The picture-book setting of Loire Valley, a World Heritage Site, is dominated by 160 stunning châteaux and the River Loire which meanders through the green hills. Small villages and towns have grown around the larger châteaux over the years, so there is plenty to discover and enjoy for all the family.
Find out much more about this fantastic regions with the town and attraction details below, or follow the places to visit tab on the Domaine de Dugny pages.
Domaine de Dugny: the châteaux of the Loire - architectural masterpieces of the french Renaissance (Amboise, Chambord, Blois, Chaumont and Cheverny), the gardens of Château de Chaumont, the many caves and troglodyte villages...
The Incredible Zoo de Beauval St Aignan, which is home to over 4000 animals including rare lions and endangered aquatic manatees (or sea cows!)
Futuroscope theme park, 1h20 from Le Domaine de Dugny
In June : Le Mans 24 - Hour Car Race, Natural Brass Band Competition in Amboise
May - June : Sully International Festival, Château de Sully, Châteaunef-sur-Loire
From April to October: The garden of Château de Chaumont International Festival.
Every château has its own speciality, from Chaumont-sur-Loire, famed for its stunning gardens to Chenonceau, which after the Royal Palace of Versailles is the most visited château in France.
There are many ways to see Loire Valley, however Montgolfière (hot air balloon) flights are the most dramatic. A local microlite operator at Domaine de Dugny organises flights across the valley, with prices from just 40 Euros.
Golfers will feel above the clouds, with 30 courses in the region, and motor enthusiasts can make a date at the annual 24hr ‘Renault 4’ rally, Event Quatrelle.
Other attractions to look out for include La Ville Souterraine, an underground city created by artists, the incredible ZooParc de Beauval at St. Aignan, which is home to over 4,000 animals including white lions and manatees, and the Maurice Dufresne Museum in the former Marnay Paper Mill is filled with treasures from 10 centuries of invention, including over 3,000 cars, planes and motorcycles and 2,000 historic weapons.
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