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La Loire Hellio et Van Ingen

A legendary river

The Loire, a legendary river listed as World Heritage by UNESCO

The Loire, a legendary river listed as World Heritage by UNESCO

Europe's last untamed river, the Loire has always fascinated by its unexplained caprices: in turn calm and savage, it has carved out a line in the earth full of surprises, from green islets to moving sandbanks.

In 2000, UNESCO gave official recognition to the Loire Valley for its architectural heritage combined with its exceptional unspoilt nature. It is France's biggest UNESCO-listed site, 280 km long and stretching from Sully-sur-Loire in the Loiret to Chalonnes-sur-Loire in Anjou. It can be experienced in the water, from the air, on foot or by bike, always with the Loire for company - the river with such a strong character.


  

Ecluse du Mantelot
Chaumont-sur-Loire

To find out more, go to www.valdeloire.org


The Loire by bike: www.loire-a-velo.fr

The loire in pictures