Visit the Loire Valley and its famous Castles…
Villa Alecya is ideally located for visiting the Loire Valley Castles: Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau, Ussé (Sleeping Beauty's castle), Villandry, Langeais, Amboise, Clos-Lucé - to name just a few of the most famous - are all less than 40 minutes from the Villa, and in less than an hour you can reach all the castles, from Chambord to Saumur!
Marvel in the beautiful parks of the Loire Valley
Loire Valley is renowned for its castles but also for the sublime parks created for the pleasure of the eyes and senses: Villandry's French gardens, the International Garden Festival of Chaumont-sur-Loire, Château du Rivau's enchanted gardens, Amboise Castle's "hanging" gardens are among the most beautiful in the world: if you like the art of gardens do not miss these visits!
Discover the charming towns and villages of Touraine
Chinon, Royal Cities of Loches and Amboise, Montrésor - ranked 2nd favorite village of the French people in 2015, Chédigny - the only village in France labeled "Remarkable Garden" -, Crissay-sur-Manse or Candes St-Martin which are part of "France's most beautiful villages", but also the old center of Tours are all worth… a "detour"!
And the vineyards of course!
Chinon, Vouvray, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Montlouis-sur-Loire, Touraine Noble-Joué… these famous "appellations" also make the charm of Touraine and when you go to discover them you will drive by the small roads in the middle of vineyards that make the charm of our landscapes.
Would you like some more culture?
Touraine has always been a breeding ground for art and artists, so do not be surprised that Balzac has its museum at Château de Saché, Rabelais at La Devinière, Léonard de Vinci at Clos-Lucé, Ronsard at Prieuré de St- Cosmes, Rodin and Camille Claudel at Château de l'Islette or Descartes at… Descartes!
The Loire Valley is also the “Valley of the Kings” and the Center of France's History: Chenonceau and its Queens, Chinon its Dauphin and Jeanne d'Arc, Amboise and François 1er, Loches' Cité Royale, Richelieu City of the Cardinal - Immerse yourself in History and the Arts!
To discover also…
Not far from Villa Alecya you will find two major tourist spots: the Futuroscope (40 minutes by car), and Beauval Zoo, ranked among 5 most beautiful zoos in the world.