The Loire Valley, which stretches for 280 kilometers (170 miles) along the Loire River in central France, is divided into two administrative regions: Pays de la Loire and Centre-Val de Loire. The Loire Valley covers approximately 800 square kilometers (310 sq mi). Owing to the abundance of vineyards, fruit orchards (such as cherries), artichoke, and asparagus fields that line the river’s banks, it is known as the “Cradle of the French” and the “Garden of France.”
The valley has been inhabited since the Middle Palaeolithic period, and is known for its historic towns, architecture, and wines. The central section of the Loire River valley was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 2000.
Orléans, Blois, Tours, and Angers are only a few of the Loire Valley’s vibrant, sophisticated towns.
While touring the vineyards of the Loire Valley, visitors can take advantage of the pleasant weather. It’s an opportunity to visit one of the several cellars and taste some Anjou or Touraine wine. What could be more relaxing than a hike, a horseback ride, or a canoe-kayak trip down the Loire or the Cher between visits?