Loire Valley Tourism

www.loirevalleytourism.com

If you’re planning a trip to Loire Valley, there are many different ways to gather information.  One of those ways is the Loire Valley Tourism.  This website features many different things you can do in Loire Valley, where to stay, where to eat, and much more.  You can even use their online booking system to arrange your entire holiday with just a few mouse clicks.

The site is divided into three sections: Discover, Get Organised, and Book Your Holiday.  The Discover section is where you’ll find information about Loire Valley.  They have a great amount of content for both the one-day adventurer and those looking to spend more time in Loire Valley.  If you’re dropping by the valley for a day, you’ll find tips on some of the top sites to see.  If you plan on staying for a weekend, they’ve also got some great excursion ideas that take a little more time.  The site highlights areas like the valley’s lakes, its beautiful gardens, its local art, and, of course, its great vineyards and wineries.



Once you’ve looked through all that Loire has to offer, you can move on to the Get Organised section.  Here, you’ll find information about Loire restaurants, hotels, youth hostels, and more.  They also have information about touring certain sites in Loire, including Loire chateaux, old medieval fortresses, and cathedrals.  A list of activities, excursions, and local events rounds out the section.

Finally, you can make use of the Book Your Holiday feature to actually get your holiday reserved.  The site has a number of different packages, such as the Chateaux and Wines tour, a canoeing and biking excursion tour, and even a hot air balloon and wine adventure.  You can always search their holiday offerings by area, duration, and even price, which makes it very easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.

The website has a few other nice features.  You can check the weather in Loire Valley, download some of their travel brochures, and subscribe to their newsletter to get updates about events and travel to Loire.  All in all, this is a very informative site that has a lot to offer anyone who is thinking of taking a trip to Loire Valley.

Loire Valley Wines

www.loirevalleywine.com

Loire Valley is known for its wines, and many people travel to the area yearly to visit the valley’s wineries and purchase their wine.  If you’re thinking of taking a trip to Loire for its wines, then you will probably want to do a bit of research before you go.  To help you with that research, this site has a good amount of information on Loire wine, including where to find it, when wine events occur, and more.

As you would expect from the website name, it focuses only on Loire wineries and wine-related events, so if you want a more well-rounded idea of what to do in Loire, this isn’t the website for you.  However, if all you’re interested in is the wines, you’ve got a great amount of information right at your fingertips.  The site spends some time discussing the history of Loire Valley wines, including the different types of wines that are available.  They have a very comprehensive list of the different wines available (and there are dozens of them).  Each type of wine has its own section that explains where it’s made, gives a bit of its history, and more.  Note that some of these wine information pages are actually from other websites, so not all of the content has been done by the same people.  This means some of the pages may not be as informative as others.



You’ll also find a great amount of information about the various regions of Loire, again focused on wine, of course.  You can even take a few virtual tours of the area via a Google Earth Tour and a YouTube video.  On their events page, the site lists many different wine shows at which you can find a Loire Valley wine promoter.  When combined with their where to buy section, which links to a number of wine searches, you can easily find Loire wine in your area.  Of course, nothing beats actually traveling to Loire, and the site has a section with information for those who want to visit the valley.  Like the where to buy area, it’s really nothing more than links, but that can still be very helpful.

Chateaux of the Loire Valley

http://www.chateaux-de-la-loire.fr/

Loire valley is home to a number of different restaurants, chateaux, leisure activities, and museums.  If you’re planning a trip to Loire, reading a site like this is one great way of learning about the various things to do and places to see in the area.  This site focuses mainly on Loire chateaux, including where to find them, what features they have, and more. 

Their list of Loire chateaux is fairly comprehensive as far as names and phone numbers go.  However, the site doesn’t feature websites, pictures, or guide opinions for at least half of the Loire chateaux they list.  This means you may have to make several international phone calls to get information about these Lore valley chateaux and other places to stay.  Also note that some of the chateaux are not open year round; however, the site does mark the ones that are.

If you’re into sports and leisure, you’ll find a few things to do in Loire valley.  The Loire sports leisure section of the website gives you information on a golf course in Loire, as well as information on a park you can visit while you’re there.  They include phone numbers, the closes chateaux, and the location.



Looking for places to eat?  The website lists a few different Loire restaurants.   They break these restaurants down by category so you can easily find the type of food you want; however, there are only a handful of restaurants for each category, and there are many a dozen listed overall.  This is one section of the site that could definitely use some improvement since there just isn’t that much information. 

This is, in fact, the biggest drawback to this website.  While it appears to have a lot of information, there are a lot of sections that are lacking.  There just isn’t much content regarding leisure, culture, shows, restaurants, and other things.  While the list of Loire chateaux is very nice and certainly useful if you’re looking to visit one, the rest of the site just isn’t that useful.  If you’re looking for a more general site on Loire, this site isn’t for you.