The noble city of Blois is slap bang at the centre of the Loire Valley World Heritage Site, where you can hardly walk down the street without bumping into a renaissance châteaux.
But Blois is much more than a gateway to the region’s big sights, as it’s chock full of marvellous stately townhouses of its own.
Not to mention the Château de Blois, which is directly in the centre of the city and regarded as one of the unmissable palaces in the Loire Valley.
Dawdle along old stone streets, visit the fabulous Saturday market and get to know the Loire River, on the banks or in the water.
Lets explore the best things to do in Blois:
1. Château de Blois
In Blois you’re lucky to have one of the Loire Valley’s absolute must-see châteaux, in the middle of the city like any other attraction.
Seven kings and ten queens of France have lived at the Château de Blois, and the marvellous architecture will tell you all you need to know about the opulence of the French court in the renaissance.
The postcard image of the palace is the 16th-century Aile (wing) François I, feted for its majestic spiral staircase.
It’s impossible to capture all the intrigues, assassinations and plots staged at the château, but it’s more than enough to fill a period drama series!