1 Châteaux à vélo

300km of bike paths that ramble through forests, fields and pretty stone villages, an idyllic way to visit the stunning châteaux around Blois.

2 Stained glass at Bourges cathedral

Some of France’s finest stained-glass windows are preserved in Bourges’s extravagant Gothic cathedral.

3 Château de Blois

A brilliantly conceived building with an epic history – a must-see for all visitors.

4 Amboise

Beautiful, archetypal Loire Valley town, and a brilliant base for an exploration of the outlying regions.

5 The gardens at Villandry

These superb gardens are home to allegorical Renaissance hedge-work.

6 The Tapestry of the Apocalypse

Dramatically displayed in Angers’ half-ruined fortress, this is an astonishingly well-preserved piece of medieval doom-mongering.

7 Les Machines de L’Île, Nantes

Thrilling steam-punk extravaganza, where visitors can ride on a twelve-metre-tall mechanical elephant.

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