Châteaux for sale in the Loire Valley (Vallée de la Loire)
Whilst châteaux are present throughout the whole of France, they are most famously associated with the Loire Valley. The châteaux of the Loire valley are world renowned and in 2000 the area between Maine and Sully-sur-Loire was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The are more than 300 châteaux in the Loire Valley helping to make it one of the most significant areas of cultural importance in the World not just France.
The first châteaux in the region were built as fully-functioning castles. The French Royalty and upper classes were drawn to the area due to its proximity to Paris and its rich fertile land producing good quality wine and beautiful gardens. Over time many more châteaux were built and the Loire Valley became a more and more desirable location. This resulted in some of today's most imposing châteaux being built in the region, a region which today receives hundreds of thousands of tourists all looking to enjoy the splendor of these magnificent châteaux and the surrounding towns and villages.
If you ever wanted to live in a castle, the Loire Valley is château country and here you will see a Disneyland castle, a castle made just for love, a castle that Leonardo de Vinci frequented and castles with beautiful gardens. The lush Loire Valley was France's intellectual capital in the 13th century attracting artists, poets and troubadours for the fancy of the royalty, who built their many châteaux along the lovely rivers of the Loire.