Sights along the Loire à Vélo

Sights to admire at every turn along the 800km of Loire à Vélo.

Cyclotouristes devant le château de Chambord Cyclotouristes devant le château de Chambord © L. de Serres

Such a large territory necessarily reserves many surprises and delights. The architecture, nature and gastronomy of the Loire Valley are certain to charm you. Thanks to your bicycle, you can see architectural wonders such as the world-renowned Châteaux of the Loire : Chambord and Chenonceau, of course, but also the sturdy fortress of Angers, or the little-known yet oh-so-elegant Château of Serrant.

You will also discover natural delights in the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Reserve with its herons and beavers.

You can also enjoy breath-taking panoramic views from the hill of Sancerre or the top of the towers of the Château of Saumur.

Other jewels are concealed in the countless gardens of the Loire Valley designed and embellished over the centuries. The mild climate here is always ideal for plant life, from Chaumont-sur-Loire to Villandry via the incredible Terra Botanica theme park in Angers dedicated to the plant world...

Le bassin et l'écluse de Mantelot à Châtillon-sur-Loire Le bassin et l'écluse de Mantelot à Châtillon-sur-Loire © E.Mangeat

A land of walks, feasts and wonders...

Make sure you stop off to savour the pleasures of our small villages and big cities. From Germigny-des-Prés (population 699) and its oratory dating back to the times of Charlemagne, to Nantes (city population of over 280,000), the city of Jules Verne, all reserve many surprises for visitors.

Charcuterie tourangelle : saucissons, rillettes, andouillette et rillons Charcuterie tourangelle : saucissons, rillettes, andouillette et rillons © C. Lazi

The Loire Valley also has wonders for the palate. From the prestigious wines of the Loire to the no-less-famous goat’s cheeses, this has always been a land of good restaurants and outstanding produce.

Finally, there are plenty of little-known hidden treasures.  The heritage of the Loire Valley is not limited to the superb white-stone châteaux, there is much more to be discovered from the flat-bottomed boats that have tamed this wild-headed river, in the dark of the caves dug out of the hillsides and along the estuary of the Loire between Nantes and Saint-Nazaire, where renowned artists capture landscapes stretching between river and ocean.