The Loire Valley

Rochemenier is one of the region's best examples of troglodyte culture. You can explore the remains of two adjacent farmsteads, complete with dwellings, stables and a chapel, that were originally excavated to provide lime fertilizer. A film and an interactive map of troglodytic sites around the world were added in 2017. The printed guide is available in 18 languages.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The Loire Valley attractions

1. Le Mystère des Faluns

3.38 MILES

Creative lighting and sound effects illustrating the origins of falun stone and its fossils turn the entire 600m walking route here, though ancient…

2. Troglodytes et Sarcophages

3.78 MILES

At this Merovingian-era mine, stone coffins were produced from the 5th to the 9th centuries and exported all over western France. Tours, in French with…

3. École Nationale d’Équitation

7.97 MILES

One of the world's premier equestrian academies, the prestigious French National Riding School is home to the Cadre Noir, an elite group of riding…

4. Pierre et Lumière

8.74 MILES

Tufa-stone sculptures of 20 of the Loire Valley's most famous monuments, from Tours' cathedral to the château at Amboise, are displayed in a former tufa…

5. Musée du Champignon


Get acquainted with some fabulous fungi at this mushroom museum, where you can see about a dozen varieties growing in glowing shades of orange, yellow,…

6. Langlois-Chateau

9.37 MILES

Founded in 1885, this winery specialises in Crémant de Loire (sparkling wine made using the Champagne-style méthode traditionelle) as well as non-bubbly…

7. Musée de la Cavalerie

10.23 MILES

Action-packed oil paintings, colourful but impractical uniforms, plumed helmets and old photos trace the history of France's cavalerie (cavalry) from 1445…

8. Église St-Pierre

10.56 MILES

Restored, cleaned and stabilised in 2016, this mostly 12th- and 13th-century church brings together Aquitaine-style Romanesque and Plantagenet (Anjou…