Just 15 km from Tours and not far from the Chateaux of the Loire Valley, Saint-Pierre-des-Corps is for many a key crossroads. This important knot of communication, the train station for the LGV Atlantique, is a changover point for journeys from Paris to Nantes, Bordeaux and Toulouse. If you're planning to travel to Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, rather than hopping onto your connecting train, stay a while and explore the "Valley of Kings", the Loire Valley, with its renowned vineyards and magnificent chateaux which are known all internationally.
In Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, follow the railway theme and check out the Saint-Pierre-des-Corps steam engine, the mighty Pacific 231. If you're here with the family, the kids will love learning all about this historic steam train and its adventures in the olden days… Get the feel of the area with a walk along the Banks of the Loire in Saint-Pierre-des-Corps or for the truly adventurous, you can climb the Touraine Escalade. The Loire Valley is also ideal for keen golfers, cyclists and horse-riders.
The kids will love the Zooparc de Beauval, one of the best wildlife parks in Europe.
All around Saint-Pierre-des-Corps you will find an astonishingly rich and varied cultural heritage. A large part of the Loire Valley itself is listed as a Unesco world heritage monument.
You'll find a total of 59 historic places to visit here in the Touraine region: too many to list, but all are worth a visit so choose carefully.
Start with the must-see monuments: the Château de Chambord is the largest and most splendid château in the Loire, reflecting the splendour of France's royal past. The Renaissance elegance of the Château de Chenonceau is not to be missed: sitting upon arches across the waters of the Cher, it is stunning and quite unique. Discover the elegant mistresses of this château in the waxwork museum: Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Médicis, Louise de Lorraine, Gabrielle d’Estrées, Madame Dupin who welcomed the young Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Madame Pelouze. The Château Royal de Blois was the favourite residence of the Kings of France in Renaissance times. The Château de Beauregard, the Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire (which hosts the splendid Chaumont Gardens Festival), the Manoir du Clos Lucé (dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci who lived here), the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau or "Sleeping Beauty's Castle" and the Château and gardens of Villandry are a handful of the places that will surely enchant all the family.
And don't forget to taste the wines of the region: Anjou blanc, Bourgueil, Chinon, Cabernet de Saumur, Coteaux du Layon, Crémant de Loire, Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire, Touraine Amboise, and Vouvray are some of the best wines which are grown in the Loire Valley.
Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, serves as a junction between nature and history.
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