The Loire Valley has a very particular kind of charm and beauty, that may not be found everywhere in France. It is known as the "Garden of France" for its many castles and accompanying gardens, which makes the Loire Valley a perfect vacation for the whole family or a romantic couple. Read on to discover the best Loire Valley driving routes to hit all the best castles! 


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LOIRE VALLEY ROAD TRIP

When road tripping to the Loire Valley from Paris, the route will take you about a 3 hour drive. It is a great location for many day excursions and a relaxing break from the big city. While you definitely need a car to get around the Loire Valley, you can also take a train from Paris and rent a car upon your arrival. However, it would be more economical to rent the car in Paris and make your way towards your Loire Valley driving route. 

LOIRE VALLEY SCENIC ROUTE

Should you only choose to visit the Loire Valley for one day, be sure to visit all the châteaux (castles) spread out along the area. These castles, if you want to visit them all, will take you at least a whole day. 

Photo credit: headwater.com

Photo credit: headwater.com

However should you have more time to spend in the Loire Valley, adventure a bit and... 

Take a wine route and try the local wines in the vineyards of the Loire Valley 

Explore the big cities in the Loire Valley 

Go road cycling along the scenic river 

CHÂTEAU AND WINE IN THE LOIRE VALLEY

If you are celebrating a romantic occasion, be sure to book some adventurous and delicious Loire Valley specialities! One activity that you may be interested in is taking a hot air balloon ride over the stunning Loire Valley. Additionally, be sure to have a local meal consisting of Loire Valley cheese, game, rillette or even pastries such as sablés and Tarte tatin. We definitely recommend trying the rillette, a pâté that meat or fish that can be spread onto delicious bread! 

WHERE NEXT? 

If you want to visit more stunning cities near the Loire Valley, check out Nantes. Nantes is definitely not on many tourists radar which makes it a great destination for an authentic traveling experience. Additionally, La Rochelle is another coastal city where you can lay by the beach or go sailing or go camping, all while witnessing some of the best sunsets on the Atlantic coast. 


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