Best Castles in France
The kings of France’s descendants wait patiently for the day when they can return to the throne. Meanwhile, what better activity to undertake than going on a voyage of discovery of the most beautiful castles of France.
There are hundreds of castles in France, some classed as the most beautiful castles in Europe. Yet, the best known are not necessarily the most beautiful. And you, what is your favourite castle? Once you have decided, book your flights and accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in France.
The Palace of Versailles
During your stay in Paris you simply must not miss a visit to one of the most famous castles in the world, the Palace of Versailles.
Book your ticket with audio-guide and transfers from your hotel or a guided tour of Versailles by bike and discover this exceptional palace, its famous park, its Hall of Mirrors and take a walk in the footsteps of the greatest kings of France, Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI.
Where to stay: "Waldorf Astoria Versailles - Trianon Palace" located opposite the Chateau de Versailles.
Castle of Val
Lanobre - Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region
This is not the most famous castle in France, nor is it the most visited and yet it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful.
Built on a rock in the thirteenth century and surrounded by a gigantic park today covered by an artificial lake, the Castle of Val Auvergne is reminiscent of Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland. Although this castle stands on the town of "Lanobre", it now belongs to the neighbouring town of "Bort-les-Orgues" which manages the artificial lake and the hydraulic dam. The area is beautiful and this castle is truly exceptional.
Opening hours: The castle is open to the public every day of the week, from 10am to 6pm.
How to get there: Book your flights to Clermont Ferrand Auvergne airport (1h20 min by car) as well as your accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Auvergne, such as a “3-day driving tour around the volcanoes of Auvergne”.
Where to stay: "Chateau De Val" is located in Lanobre and offers a restaurant.
Centre Val de Loire Region
Located just 40 minutes from the airport "Tours-Val de Loire", Chaumont-sur-Loire Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in France.
Founded in the 10th century by Odo I, Count of Blois, it has had a turbulent history. King Louis XI burned the castle after a quarrel with the owners of the time, the Amboise family. A few years later, the king's anger having abated, the family was able to rebuild the castle. It now belongs to the French State and is open to the public every day of the week from 10h to 18h.
Come and discover this exceptional castle by reserving your flights and your accommodation at the best price as well as your tours and activities in Loire Region, such as a fabulous day in the Loire Valley visiting its gorgeous castles.
How to get there: Book your flights to Tours (40 min by car).
Where to stay: "Maison d'hote La Jacquière" located just a 10-minute walk from "Château de Chaumont".
Castle Comtal of Carcassonne
Carcassonne - Languedoc Region
The castle of Carcassonne is one of the most famous and most beautiful castles of France. A 1-hour drive from Toulouse airport and 50 minutes from Perpignan airport, Carcassonne is a must-see destination for travellers wishing to discover the most beautiful medieval towns in Europe and the most beautiful castles in Europe. It is often described as "the Castle of Carcassonne", but its real name is "Castle Comtal of Carcassonne" (Count’s Castle).
Where to stay: Pamper yourself like a star by booking your room at the "Hotel de la Cité & Spa". You will sleep in a medieval style castle inside the ramparts of Carcassonne.
Chambord - Centre Val de Loire
Chambord Castle is one of the most visited monuments in France. Hundreds of thousands of travellers come to discover the architectural secrets and the history of one of the most beautiful castles in France. It is a traditional castle yet modern as it still hosts major events and celebrities such as DJ Carl Cox for special evenings.
Located 20 minutes from the beautiful city of Blois and 2 hours from Paris, Chambord Castle can be visited during your stay in Paris. Many tour operators offer guided tours with transport from Paris.
Book your hotel at the best price in Paris or close to the Château de Chambord and your best tours and activities in France, such as a "Small-group Loire Valley Castles full-day tour from Paris".
Opening hours: The Château de Chambord is open every day of the week from 9am to 5pm.
How to get there: Book your flights to Paris (2h by car).
Where to stay: "Relais de Chambord" situated a 5-minute walk from Château de Chambord.
Castle des Milandes
Castelnaud-la-Chapelle - Dordogne
You have selected this Château as one of the most beautiful castles in France. The Château des Milandes belonged to one of the best American singers who lived in France, the famous Josephine Baker.
An hour's drive from Bergerac Dordogne Perigord Airport, the Chateau des Milandes is located in the town of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in the Dordogne department. This XV century castle was the residence of the Lords of Caumont but has been owned over the centuries by different families including a wealthy industrialist who made a fortune in women's lingerie.
Josephine Baker was the first to open her castle to visitors as she wanted it to be a welcoming place, for the public to enjoy. She adopted 12 children all of different nationality and they grew up here.
