Loire valley UNESCO world heritage

www.valdeloire.org

This is the official website for Val de Loire, and it’s dedicated to bringing you tourist and travel information to Loire.  The site features several different types of information, including help on planning a visit to Loire Valley, a blog that gives you an inside look at some areas of Loire, and a calendar of events.

As far as content on the website goes, there’s an important thing to note before you dive right in: the site often changes from English to French.  This can be somewhat annoying, and what’s even worse is that it’s very easy to miss the small “English” language button located in the upper right hand of the site.  If you end up on a French page, just click this to change all content back to English.

There are some beautiful photos you can browse, plus you can visit Val de Loire’s flickr page (a photo sharing site) to see more.  The website also features several different videos.  Some of these include interviews or commentary that is in French, of course, but you can still get an idea of what the area is like.  For example, one of the videos includes some absolutely breathtaking images of Loire castles, chateaux, and other scenery. 

The website does feature information on the culture of Loire, the landscape, tourism, and more.  While a lot of this information is interesting, especially if you’re interested in the history of Loire, there’s not a lot here that’s really useful for anyone wanting to know what to do in Loire valley.  There is good information on the area’s tourism policy that is certainly worth reading, and there are some good links to other sites.  The cultural tours section does have some good content, but it’s fairly limited in that it doesn’t discuss restaurants, hotels, or events.

It’s important to note that there are some things on the site that have no English translation, including some of the blog entries and video reviews.  However, most of the site can be translated into English, and there is some useful information here.  It’s not very in-depth, though, and overall, you’re probably better off browsing another site if you really want to see what Loire has to offer.