The Loire River originates from the southern foothills of the Cévennes on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, flows northwest to Orleans, turns to the west, forms a long and wide estuary in Nantes, and flows into the Atlantic Ocean to the south of the Brittany Peninsula. The total length is 1012 kilometers, and the drainage area is about 121,000 square kilometers. The main tributaries are the Allier River, Cher River, Ander River, Vienne River and Mann River. Both sides of the strait have beautiful scenery and many vineyards. Historically, the economy was very prosperous, and it was the main artery of water transportation. After the completion of the railway, river transportation plummeted.
The main tributaries of the Loire are: Arroux, Allier, Cosson, Cher, Indre, Vienne and Loire River (Loir) and so on.
The Vienne River is the largest tributary of the Loire River. It originates at the junction of Corrèze, Haute Vienne and Creuse. The river first flows westward and then turns to the north when it reaches Saint-Jignan. The Clain, Gartempe and Crease rivers, etc., finally flowed into the Loire near Saumur.
The Loire River flows through the central region of France. Due to its relatively flat terrain, it is not suitable for building high dams and large reservoirs. So far, only a few small reservoirs have been built.
As the largest tourist attraction in France: from Sully-sur-Loire in Le Loiret to Chalonnes-sur-Loire in Anjou, the Loire Valley offers you A tourist route of 280 kilometers long.
Meet in the river of freedom
The Loire makes an evening turn at Candes-Saint-Martin, and at the same time it leaves a beautiful landscape for this mountain-based city. Since the 12th century AD, the embankment of Saint Martin in Conde has been responsible for protecting local residents. Take a walk on the embankment, amused with the small animals by the river, or watch the rare wild plants growing on the river bank, and walk gently to nature. Like Condes-Saint-Martin, there are many scenic spots in the valley that are formed because of the “willfulness” of the Loire. Nature cares about the Loire River, you should come here to feel her charm.
You can also choose to visit the Loire by water route: in a traditional French boat, you can reach every corner of the Loire Valley. There are piers for boats in Chaumont-sur-Loire and Rochecorbon.
History settles in the Loire Valley…maybe it is the beautiful scenery that lingers on the Loire River, and many French kings have chosen to build their own palaces here. Therefore, the Loire River, surrounded by the royal castle, is also naturally stamped with the brand of the royal family.
Touring along the river, the Loire and its tributaries will lead you to magnificent castles, famous monasteries and beautiful gardens, which together constitute the most beautiful scenery on the Loire. It is also Chambord, Chenonceaux, Villandry, Sully, Azay-le-Rideau, Fontefroy The monastery (Fontevraud)… the existence of these classical buildings, the Loire won the honor of France’s first river.
The cities and villages along the river are also part of the world cultural heritage. Legends and stories about the Loire Valley are passed down here for generations. Ports and places where sailors meet are often the birthplaces of these stories. You can visit the museum in Chateauneuf-sur-Loire to get a comprehensive understanding of the various legends of the Loire Valley, or you can find someone who can French-speaking partners take a walk on the embankment of the river, and perhaps the enthusiastic local residents will take the initiative to talk about the mountains with you. The big cities in the Loire region have a long history. Orléans, Blois, Tours, Saumur… all have an indelible page in French history.
The art of living
The beautiful residential houses in the Loire region will make your eyes shine. As a local architectural feature, residents also like to build their houses in recessed areas on the banks of the river, in Rochecorbon, Vouvray, Montlouis, and Langeais ) You can see this kind of old-fashioned residences that have been improved by modern construction techniques.
Rabelais, Balzac, Alexandre Dumas, Maurice Genevoix, Charles Péguy… The Loire Valley is a literary paradise. Famous writers are here waiting for your arrival. Follow their footsteps and enjoy a rich cultural meal.
The Loire Valley region also had a decisive influence on the Renaissance. The love poets Ronsard and Du Bellay, who were born here, were famous representatives of the Seven Star Poetry Society; (Fran?ois 1er) invited, and Leonard de Vinci (Léonard de Vinci) spent the last years of his life in Amboise.