Along almost 320 km crossing the Dunois and Vendômois regions before flinging itself into the Sarthe near Angers, the Loir flows through picturesque towns and villages city with the enchanting landscapes that it has fashioned over the centuries.
If you follow this itinerary, you will discover a valley that is particularly marked by the presence of artists and writers - castles, manor houses, abbeys, churches with Romanesque frescos, vineyards, varied fauna and flora.
We invite you to follow the tourist route through the Loir Valley, starting in Eure-and-Loir near Illiers-Combray, "The Combray of Marcel PROUST".
This village was immortalised by this author who spent part of his childhood here, and the memories of his aunt Léonie whose house today has become the Marcel Proust museum
Visit - : 02 37 24 30 97
Things to see as well: Church Saint-Jacques (15th century), the Pré Catelan - landscaped exotic garden. Nearby Mirougrain, Saint-Eman, Villebon.
Tourist Office - : 02 37 24 24 00
A peaceful mediaeval village surrounded by the Loir, this little place contains the ancient Benedictine abbey of Saint-Florentin founded in the 9th century.
On foot, on waterwith small boats or in a touristic train in summer, you will be able to discover its remains and wash houses shown to advantage at nightfall.
Nearby: Pelard's wooden pivoting windmill merits a detour
Visit from Easter to All Saints' Day, weekends and public holidays - : 02 37 96 31 08
Bonneval Discoveries - : 02 37 47 63 63 - www.ville-bonneval.eu
Continue towards Châteaudun in the direction of Montigny-le-Gannelon
This characterful village is dominated by a superb private château with its frontage modified in the 19th century overlooking the valle
French "Station Verte", former staging post on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, marks the end of the High Loir Valley which continues in the direction of Vendôme. Places to explore: Romanesque chapel Notre-Dame d’Yron containing 12th and 14th century frescos.
Nearby the Eco-Museum at Ferté Villeneuil - www.ecomuseevaldaigre.eu
Visit - : 02 37 44 15 58
Tourist Office - : 02 37 98 55 27 - www.ot-cloyescanton.fr