ZooParc de Beauval

The Loire Valley

One of Europe's most beautiful zoos, the ZooParc de Beauval is home to an incredible 600 species, including France's only giant pandas and their baby, Yuan Meng, born here in August 2017. The zoo is 45km due south of Blois.

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1. Château de Montrésor

9.54 MILES

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2. Château de Montpoupon

9.95 MILES

Idyllically situated amid rolling countryside near Céré-la-Ronde, this turreted château, furnished by the family in the late 19th and early 20th centuries…

3. Caves Monmousseau

9.96 MILES

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4. Château de Chenonceau

14.33 MILES

Spanning the languid Cher River atop a graceful arched bridge, Chenonceau is one of France's most elegant châteaux. It's hard not to be moved and…

5. Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire

17.73 MILES

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6. Les Secrets de Moulinsart

18.08 MILES

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7. Château de Cheverny

18.1 MILES

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8. Logis Royal

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At the northern end of the Cité Royale stands the royal residence of Charles VII and his successors, originally built as a medieval fortress but later…