There are a vast number and range of châteaux to explore, from the massive Chambord with its 282 chimneys and 75 staircases, to Clos Lucé, where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last years of his life.
Rent an apartment on the coast, hire a car and you are within easy driving distance of the Loire Valley’s lovely food and wines and can enjoy many active outdoor pursuits.
Here is a pick of some holiday villages and resorts close to the Loire Valley.
La Baule, Loire-Atlantique
La Baule Royal Park Residence is found in the forest area of La Baule-les-Pins and is surrounded by century-old trees.
Found about 300m from the long sandy beach the self catered seaside style villas offer ceramic cooking hob, full kitchen facilities and international and local television.
Le Hameau du Golf, Pornic
One for the golf players here, as this holiday village is found on the edge of the Pornic golf course, set in quiet green surrounds.
The beach at Noëveillard and the marina are Ikm away, while the old port of Pornic with its shops and quayside is 3.5 km from the residence.
Le Hameau du Golf provides a range of activities, including a swimming pool, and special discount rates at local golf courses.
Residence Saint Goustan, Le Croisic
Found in the charming fishing port and marina of Le Croisic, on the beach, with an incredible view of the sea.
This holiday accommodation has a heated outdoor pool and paddling pool, and the apartments have a view of the sea or the garden.
Head inland to explore La Bruyère regional nature park that contains 18 villages over 40,000 hectares, jump aboard a river barge or spot local wildlife and take in the rural tranquillity.