The Loire Valley is a natural region with a rich heritage. Rich in history, architecture, nature, landscapes, wine, men ... activities such as hot air ballooning. A baptism in a balloon is ideal to discover the jewels of the region, the Loire or the Cher, and the fantastic castles or monuments that punctuate the landscape. Fly in a hot air balloon in the Loire Valley is a magical adventure that will leave you with unforgettable memories.
Located between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes-sur-Loire, the Loire Valley area has been listed since 2000 on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a living cultural landscape. This unique sweetness of life is the result of time; centuries of interactions between the river, the land it irrigates and the people who have settled there throughout history.
The Loire Valley is characterized by the quality of its architectural heritage and the famous "castles of the Loire". They punctuate it, punctuate it like so many precious stones. The castles stretch along the river from Sully-sur-Loire to Nantes more or less close to major cities such as Orléans, Blois, Tours, Saumur or even Angers. Each of these great sites and castles reveal fundamental chapters of the History of France. Their majestic architectures, the neat gardens, the splendid decorations, the historical intrigues are so many hidden treasures through an enthralling voyage in the splendid decorations of the landscapes of the Loire Valley: Chambord, Chenonceau, Sully-sur-Loire, Angers…
Throughout the Valley its majestic castles, elegant Renaissance mansions, imposing medieval fortresses, beautiful classic tufa facades remind us that it was the favorite region of the Kings of France and the court for several centuries. It would be difficult to cite all the great figures in history who influenced the region, so here are a few: Jeanne d'Arc, Louis XII, Anne de Bretagne, François Ier, Henri IV, Léonard de Vinci, Ronsard, Balzac…
These castles are next to more discreet family castles, sumptuous gardens landscaped by true enthusiasts and remarkable religious buildings resulting from the emulation due to the royal presence. You only have to push the door of these monuments to immerse yourself in an exceptional heritage!
On the banks of the Loire, an hour and a half from Paris, the Châteaux of the Loire flourish in the heart of sumptuous landscapes. The Loire Valley is also a French natural region which constitutes a site of the Natura 2000 network. In the departments of Loiret (l'Orléanais), Loir-et-Cher (Blésois), Indre-et-Loire (Tourangeau) and Maine-et-Loire (Saumurois), the old provinces as well as the new territories, nature is rich, rare, diverse… beautiful! This is why these various natural or semi-natural sites of great heritage value, through the exceptional flora and fauna they contain, have allowed this classification.
These exceptional landscapes stretch over 280 kilometers between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes-sur-Loire. Over the seasons, the show evolves, changes, embellishes the buildings and the men who live there. Between hillside villages, royal cities, famous vineyards, this jewel is a feast for the eyes!
Result of its natural heritage but also of the work of men, the Loire Valley is a territory with gastronomy rich in flavors. Good products are plentiful! From its market garden produce excellent fruits and vegetables such as asparagus, lamb's lettuce, apples and pears ... The Loire offers excellent fish such as pike perch and pike. The coast is full of good fish and seafood. The pastures are fatty and feed quality meats such as Géline de Touraine or Rouge des Prés. Delicious and renowned cheese treasures delight our taste buds: Curé Nantais, Sainte Maure de Touraine, Selles-sur-Cher ... Even in its troglodyte cellars which house vast mushroom houses, the Loire Valley is full of excellent products, Atlantic and remarkable. .. products enhanced by local condiments, such as saffron, Guérande salt or Orleans vinegar.
But traditions remain present to enhance spaces, if the capitals of the Loire are proud of the heritage of the past, the Loire Valley also lives in the present. This art of living so characteristic carries us, marvelously combining cultural, natural and gastronomic heritage. Between "UNESCO heritage", "most beautiful villages of France" or "small cities of character", picturesque villages, magical landscapes, unique architectures offer us the best to live the most beautiful experiences.
So go find out for a weekend, a longer stay, or, why not yet, for a festive event! And to fully enjoy it, you have several choices: the traditional boat ride, the canoe excursion, the fishing or ... the balloon flight for a magical overview of the Loire Valley.