Thinking of visiting the gorgeous "Garden of France" or Loire Valley on your next vacation in France? Read on to learn about all the different castles, towns and even local foods and wines in the Loire Valley, all of which you can reach on a Loire Valley road trip!
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LOIRE VALLEY DRIVING ROUTE
When making your way to the Loire Valley from Paris, you will realize that there are many different parts of this beautiful area. Driving time from Paris takes 3 hours and you can reach the Southern Loire Valley just below Paris the quickest. Some tourists opt to take a train to one of the many destinations in the Loire Valley and then rent a car to get around, which is another viable option for your travels that would cut-down on your driving time. The best Loire Valley driving route however is to drive directly from Paris, renting your car within the city.
If you only have one day in the Loire Valley, be sure to visit all the châteaux (castles). The castles are stunning and worth the visit and time, but should you have more time in the Loire Valley, there are plenty other cultural activities to partake in!
Why not take a wine route and try the local wines grown right there?
Or maybe explore the big cities in the Loire Valley?
LOIRE VALLEY SCENIC ROUTE (& MORE!)
The Loire Valley is known mostly for their châteaux and wine in the Loire Valley, but there are also many other activities and locally produced products to try! For example, when eating at a regional restaurant be sure to try an assortment of their local cheeses and if you're feeling brave, rillette (pâté from shredded meat or fish). For desserts, try sablés or Tarte tatin! If you are looking for a unique experience in the Loire Valley with a loved one, book a surprise hot air balloon ride over the panoramic Loire Valley- the best surprise for a birthday, anniversary or even proposal!
La Rochelle: A city on the Atlantic coast where you can relax enjoying a breathtaking sunset after a day of sunbathing or out on the water!
Nantes: A lovely city not too far from the Loire Valley worth a visit if you are looking for more versitle activities and time exploring off-the-beaten-path cities in France, away from massive crowds of tourists!
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