5 romantic holiday ideas in the Loire Valley

Looking for a romantic destination for your next holiday? The magnificent landscapes of the Loire Valley invite you to relax and escape. Let yourself be seduced by the magical atmosphere of the Loire châteaux and enjoy the excellent cuisine and wines of the region.

Visit the Loire Valley châteaux one by one

Exploring the châteaux of the Loire Valley is a real journey back in time, transporting you to the Middle Ages or the Renaissance and teaching you more about the history of France. The Royal City and Fortress of Loches are magnificent examples of the imposing architecture of the medieval period, while the châteaux of Azay-le-Rideau and Chambord are masterpieces of the Renaissance. Follow in the footsteps of the kings and queens of France by visiting the royal châteaux of Blois, Amboise and Chenonceau. Learn more about famous personalities such as Leonardo da Vinci at the Château du Clos-Lucé, or about the decoration of these periods in the châteaux of Cheverny and Sully-sur-Loire. All these treasures, set in the picturesque landscape of the Loire Valley, have been classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

List of Loire châteaux (External link)

Share a moment in the vineyards

There's nothing better than a good wine to accompany a romantic dinner. The Loire Valley has many excellent wines to offer. Learn about the region's top appellations, discover the Loire Valley wine cellars that are open to visitors, and make a beeline for the best wine bars and restaurants to end your evening on a high.

The Loire Valley vineyards (External link)

Take a romantic walk in the Loire Valley gardens

Whether you're a keen gardener or just want to enjoy a romantic stroll, the Loire Valley - often referred to as the 'Garden of France' - is hard to beat. The Château de Villandry enchants visitors with its Renaissance gardens, while the Château du Rivau has a collection of roses, English and vegetable gardens, and other botanical collections. The International Garden Festival at the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire is a must for art and garden fans.

The Loire Valley gardens (External link)

Enjoy a very special dinner for two

No fewer than 16 restaurants in the Loire Valley have been awarded at least one Michelin star. The banks of the Loire and the châteaux offer an ideal setting for a special meal - and the restaurants of the Maîtres-Restaurateurs are a good alternative if you want to try homemade local dishes. The world-famous Tarte Tatin from the Loire Valley is an absolute must, which you can taste in the recently renovated Maison Tatin hotel-restaurant.

The top chefs of the Loire Valley (External link)

Sleep at a château or somewhere luxury and eco-friendly

Live the château lifestyle for a night or two! What could be more romantic than playing prince or princess and staying overnight at one of these majestic French landmarks?

Alternatively, if you want to combine luxury with wellness and eco values, stay at Loire Valley Lodges and Les Sources de Cheverny at the heart of the forest.

The Loire Valley's château-hotels (External link)