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Because there are so many of them, it can be difficult to find your way around the Loire Valley Castles. Knowing where they are, how to get there, how to plan your itinerary over several days without wasting too much time.
That’s why I’ve created this map, which lists the vast majority of châteaux that are worth visiting. But that’s not all, as we’ll see just below, I also wanted to include all the fun activities in the Loire Valley, other points of interest, accommodation, wine cellars… in short, everything you need to have a great stay without having to rummage through 36 different places!
Let’s get into the details of what’s on this map, which I hope you’ll find useful 🙂
Overview of the Loire Valley map
In concrete terms, here’s what you’ll find on this map:
- the 50 most beautiful châteaux in the Loire Valley!
- of course, you’ll find the most prestigious ones like Chenonceau, Chambord, Chaumont, Amboise and 15 others…
- but also more than 30 others, including such pleasant surprises as Château de Lude, Château de l’Islette and Château de Brissac.
- In all, there are over 50 châteaux to visit, so there’s something for everyone!
- The region’s most beautiful towns
- Amboise, of course, my favorite of the Loire Valley. But also Chinon, Angers, Tours and Orleans, for example!
- Several wine cellars
- Because wines are soooo good in the region, I’ve listed a few addresses of producers I’ve visited who have excellent wines. There’s something for everyone, from Vouvray of course, to troglodyte cellars, exceptional estates, Chinon, Saumur Champigny, white, rosé or red, there’s something for everyone!
- Other wonderful places!
- It’s not just the châteaux! We’ve also got some super-interesting troglodyte sites and the famous Fontevraud Royal Abbey
- Zoos and aquariums
- The area boasts some of the best zoos in France. Especially the Beauval zoo and its famous pandas, or Zoo de La Flèche
- Many essential activities
- For a different view of the castles! It’s possible to discover Chenonceau by boat, or see the castles from above with a hot-air balloon, for example
- Over 30 quality ACCOMMODATIONS in the country
- I’ve selected some very nice accommodations around the castles. You can sleep in castles, in troglodyte houses, in superb gites or simply in inexpensive, super-convenient hotels!
How to use this Google Map of the Loire Valley Castles
Well, it’s pretty easy. First of all, you need to know that this map is organized in layers. A layer is a set of points of interest, which I’ve arranged thematically.
In other words, the most beautiful castles are grouped together, along with other castles, lodgings, zoos… why? Because it allows you to deactivate layers one by one. In other words, if you’re not interested in zoos, or if you only want to see the most beautiful castles, you can hide the others by unchecking the corresponding boxes (see example below, it’s super simple)
By clicking on each point of interest, you can access all the details you need for your visit. Info, timetables, links, booking
The map for Châteaux de la Loire by train and bus
In the map below, taken from the article Visiting the Châteaux of the Loire without a car i’ve included a map showing the main châteaux of the Loire Valley and the nearest train/bus stations. That way, you can easily find your way around.
We can see, with great pleasure, that all the most beautiful châteaux are accessible mainly by train (Chenonceau, Azay, Amboise…), or by bus (Chambord and Cheverny). Only Ussé and Villandry are not easily accessible without a car.
The map for an itinerary in the Loire Castles
But I’ve also put together a 3-day itinerary in the Châteaux de la Loire, with the map showing the different stages per day:
- Day 1: Chenonceau / Clos Lucé / Amboise
- Day 2 : Azay le Rideau / Ussé / Tours
- Day 3 : Chambord / Cheverny / Blois
Of course, as you’ll see in this article, it’s very easy to have alternatives (like the castles of Chaumont or Amboise, Langeais or Loches), the ideal being not to travel too far between castles to avoid spending too much time on the road.
Some essential information for visiting the Loire Valley Chateaux
Because I love châteaux and want to share it, in addition to this map I have quite a few articles to recommend:
And there you have it! I think I’ve put as much information as possible into this map, everything that’s normally necessary. In practical terms, it’s impossible to visit everything in a single trip. So I have to warn you that you’ll come back to see the Châteaux, you’ll come back to enjoy the region’s wine, its good food, its pleasant climate and its fascinating history.
I’ve tried to make this map as complete and readable as possible. If it isn’t, please let me know and I’ll make adjustments 🙂
And finally, don’t hesitate to tell me if anything is missing 🙂
4 recommended accommodations in the area