The Loire Valley Region in France

The Land of the Castles

by Sophia Delacotte
French Real Estate Agent in Silicon Valley


The most famous part of the Loire Valley area (aka Touraine) spread over 310 square miles in the center of France. Its melancholic landscapes, its architectural richness and historical heritage make it one of the most convenient and pleasant areas to settle in France.

The Touraine in the Loire Valley area is world famous for two things in particular: Tasty and light wines (such as Vouvray, Saint Nicolas de Bourgeuil, Sancerre) and countless castles (aka Chateaux in French) formerly occupied by many French Kings and noblemen, among the most famous the castles of Chambord, Azay le Rideau, Blois and Cheverny (immortalized by Belgian cartoonist Herge, the creator of Tintin, under the pseudo Moulinsart).

One little known fact about the Loire Valley and Touraine region is the fact that this is the place where the purest French is spoken. So if you are looking to perfect your French language skills, the Loire Valley is the top spot to visit.

The Loire Valley region is often referred to as the Garden of France due to the richness of its agriculture: Orchards, vineyards, vegetable gardens and nurseries abound.

The Loire Valley region is an open book of history since the dawn of Humanity. It has been populated since the middle paleolithic era, boasts a strong Roman heritage and is the cradle of Renaissance architecture and design through its many Chateaux. In the year 2000, UNESCO added the central part of the Loire River valley to its list of World Heritage Sites.

A rare pleasure as well to enjoy while staying in the Loire Valley is the opportunity to go on a hunting trip. If you are lucky or well connected, you might even be invited to hunt the wild boars and ducks in the gardens of the former French Kings' Castles!  

If you like the past as much as the present and feel comfortable in a well balanced traditional but still modern environment, 45 minutes away from Paris, the Loire Valley and the Touraine region might be the gateway to your dream of owning a home in France.

Living in the Loire Valley is to enjoy life in a serene, refined and traditional environment shaped as much by the early Men than by some of the noblest Frenchmen who ever lived.