François I and completed during the reign of Louis XIV...

François I

Our region, a very eclectic tourist site,
still has some entertainment in store for you

Cycling tours

The Loire by bike

The Loire by bike is 800 kilometres of cycle track, 70 km of which runs through the Loir-et-Cher and 100 km in the Indre-et-Loire. This cycle path allows you to discover all the beauty of the river.

Hot air balloon rides

Hot-air balloon rides

Get a bird's eye view of the Châteaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, Chaumont-sur-Loire and Loches. A view from above on the sites and monuments of the Centre-Val de Loire.


Other activities to discover

You can also take advantage of the Cheverny golf course, or go canoeing or kayaking on the Loire and Cher rivers. And for the less courageous, you can simply let yourself be carried along on your segway during guided tours.