Down-streaming the Loire to explore its amazing chateaux
The Loire is the longest river in France at nearly 1000km. Its source is in the Massif Centrale and it flows out into the Atlantic ocean at St Nazaire. It’s always been a popular route for cyclists, and especially for people who like historic chateaux ! SUP/kayak is a new way of enjoying this well-trodden path, lifting the veil on new perspectives and enriching your whole river/chateaux experience!
The high point of the adventure for Laurent’s family was paddling around and under the stunning vaulted arches of the chateau of Chenonceau, which straddles part of the river. Nicknamed the “chateau des Dames”, the whiteness of the facades and smooth curves of its architecture make this a masterpiece of the Renaissance.
« Chenonceau is considered to be one of the most beautiful chateaux on the Loire. This is without doubt largely due to its beautiful location and the part of the chateau that crosses the river Cher, giving amazingly photogenic mirror effects. Happily, as paddlers you get by far the best view of all that from, on the water. This is a must-do thing if you’re anywhere nearby. » Laurent