LOIRE VALLEY HORSE RIDING TOURS
If France is a Paradise for travellers, Loire Valley deserved the name of Garden of Eden.
Indeed, this region is known in French as the "Jardin de la France", the Garden of France.
The nickname was bestowed upon it by an impressed Italian in the 16 th century, recognizing the province's wonderful mixture of fertility and beauty.
The famous Renaissance chateaux (castles) of Loire Valley : Chambord, Chenonceaux, Cheverny...
At first sight, what stand out are the outlines of the huge constructions of tuffeau limestone, giant witnesses of France's History: Chambord, Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceau...
And then you notice that this masterpiece is also made up of a multitude of original, secret attractions.
A horse riding tour in this historical region will take you to the most famous chateaux and castles, but also to the smaller manoirs and mansions.
Your horse turns into a unique way of entering into History !
The Loire, Europe's last wild river
Europe's last untamed river, the Loire combines rich, unspoilt landscapes with a world-renowned architectural heritage.
It is something of an exception when you consider how much Man has disfigured valleys.
The Loire Valley, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, has won this recognition of its astonishing distinctiveness over a length of 260 km and a surface area of 745 km².
By introducing the notion of "cultural landscape", UNESCO has highlighted the particular relationship between Man and his natural environment.
Calm and savage in turn, the Loire is endlessly changing, from green islets to moving sandbanks. The tropics have left their colours on this river. Sun-warmed sandbanks, ideal exposure, and seeds brought by boats, winds and birds: it is no surprise that species from the Americas and Africa blossom on the Loire.
The huge forests of Chambord and Sologne, lands of Royal Hunts...
Royal hunts were the reason why most of the castles have been erected.
No surprise then that you will ride through huge and old forests !
The Sologne area, mysterious and royal thanks to Chambord and François I, also owes its special character to the charm of the villages dotted around the vast expanses of forestland, moors and lakes.
Red-brick dwellings, half-timbered houses, churches, and castles out in the middle of the country.
The multitude of wild or maintained lakes gives the region a wealth of bird life.
A real "art de vivre" (art of living) : French cuisine
Last but not least, this blessed environment provides a variety of quality vegetables, fishes, fruits, game meat and wines...
A hint of inventiveness, a pinch of tradition, a drop of originality and a good measure of know-how: mix it all together and you get the perfect definition of the gastronomy of the Loire Valley. Gourmets coming to the region should prepare for a festival of flavour, for food is a way of life here!
Your horse riding holidays will surely turn into a gastronomic tour, for sure !
Wines and vineyards of the Loire Valley
From Touraine to Sancerre and from Coteaux du Vendômois to Châteaumeillant, the wine areas of the Loire Valley are rich in exceptional wines boasting great diversity and authenticity.
Bourgueil, Chinon, Vouvray, Valençay, Reuilly, Menetou-Salon, Sancerre...
Do these familiar-sounding names evoke something special for you?
They are just some of the many wines of the Loire Valley; the region has so many others. Twenty-four AOCs are listed. These are all quality wines born of know-how and a longstanding winemaking tradition that has led to their renown.
Closely linked to the history of France, viticulture in the Loire Valley began in the 5th century. It has not stopped developing ever since, gradually becoming enriched with the expertise of generations of winegrowers.
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