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Nestling between the forest and the Loire, but on different banks, Langeais and Ussé express the quintessence, perhaps, of what makes up the gentle charm of the Loire Valley. Azay-le-Rideau, lying halfway between these two fairy-tale chateaux, has be..
By car, 23 km, 1 day
In the heart of the old city of Angers, the fine St-Maurice cathedral, dating from the 12C and 13C, rises up with its three towers, two of which are topped by 70 m spires. The chateau of Angers is a forbidding fortress whose seventeen towers are refl..
By car, 20 km, 1 day
Saumur has preserved intact its splendid chateau, built above the Loire in the 14C. The little winding streets of the town centre, which have kept their mediaeval layout, lead to Saumur's oldest church, Notre-Dame-de-Nantilly. This Romanesque church ..
By car, 31 km, 1 day
Tours is not only the capital of the Loire Valley, and a large city with a rich historical heritage: it is also a town where it is extremely pleasant to live, enlivened by the presence of 25,000 students. 15 km from Tours, Villandry and its magnifice..
By car, 46 km, 1 day
Annecy is located on the shores of a lake facing one of the most outstanding viewpoints of mountains and water in the French Alps. The surrounding area is well worth visiting. In particular, the Col de Forclaz, Col du Crêt de Châtillon (the highest p..
By car, 136 km, 1 day
Nancy is world-renowned for the extraordinary decorative arts reform movement that developed between 1885 and 1914. Some famous names came out of the Nancy School: Majorelle, Prouvé, Lurçat. Yet the most famous were in the glassware field with Emile ..
By car, 37 km, 1 day
Mont Dore, one of France's oldest winter sports resorts, lies in a magificent location in a mountain circus dominated by the Massif and Puy de Sancy. The culminating point of central France, the Puy de Sancy is a magical area in winter and summer ali..
By car, 145 km, 1 day
Alès is situated where the Cevennes mountains open out onto the vineyard plain. At 10km, the bamboo centre of Prafrance (created in 1855) today counts 100 bamboo varieties and some superb redwoods. Going back up on the Cevennes the summit roads are a..