janFocusBest chateaux of the Loire ValleyThe Loire Valley is famous worldwide for its Castles. During the day you will visit these fantastic monuments, and in the evening you will live the "castle life" staying at Chateau d'Artigny.
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These are the most famous castles of the Loire Valley. We highly recommend to visit one or two of them
Château de Chenonceau – 30 minutes drive from hotel Chateau d’Artigny
Beloved home of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis, Chenonceau is the second most visited castle in France, after Versailles. Its arches gracefully straddle the Cher.
Visit Chateau de Chenonceau
Château de Chambord 1h drive from hotel Chateau d’Artigny
It was built into its modern form in the early 16th century under the rule of François I and with the influence of Leonardo da Vinci.The year 2019 will be marked by the half-millennium of the outset of construction
Visit Chateau de Chambord
Château de Villandry 20 minutes drive from hotel Chateau d’Artigny
The beautifully furnished, elegant 16th century chateau towers over the gardens. This famous plant mosaic was recreated in the early 20th century based on the Renaissance model. Not to be missed : 5 & 6 july – 2 & 3 august: Nights of a Thousand Lights (As the nights draw in the gardens are bathed in the light of over 2000 candles)
Visit Chateau de Villandry
Château d’Azay le Rideau 20 minutes drive from hotel Chateau d’Artigny
It was built on an island in the Indre River during the reign of Francis I. A subtle blend of French tradition and innovative Italian decor, it is an icon of the new art of building in the Loire Valley in the 16th century. Balzac even called it the “Diamond of the Indre.” Major restoration in 2017
But we also suggest you to visit less known castles. There are charming and less crowded
Fortress of the black Falcon – Montbazon – 2 km from the Chateau d’Artigny
The oldest fortress of the ruthless count of Anjou, Foulques Nerra, has towered over the old town of Montbazon for over a thousand years. Many activities for family – Show during summer
Visit the fortress
Chateau de Rigny-Ussé – 37 km from the Chateau d’Artigny
Charles Perrault took it as inspiration for his tale of Sleeping Beauty.
Visit Chateau de Rigny-Ussé