Categories: Tips & Tricks
Published: 01.06.2021

This historic route along the river Loire in the heart of France is one of the most beautiful in Europe. The glamour and the magic of bygone times radiated by the more than 300 châteaus in the Loire Valley hasn't lost any of its appeal. The route takes you past imposing structures, and it is worth paying a visit to the pulsating cities, the magnificent château gardens and the historical sites. PINCAMP whisks you off to France on a short trip through time!

The Loire is the longest river in France, at more than 1,000 kilometres long. Starting at Orléans with its impressive cathedral and the statue of legendary national hero Jeanne d’Arc, the route leads you to the entrance to the valley, whose first port of call worth visiting is beautiful Blois. The old town with the wonderful château marks the start of an unforgettable trip. To the east of the town you will find the Château de Chambord, another amazing building from the 16th century which was erected by order of King Franz the First. The ingenious staircase system inside the château, on which you will not encounter anyone when ascending or descending, was designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Other châteaus with a great deal of charm await you at the Château de Villesavin, the Château de Beauregard and the Château de Cheverny.

Le Clos-Lucé in Amboise is also worth visiting. Leonardo da Vinci spent the last years of his life here, and there is a museum and a chapel with his gravestone here in his honour. The tour through the Loire Valley then leads travellers to Tours. Saint Martin has left lasting traces in the magical metropolis, and his bones are kept in the basilica of Saint Martin. Impressive châteaus cast their spells on visitors time and time again at other stops in Azay-le-Rideau, Ussé and Saumur. The end of the trip through the “Valley of Kings” is the university city of Anger. The old town with the cathedral, the “Musée des Beaux-Arts” and the “Galerie David d‘Angers” are must-see locations for the motorhome enthusiast.

In addition to châteaus, historical buildings and museums, you will also find highly enjoyable French cuisine in the Loire Valley. The exquisite sparkling wines and local specialities are well-known well beyond the borders of France.

You can immerse yourself in the full travel report together with all of the insider tips now on the web site of our partner PiNCAMP, the ADAC camping portal – read it here!