Travel to France Loire valley: Chenonceau Castle
Known as the "Ladies Castle" in the Loire valley
Chateau de Chenonceau in the Loire valley in France is another amazing castle which was built in the Renaissance style and now carefully restored. Nestled on the shore of the Cher River, visitors are amazed by its architecture and beautiful gardens. Because women were also involved in its construction, it is often referred to as the “Ladies castle”. The property consists of the chateau itself, a gallery across the river and a tower known as Tour des Marques guarding the entrance. It will take you more or less an hour to visit the chateau and another hour to explore the grounds.
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It is a Fairy Tale Castle
Inside the chateau are impressive salons, chambers, original oil paintings, staircases, fireplaces, furniture and carvings. Each room in the castle is carefully decorated with flowers. Evidence of the chateau’s rich history is visible throughout the interior, including its 16th and 17th century tapestries.
After visiting the chateau, take a walk through the stunning gardens. There are two gardens. The formal, colourful landscaped garden of Queen Catherine de Medici, complements the elegance of the chateau and is in complete harmony with its architecture. Pink roses, white bignonias, small fountains and fine trees will take your breath away.
The second formal garden of Diane de Poitiers, mistress of Henry II, is also worth a visit. Make sure you know the history of the feud between Catherine and Diane over this castle before your visit, as it will make your visit more interesting.
The long tree lined entrance leads you to the chateau, which can be described as “Fairy Tale”. The gardens are lit in the evenings while soft music creates a romantic atmosphere. No wonder it is considered one of the most romantic castles in the Loire valley. Make sure not to miss a bottle of wine as the Loire valley wine region is also renowned for its wines.
You can also have lunch at the L’Orangerie restaurant but it can be difficult to get a table because of all the tourists visiting the chateau.
Avoid coming during high season as this is the second most visited chateau in the Loire valley. It is also much quieter in the afternoons than in the morning.