2. Château de Saumur
Crossing the Loire into Saumur for the first time the sight of the château rising above the Loire is one that will stick with you.
Dominating the skyline from a ridge this landmark started out as fortress in the 900s.
Later, René of Anjou converted it into his plush “Château d’Amour” in the 1400s and the design hasn’t changed much since then.
The building has been covered with scaffolding for restoration these last couple of years, closing off a lot of the interior.
You can still come for the sweeping panorama of Saumur and the Loire, and to duck inside for the decorative arts museum, which follows.