The secrets of the Loire châteaux
Château de Montsoreau – An encounter with contemporary art
Château de Saumur – The monument that houses a secret museum
Château de Brézé - Built on an incredible underground fortress
Château de Brissac - A very discreet little theatre room…
Château d’Angers - In the dungeons of an old prison
Château des Ducs de Bretagne – On the search for the tower that disappeared
Be amazed by the magnificent châteaux to be found in the Loire Valley. Once the land of the Kings of France, these tuffeau stone settings also have some amazingly unique characteristics behind their majestic silhouettes.
It was in the centre of the country, along the Loire Valley, where the Kings of France decided to set up court during the Renaissance. This land now has the highest concentration of châteaux in the country, most of which were either built or remodelled between the 15th and 16th centuries. Every year, thousands of tourists flock from around the world to discover these exceptional structures.
The châteaux de la Loire route begins in the Loiret and extends as far as Nantes, passing through the Saumurois and Anjou. Visitors who take the time to explore each site will discover that the monuments have some astonishing secrets, whether the unsettling dungeons at the Château d'Angers, the theatre tucked away in the Château de Brissac or the incredible subterranean fortress of Brézé... Here's a little overview of these amazing discoveries with a getaway in pictures.