Touraine and the châteaux of the Loire

Located in the heart of Touraine, at 30min from Tours, the château is an excellent starting point for exploring the regions’ rich heritage with its magnicifents castles such as Villandry, Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau and its gastronomic treasures.

Don’t forget to visit the Loire-Anjou-Touraine regional park directly adjacent to le Château du Breuil, dotted with Romanesque churches, Renaissance manors, flower-filled villages and lush green valleys.

Châteaux, towns, museums, gardens and other sights

Within a 30-minute drive:

  • The château of Villandry and its renowned gardens
  • Azay-le-Rideau, one of the grandest Renaissance châteaux in the Loire valley
  • Château de l’Islette, just down the road from Azay-le-Rideau and site of the legendary, tempestuous affair between the sculptors Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel
  • Château d’Ussé, inspiration for the setting of Sleeping Beauty in the version we know today, written by Charles Perrault in 1697
  • Crissay-sur-Manse, one of France’s most beautiful villages, a Renaissance gem in the heart of Touraine
  • Château de Saché, where Balzac wrote, and set, some of his greatest works in The Human Comedy.
  • Chinon, royal castle and fortified medieval village
  • Château du Rivau, with its gardens straight out of a fairy tale
  • Langeais, medieval castle
  • Tours, the area’s largest town and its medieval center, cathedral and museums
  • Priory of St. Cosmas, home of the Renaissance poet Ronsard
  • Richelieu, a unique planned town built by Cardinal Richelieu in the 17th century and its artisan workshops

Within an hour’s drive:

  • Château de Chenonceau, a Renaissance masterpiece
  • Château d’Amboise, palace of French kings during the Renaissance
  • Château du Clos Lucé, where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final years
  • Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire and its international garden festival
  • Candes-Saint-Martin, the village and its church, where the Loire and Vienne rivers meet
  • Fontevraud Abbey, one of the largest monasteries in Europe
  • Montsoreau, the château and the village, among the most beautiful in France
  • Loches, designated a Town of Art and History by the French Ministry of Culture, its medieval fortress and royal residence
  • Abbey of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, a UNESCO World Heritage site, known as the “Sistine Chapel of medieval France” due to its frescos
  • Chauvigny, medieval town and its five castles
  • La Roche-Posay, for its spa and thermal baths
  • Saumur, its château and prestigious Black Cadre military riding academy and equestrian team
  • Beauval Zoo, rated the 4th most beautiful in the world
  • … and so much more to discover!

Within a 1 1/2 hour drive :

  • The châteaux of Chambord, Cheverny and Blois
  • Angers, its many museums and château

Food and Drink

Come discover the products of our terroirs: the Loire valley wines you can sample in the many cellars of Chinon, Bourgueil, Vouvray or Montlouis; truffles (Touraine is France’s second-largest truffle region, with dedicated markets in Richelieu and Marigny-Marmande in January and February); saffron; the famous AOC-designated Sainte-Maure cheese; poires tapées (pears preserved by a unique method dating back to the middle ages); nougat from Tours… and much more.

Arts, Culture

Artisans and workshops, many with the official designation of Living Cultural Heritage, are located close by: basket making, metal casting, pottery, paper marbling, bookbinding, silk weaving, leather crafting, mosaics, musical instrument making. Drop by for a visit or try a workshop, whether for an hour or a whole week.

Hot-air ballooning

Flights are available at many of the foremost châteaux of the Loire. A unique and unforgettable way to experience the region from the air. Generally available mornings and late afternoons from April 1 to October 15.

Canoeing and kayaking

Touraine, in the heart of the Loire Valley, is crisscrossed by waterways. Canoeing is a delight on the River Loire as well as four other tranquil rivers in the region, the Cher, Creuse, Indre and Vienne. For sunbathing, a little exercise, photographing gorgeous landscapes, splashing around with that special someone, canoeing is ideal!


‘Loire by Bike’ is a route along the River Loire guiding you to a series of beautiful escapes between Amboise, Tours, Azay-le-Rideau and Chinon. Rent bikes, go at your own pace, and stop along the way for some gastronomic explorations or a picnic with superb panoramic views.