Looming on a rocky escarpment on the northern bank of the Loire, Blois' historic château (formerly the feudal seat of the powerful counts of Blois) provides a whistle-stop tour through the key periods of French history and architecture. Blois suffered heavy bombardment during WWII, and the modern-day town is mostly the result of postwar reconstruction. The twisting streets of the old town give some idea of how Blois might have looked to its medieval inhabitants.
Blois destination guides
Chateaux of the Loire on Foot
A walking adventure to discover the chateaux, vineyards and forests of the Loire Valley
Loire Valley Cycle
Visit the vineyards and chateaux of the Loire valley