Valley of the Kings -
For a great day out you can discover the enchanting chateaux that line the river Loire. Many have been restored to their former regal glory. Famous castles in the area include chateau d'Amboise, Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau, Langeais, Villandry and Azay-le-Ferron. Most are within an hours drive, the furthest (chateau de Chambord) is an easy 1 hour 30 minutes drive.
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You will taste with happiness the local specialties, like goat's cheese from Sainte-Maure, the potted pork called Rillettes, or the famous little black chicken, La Geline.
And not forgetting alongside its Vouvray, Chinon and Bourgueil wines, Touraine boasts nine appellations d'origine controllee (AOC), including Sasnieres and Montlouis.
Cycling - meandering across country lanes and along quiet tree lined roads, the cycling is gentle with only the occasional hill to get the blood flowing. Or Brenne Nature Park offers many off-road biking tracks.
Casino - for those who enjoy a little roulette, black jack or poker...
La-Roche-Posay is just 24km away.
Golf - an 18 hole golf course can be found in La-Roche-Posay just 20 mins south. The course designed by Jean Garaialde is aimed at players of all levels. The course is slightly undulating, has narrow fairways lined with pine and oak, around a pond of 3 acres.
Hiking - stroll Touraine Footpath No. 6 - this is a Tourist Board approved walking path which starts in Le-Grand-Pressigny and rambles for 8.3 kilometres. Or Brenne Nature Parc offers 20 pathways from 3 to 24 kms long.
Fishing - a variety of landscapes from our local lake to streams and rivers make it possible to practice all types of fishing.
Museums - Nearby is the chateau de Le-Grand-Pressigny with the Museum of Prehistory, which makes it an interesting place to visit. Famous French philosopher, Rene Descartes was born in 1596 in a village (now named Descartes) a short distance away and his house is now a museum. Balzac Museum celebrates famous writer Honore Balzac who wrote several books at the Chateau de Sache. Château du Clos Lucé is where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life.
Swimming Pool - Municipal pool and paddling pool at Le Grand-Pressigny (7km). Open from 3rd July to 31st August. Times 10:30 to 12:30 / closed for lunch / open 15:30 to 19:30. Swim briefs are mandatory for male swimmers, i.e. no boardshorts. Tel: 02.47.94.91.33
Zoo - the animal and nature reserve of Haute-Touche at Obterre is the largest zoo in France. Located in the Brenne National park, it has over a hundred hectares open to the public; home to more than 1,000 animals with more than 100 species. This zoo is not like the average zoo. It is calm, non-commercial (although they do have a café and a place to buy ice creams!), it's about seeing the animals in a more natural environment.
The Loire Valley enjoys a temperate climate.
In mid to late-June, you'll find that daylight lasts until almost 11 pm!
Summers are long and warm. Some days in July and August are likely to be in the mid-30’s
Typically you can expect daytime temperatures to hit between 15 to 23 degrees in May, June, and September.
Early October and November often stays in that range, but can dip below 15 degrees. April is a transition month.
December through March are cold and the temperature can drop below freezing, which is why we are closed.
Of course, we can't promise anything about the weather, but you can have a great time even if conditions turn out to be a little warmer, colder, or wetter than usual, as long as you bring suitable clothing.