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Touraine

Welcome to Touraine! This "garden of France", which is also famous for its art of living, is home to some of the Loire’s most prestigious châteaux. On your must-see list are Chenonceau, the "ladies' château" whose arches gracefully straddle the River Cher, as well as the town of Amboise with its royal château and the Clos Lucé, where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final days.

Then feast your eyes on the château at Azay-le-Rideau, built on an island in the River Indre, and if the Middle Ages is your thing, take a trip to Château de Langeais and the Chinon Fortress where the cutting-edge, interactive displays will whisk you away to the 3rd millennium!

Touraine also flourishes with beautiful parks and gardens, not least Château de Villandry's whose floral variations on the subject of love blossom alongside water and music gardens and ornamental vegetable plots. Stretch your legs in the protected nature spots of Loire-Anjou Touraine regional nature park and feel yourself unwind as you explore the unspoilt islands in the Loire, the troglodyte dwellings and the way the locals once lived, making the cliff-face their home

Treat your taste buds to our mouth-watering array of local produce, including pork specialities rillonsand rillettes, Loire pike-perch and goat's cheese such as the famous Sainte-Maure de Touraine. Why not sample one of our dozen AOC wines while you're at it? Chinon, St Nicolas de Bourgueil or a sparkling Vouvray to get you started.

Living in Touraine is an art!

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