Travel guide to Loire Valley


Local name
Le Vallée de la Loire

Travel preparation


Best time to visit

The weather in the Loire Valley resembles the North European but the summers are longer and the fall milder. Therefore September is an excellent month to travel in the region especially if you are buying wine. In this month you will find auctions taking place at the vineyards. So even though this year's wine probably has not been bottled yet you will get a feel of how it works. In July and August it can feel crowded when many city dwellers go here during the school holidays.


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Local conditions


Time zone

GMT + 1 hour

Culture and entertainment

You will find movie theatres and live music in most of the larger cities. Many places also have good museums.

Accommodation / Hotel

Many chateaux offer accommodation, so that you can experience living in a castle. You can also sleep at hotels, camping sites and hostels, which are mostly placed around the cities. Book your hotel in Loire Valley here

Local transport



All the cities in the area have taxis. You can hire them on the street or order one over the phone.
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