Family Holiday Fun in Historic Loire Valley
Adventure, grand chateaux, and beautiful scenery await along the approximately 170 miles of the Loire Valley in central France. Vineyards and fruit orchards abound, and artichoke and asparagus fields line the banks of the Loire River. Much of the area has been designated a World Heritage Site.
The Valley is a dividing line separating north from south France, leading to a very favorable climate during all seasons. Spring is generally cooler with some early-morning frost, while the hotter temperatures of summer are moderated with cooling Atlantic breezes.
Renting a holiday home in Loire Valley gives your family easy access to the numerous historic cities and villages of the Valley, as well as being more economically feasible over large expensive hotels or resorts.
Besides the over 300 chateaux located in the Valley, many dating back hundreds of years, the cities of Amboise, Blois, Chartres, Orleans, Saumur, and others have lots of family activities to keep your holiday fun and memorable. Choose a sunrise or sunset hot-air balloon tour from Amboise to get a spectacular birds-eye view of the area. The tour lasts around three hours - an awesome start or end to the day.
The youngsters will be fascinated with the magic shows at Maison de la Magie in Blois. Wander through ancient cave dwellings in Rochemenier or visit the 'cathedral caves' at Le Mystere des Faluns for a taste of natural history.
For exciting family adventure, a trip to Parc Saumur Forest Adventures is a must. Ropes and zip lines will have you flying through the trees and enjoying the coolness of the forest canopy. They have different levels of difficulty suitable for any age group from 4 - 84. The staff is well-trained, and safety is top priority so there is nothing to fear. Take along a picnic lunch as there are tables scattered throughout for just that purpose.
Quieter time can be had at Europe's most beautiful zoo, the ZooParc de Beauval, where giant pandas and their babies reside. A museum totally dedicated to Tintin can be found at Chateau de Cheverny. Most of the cities have walking and biking paths or take a tour via horseback. Boat tours are available as well as canoeing and kayaking along the Loire River or one of its tributaries.
The only challenge with planning a family holiday to the Loire Valley will be finding the time to explore and enjoy all the area has to offer!