UNESCO Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is a delight for lovers of nature and culture alike, and has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Everything is being done to preserve and promote the territory.

Balade en vélo à Chaumont Balade en vélo à Chaumont © J. Damase

Loire à Vélo takes you through the Loire Valley, included since 30 November 2000 on the World Heritage List as a living cultural landscape. It is the largest listed site in France: 280km long between Sully-sur-Loire (to the east of Orléans) and Chalonnes-sur-Loire (to the south-west of Angers).

La Loire vers Chaumont-sur-Loire La Loire vers Chaumont-sur-Loire © P. Duriez

The Loire Valley is a harmonious alliance between mankind and nature. The châteaux, towns and villages, the river and its culture, winegrowing and gastronomy all fit perfectly into this magnificent landscape, that of Europe’s last untamed river.

To preserve it, the Mission Val de Loire set up in March 2002 by the Centre and Pays de la Loire Regional Councils works to conserve, enhance and manage the listed area.

What better way could there be than cycling to take in the natural and cultural riches of the Loire landscapes?

Discover the official website of Loire Valley UNESCO World Heritage

The 3 criteria applied by UNESCO in listing the Loire Valley:

  1. “The site represents a masterpiece of human creative genius”.
  2. “The site exhibits an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design”.
  3.  “The site offers an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates a significant stage in human history”.