A few weeks ago I wrote about UK castles, so today I’ll continue on that theme and write about castles in France. There are well over 1,000 castles in France in various conditions from some that are still inhabited to others that are a pile of ruins. They are all interesting to visit and have intriguing histories, but be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, since most are massive in size.
The Palace of Versailles is one of the most famous and is located only 9 miles from Paris. Built in the early 1600s as a hunting lodge, this property grew overtime as various inhabitants added additional buildings.
Bikes are available for rent and are a good option for visiting the gardens and other buildings on the property.
You will find an abundance of castles in the Loire Valley including one of my favorites, Château de Chenonceau. This beautiful castle is built over the River Cher, and dates back to the early 1500s.
The kitchens are particularly interesting to see. In addition, there are beautiful gardens and a donkey park.
Chateau d’Angers is a huge fortress that dates back to the 9th century. This massive fortress overlooks the River Maine and has seventeen towers. It is the home of the famous Apocalyptic Tapestries.
Château de Blois is another beautiful site to see. Built is 1214, this ornate chateau is in a lovely location that has nice views of Blois and the Loire River.
TheTravelersketcher looking royal.
The Loire Valley is dotted with castles in various conditions.
I have barley scratched the surface with the few castles I have mentioned here. Maybe someday soon I will live in France and will see many more.
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