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.
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.