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Indre-et-Loire, it's not often that you hear about it. And yet, this department has a lot to going on. Located in the Center-Val de Loire region, it has witnessed many historical and political changes, as indicated by its well-known provinces and cities: Touraine, Anjou, Richelieu, Saumur ... it's establishment as a department goes back to the French Revolution. Following the defeat of Waterloo in 1815, the Prussians occupied the department until November 1818. In 1840, the Royal Court of Orleans had the authority over the department. Finally, in 1840, the department will be half occupied by the Germans and thus cut in half. Initially monarchical, the territory will eventually become Republican, with radical socialist tendencies, for a return to the moderate left since 1995. You will have plenty of time to learn more about the local history of the Kings of France especially since it's rich and exciting. For those who want to enjoy nature, the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Park is ideal. More than 200 species of birds are gathered there, as well as many sought after mammals and migratory fish: the beaver of Europe, the shad, the salmon ... Its architectural heritage is interesting too, with the presence of numerous castles: Saumur, Montsoreau, Villandry, Ussé, Chinon, Langeais, Azay-le-Rideau. Finally, within the Maison du Parc, you can discover the history of the people, also called "gens de peu", their way of life, their trades ... Finally, you can enjoy walks along (or on) the Loire, hills, plains, plateaus ... And to assist you in your journey, our campsites are there for you: comfort, luxury and accessibility being their values, you will be able to rest completely, while prolonging your stay thanks to an affordable price. The Castles of the Loire and the city of Touraine will undoubtedly seduce you, as much by their natural beauty as their architectural one.
Retrace the history of the kings of France, Louis XVI, Louis XIV, but also the famous inventors and artists, such as Leonardo da Vinci, or even historical figures such as Joan of Arc, by visiting the mythical castles of the Loire. In Amboise, discover the residence of François I and Charles VII: with its underground, its cavalier tower, its chapel, the sepulcher of the famous Leonardo da Vinci, its gardens, its Gothic style furniture, you will definitely be charmed ... And this is just one of the many castles to visit: also enjoy the castles of Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceau, Chinon, the Clos Lucé, Villandry, Loches, Ussé ... Discover the influences of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, as well as life at different eras. You will learn the history of France as you have never did before.
It is nicknamed as such because of the traditional implantation of parks and gardens since the Renaissance, Touraine has not lost any of its splendor. Each castle has superb parks and gardens. In Villandry, stroll through the majestic French gardens, which give way to several landscapes: water garden, sun, garden of simples ... And enjoy the Nuits des Mille Feux to visit the gardens by candlelight. Gaze at a contemporary garden in Rivau, the orange trees at Château Gaillard, the Italian terraces in Valmer, the Richelieu Park ....