Luxury holidays in Loire Valley
Could the Loire Valley be heaven on earth? The mediaeval monarchs certainly thought so, treating the rich countryside as their pastoral playground. Sun-kissed vineyards have earned the region respect as a stellar wine producer, and the local restaurants turn out memorable meals: grilled sardines, andouille sausage, coarse rillettes, and similar seducers. Having unwrapped some of the area’s obvious charms, we’ll hint at some of its secrets: mysterious caves, artistic fans, and see-to-believe tapestries…
When to go
May–September is the best time for being outdoors: cycling, walking and so on. It’s also when the region’s châteaux host ‘Sound and Light’ festivals, setting off their historic beauty with candles, installations and concerts, and staying open until late at night.