1 Geography and climate 2 Wine 3 Culture 4 Architecture 5 References 6 External links
Geography and climate
The valley includes historic towns such as Amboise, Angers, Blois,
Chinon, Montsoreau, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours.
The climate is favorable most of the year, the river often acting as a
line of demarcation in France's weather between the northern climate
and the southern. The river has a significant effect on the
mesoclimate of the region, adding a few degrees of temperature. The
climate can be cool with springtime frost while wine harvest months
may have rain. Summers are hot; however, influences from the
Month Jan Feb March Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Year
Average minimum temperature (°C) 2.1 2.2 3.9 5.6 8.9 11.8 13.6 13.4 11.3 8.4 4.6 2.8 7.4
Average temperature (°C) 5 5.7 8.2 10.4 13.9 16.2 19.2 19.1 16.5 12.7 8 5.6 11.8
Average maximum temperature (°C) 7.9 9.2 12.6 15.3 19 22.6 24.9 24.7 21.8 17 11.4 8.4 16.2
Average monthly rainfall (mm) 62.1 50.8 51.7 44.6 54.4 41.2 43.8 44.9 52.2 59.6 64.5 63.4 63.4
Monthly hours of sunshine (hour/month) 70 92 141 179 201 234 248 237 191 129 89 65 1877
Château de Valençay
On December 2, 2000,
The Château de Chambord
The architectural heritage in the valley's historic towns is notable,
especially its châteaux, such as the Château de Montsoreau, Château
d'Amboise, Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, Château de Chambord, Château
de Chinon, Château du Rivau, Château d'Ussé, Château de Villandry
and Chenonceau. The châteaux, numbering more than three hundred,
represent a nation of builders starting with the necessary castle
fortifications in the 10th century to the splendour of those built
half a millennium later. When the French kings began constructing
their huge châteaux here, the nobility, not wanting or even daring to
be far from the seat of power, followed suit. Their presence in the
lush, fertile valley began attracting the very best landscape
designers. In addition to its many châteaux, the cultural monuments
illustrate to an exceptional degree the ideals of the
^ a b Tockner, Klement; Uehlinger, Urs; Robinson, Christopher T.
(2009). Rivers of Europe. Academic Press. p. 183.
ISBN 978-0-12-369449-2. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
^ Williams, Nicola; Boone, Virginie (1 May 2002). The Loire. Lonely
Planet. pp. 7–10. ISBN 978-1-86450-358-6. Retrieved 12
^ "Loire Valley". hall.org. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
^ J. Robinson (ed.) The Oxford Companion to Wine, Third Edition pp.
408–410, Oxford University Press, 2006. ISBN 0-19-860990-6
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Loire Valley.
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Palace and Park of Versailles Fontainebleau Palace and Park Paris: Banks of the Seine Provins
Amiens Cathedral Belfries of Belgium and France1 Bourges Cathedral Champagne hillsides, houses and cellars Chartres Cathedral Climats and terroirs of Burgundy Reims: Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Abbey of Saint-Remi, Palace of Tau Abbey of Fontenay Le Havre Vézelay Church and hill
Belfries of Belgium and France1 Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
Great Saltworks of
Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe
Episcopal city, Albi Port of the Moon, Bordeaux Prehistoric sites and decorated caves of the Vézère valley Pyrénées – Mont Perdu2 Saint-Émilion
Chauvet Cave Lyon
Roman and Romanesque monuments, Arles Carcassonne citadel Gulf of Porto: Calanches de Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble, Avignon Bridge Pont du Gard Orange: Roman Theatre and environs, Triumphal Arch
The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
Canal du Midi
Fortifications of Vauban
Overseas departments and territories
Lagoons of New Caledonia Pitons, cirques and remparts of Réunion Taputapuātea
1Shared locally with other region/s and with Belgium 2Shared with Spain 3Shared with Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland
Coordinates: 47°23′56″N 0°42′10″E / 47.39889°N 0.70278°E /