The Rough Guide to Loire Valley is your essential guide to the "garden of France". Discover the spectacular ch?teaux of Chenonceau to the glorious cathedral of Chatres, the full colour section gives a real sense of the best this bourgeois paradise has on offer. Get clued-up… all the practical information you need for exploring the cultural landscape, sampling the regions wine, cycling and hot air ballooning, plus special tips on keeping the kids happy. Comprehensive reviews of where to find the finest cuisine, drink, and stay in all price ranges, plus the brand new "Authors' Pick" feature will highlight the very best options. The guide also takes an informed look at the region's rich history, fine wine and festivals and comes complete with maps and plans for every area.