Some say that human hand will never reach the ankle of nature. However, on a portion of the central French territory that corresponds to the former provinces of Anjou, Orléanais and Touraine, mainly in the part of the Loire Valley that extends from Angers to Blois, the man left between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries an indelible imprint by building thousands of sumptuous castles under the orders of a king or a lord. Nearly 3,000, if we count those of Berry, Nivernais and Maine. Rightly, the Loire Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Are you looking for a campsite near the Loire castles? From the campsite Domaine de la Brèche, you will have the opportunity to visit the most famous of them and to marvel at the architectural jewels that still remain today part of the most beautiful heritage of the French Renaissance.
List of the main castles in Maine et Loire and Indre et Loire
From the campsite, you can go in less than an hour, sometimes in just 20 minutes, in several castles of the Loire. Many of them are called “royal castles” because they used to be a royal residence.
Castles in Indre-et-Loire
- Château de Chinon: royal castle where the King of England Henri II and his sons, Richard Coeur de Lion and Jean sans Terre were received.
- Château d’Ussé: where Voltaire wrote part of La Henriade.
- Château d’Amboise: royal castle where Francis I lived, where Charles VIII and Leonardo da Vinci died.
- Château de Chenonceau: one of the favorite castles of Catherine de Médicis who served as a hospital during the First World War.
- Château de Langeais: old medieval fortress enlarged by Richard the Lionheart.
- Château de Villandry: castle where was signed the “Peace of Colombiers”, which symbolizes the defeat of the King of England (Henry II) against the King of France (Philippe Auguste).
- Château de Tours: Marguerite of Scotland married there in 1436 the future king Louis XI of France.
- Château de Gizeux: the longest castle in Touraine Angevine (250 m long facade).
Castles in Maine et Loire
- Château de Saumur: one of the main castles of the House of Anjou then transmitted to the Plantagenet House.
- Château d’Angers: castle of the dukes of Anjou, one of the most visited sites of Maine-et-Loire.
- Abbey of Fontevraud: former Benedictine abbey, one of the largest monastic cities of Europe.
- Château de Brézé: Private property distinguished by its vast troglodyte network.
- Château de Montreuil-Bellay: castle frequented at the beginning of the 13th century by the kings Philippe Auguste and Louis VIII.
- Château de Montsoreau: castle with avant-garde architecture, the only one built in the bed of the Loire.