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 Royal Castle of Amboise offers one of the most beautiful views of the Loire Valley.
The Clos Lucé
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.
Discover the history of the Castle which was for a time the home of Leonardo da Vinci...
Visit the garden of the Castle to discover the influence of nature on the work of Leonardo da Vinci...
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.
An architecture borrowed from Italy, with clearly perceptible French characteristics...
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Explore the garden of Catherine de Medicis, the garden of Diane de Poitiers, the labyrinth...
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.
After 16 years of research, the formal gardens have been reconstructed to embellish the Castle...
King François I
A castle built at the request of François I and completed during the reign of Louis XIV...
Our region, a very eclectic tourist site,
still has some entertainment in store for you
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
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.