Just a short drive away from Paris, the Loire Valley straddles the frontier between northern and southern France and is synonymous with majestic châteaux. The valley is home to hundreds of France's most extravagant architectural gems and is the largest area in the country to be included on UNESCO's World Heirage List. 

 

If you love history and architecture, there are many crenallated towers, spiral staircases and glittering banquet halls as your heart could ever desire in the Loire Valley.