Opening hours: It is open to visitors every day of the week from 9h to 18h.
How to get there: Book your flights to Bergerac Airport (1h by car).
Where to stay: Book your hotel at the best price near the castle. Travellers especially appreciate the exceptional setting of the hotel "La Tour de Cause" with a restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool.
Chenonceaux - Centre Val-de-Loire Region
The Château de Chenonceau is located in the Centre Val-de-Loire region which houses the most beautiful castles in France.
Only a 40 minutes’ drive from Tours - Loire Valley airport, this castle is visited every year by hundreds of thousands of travellers from all over the world. It is part of the famous "Castles of the Loire" but its particuliarity is that it was built, decorated and renovated by women.
From Katherine Briçonnet in the sixteenth century to Madame Pelouze after the French Revolution, the castle has gone through different styles. The famous Catherine de Medicis also gave her personal touch to this castle. Discover all its secrets by booking your flights and your hotel at the best price.
Opening hours: It is open every day of the week from 9h to 18h30.
How to get there: Book your flights to Tours Airport (40 min by car).
Where to stay: Book your room at the "Château de Paradis", classified as a historical monument and enjoy a breakfast of delicious regional products.
Castle of the Dukes of Brittany
Nantes - Normandy
Normandy is one of the most visited regions of France. Nantes is a city both rich in history but also a very trendy destination with a large cultural offer and many events throughout the year.
The castle of the Dukes of Brittany is unmissable. Built in the late Middle Ages by Duke Francis II and his daughter, Anne of Brittany, it is located in the heart of the city of Nantes.
Make sure you also visit the inner courtyard of the castle (it's free). The entrance ticket to the castle will give you access to the museum dedicated to the history of the city.
Where to stay: If you want to sleep closer to the castle, book at the best price at "Okko Hotels Nantes Château".
Azay le Rideau Castle
Centre Val de Loire Region
The Centre-Val de Loire region is a very beautiful region of France famous for the Châteaux of the Loire Valley.
The Château d'Azay-le-Rideau was built on an island in the Indre River under the patronage of King Francis the First. You must go there to understand the history of this castle which passed into the hands of many families before being bought by the French State in 1905.
Come and discover this Château described by the writer Balzac as a “multi-faceted diamond" by reserving your accommodation at the best price.
Opening hours: The castle is open from 9:30 to 18h every day of the week.
How to get there: Book your flights for Paris (3h by car) or Tours Airport (30min).
Where to stay: "Hôtel Grand Monarque" is a former coaching inn just 150 metres from the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau.
Josselin - Morbihan
Just 30 minutes by car from Vannes airport and 1 hour from Rennes airport, Josselin castle, located in the town of Josselin in Brittany, is one of the most beautiful castles in France.
Built in the fifteenth century, it almost disappeared in the seventeenth century by order of Richelieu who wanted to remove all the castles that did not belong to the royal family.
Opening hours: This imposing medieval castle is open from 11h to 18h every day of the week.
How to get there: Bok your flights to Vannes (30 min) or Rennes (1h)
Where to stay: 10 kilometres from the castle of Josselin, treat yourself to a relaxing weekend in beautiful surroundings by booking your room at the "Le Domaine de la Ferrière" located in the heart of Brittany. Enjoy its swimming pool and gardens and discover the French culinary specialties of its restaurant.
Castle of Ussé
La Chapelle sur Loire - Central Loire Valley Region
This is one of your favourite castles in France. Also known as "Sleeping Beauty Castle", this is one of the famous "Châteaux de la Loire". It is located just 30 kilometres from the Tours airport.
Book your activities and tours in the Loire Region such as a "Small-group Loire Valley Castles Full-day Tour from Paris".
How to get there: Book your flights to Tours Airport (30 min by car).
Where to stay: "Hôtel Grand Monarque" is a former coaching inn just 13 km from the Castle of Ussé.
Sully-sur-Loire - Centre Val de Loire Region
The region "Centre Val-de-Loire" is the region to visit for castle lovers. Only 30 minutes by car from the Loiret airport and 2 hours from Paris, the Château de Sully-sur-Loire is one of the most beautiful castles in France.
It is not the most visited but it is nevertheless one of the most beautiful. Book your flights for Tours Val-de-Loire airport and your accommodation at the best price guaranteed. Also book your tours & activities in Loire region, such as a "Loire Valley Castles and Wines day trip from Paris".
Opening hours: The castle is open every day of the week except Mondays.
How to get there: Book your flights for Loire Airport (30 min by car) or Paris (2h).
Where to stay: The "Hotel La Closeraie" offers a garden and a terrace and is located just 500 metres from the Château de Sully-sur-Loire.
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