Located in the heart of the Loire Valley, 10 km from Saumur, the 5-star campsite Domaine de la Breche offers an ideal location for visiting the Loire Valley castles. Most of these world-famous castles built during the French Renaissance are located in the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage natural region, where our outdoor hotel welcomes you. The Val de Loire region is also known for its bike rides along the Loire and its many museums to visit.
By staying at the Domaine de la Breche in Varennes-sur-Loire, you will make a backward leap more than 500 years into the past. You will enter ancient fortresses converted into pleasure castles which were the places of residence of Philip Augustus, Francis I, Catherine de Medici, Diane of Poitiers and other great historical figures like the dukes of Anjou, the Kings of France and the House of Plantagenets.
Less than an hour away from the campsite, several castles of the Loire, some of which have been raised to the rank of “royal castles”, arrange you a date with the history of France. From the Château de Saumur to those of Montreuil-Bellay and Montsoreau in the Maine-et-Loire, including the magnificent Fontevraud abbey, Chinon Castle and also those of Ussé, Villandry and Amboise in the Indre- and Loire, all of them form part of the most prestigious and famous castles in France. Their own history and architectural qualities make them unique and extraordinary.
Here are some castles not to be missed:
- Angers: this castle dominate the city on its rocky promontory.
- Montsoreau: The only castle in the region built on the banks of the Loire
- Montreuil-Bellay: “A mixture of feisty feudalism and Renaissance elegance…”
- Brézé: A castle with the biggest underground in Europe.
- Ussé: the fairy tale castle in the Loire Valley.
- Gizeux: Dress-up guided tour for children every day.
- Langeais: Provides a perfect example of a late medieval castle.
- Villandry: Renowned for the harmony of its architecture and its gardens.
- Azay-le-Rideau: Honoré de Balzac said it was like “a faceted diamond set in the Indre”.
- Amboise: architectural jewel of the Renaissance, dips its majestic silhouette into the Loire.