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Les machines de l’Ile

The Machines de l'Ile is a thoroughly original art project.

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Ile Béhuard

The only island town on the Loire, the Ile Béhuard is located in a UNESCO World Heritage Site area.

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The Castle of Angers

Enter by the huge drawbridge across the moat and explore the governor's lodge, the dungeons, the battlements and enjoy the unobstructed view over the city.

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The Castle of Saumur

The castle-palace of the Dukes of Anjou in the 14th and 15th centuries, Saumur Castle was the home of King René, and is the last surviving example of the Princely palaces erected by the Valois dynasty.

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Cave-dwellings

This community features a set of cave dwellings that can be visited along a signposted route.

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Royal Abbey of Fontevraud

An impressive building, fully restored, this plays host to the recumbent statues of Eleanor of Aquitane and Richard the Lionheart.

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The Castle of Villandry and its gardens

Completed in approximately 1536, Villandry was the last of the Loire Valley castles to be built in the Renaissance period.

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La place Plumereau to Tours

Beautifully restored and largely pedestrianised, the old town in Tours is best experienced through its pavement cafés in the Place Plumereau (the "Place Prum" for those in the know).

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The royal Castle of Blois

A must-see in the Loire Valley, the Royal Castle of Blois is at once a museum of architecture and of the history of the castles of the Loire.

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Amboise: Château Royal and Manoir du Clos Lucé

In Amboise, don't miss le Château Royal wich offer you a magnificent view of the Loire and the Clos-Lucé, the last residence of Leonardo da Vinci

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Castle of Chambord

With its 128 metres of façades, 440 rooms and 282 chimneys, the Château de Chambord is the largest of the castles in the Loire Valley.

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Sainte-Croix Cathedral

Of all the cathedrals of France, Sainte-Croix d'Orleans is the one with the oldest roots.

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The Maison des Sancerre

At the heart of the vineyards and enjoying a breathtaking panorama, the Maison des Sancerr become a key place to discover the vineyards of Sancerre.

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The observaLoire

You will find out all about the history and the working of the Loire and its channels, through this fun, interactive tour upstream from the canal bridge.

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Basilica of Paray-Le-Monial

This Clunian foundation was built by Cluniac architects during the latter half of the 11th century.

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The tanner's quarter

Take some time out to walk around the rue Pasteur - one of the oldest streets in the town.

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The citadel of Besançon

Miles of walls, 'Tenaille' defences, gatehouses, curtain walls, towers and more.

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Abbey of Besançon

The Dames Chanoinesses Abbey was founded in the 5th century by Saint Germain, the Bishop of Besançon.

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Ladders and steps in locks

Along the length of the waterway, twelve locks intersect the Rhone-Rhine Canal between Valdieu and Wolfersdorf, following the natural border between the waters of the Rhone and the Rhine basin.

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Bâle

There's plenty to admire:

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