In the very heart of France's Loire Valley and at the gateway to Sologne, the royal town of Blois is packed with animated streets, paved squares, boutique style lodging, restaurants and taverns. Blois is located halfway between Orleans and Tours on the north bank of the Loire. From a distance, you can see 200 and 300 year old villas, chalets and the characteristic white houses with red chimneys. The cathedral and the chateau are on separate hills and dominate the city.
Blois is located in the Loire Valley in idealic surroundings. Situated on the River Loire this town has many attractions including the Château de Blois which was home to French kings. The city of Blois is quite small and you can explore the centre easily on foot, only having to climb a few stairs. The main sights are, of course, the castle, with its staircase by Leonardo da Vinci, and the Maison de la Magie dedicated to the famous magician, scientist, and diplomat Houdin, just opposite. Between the two, there is a nice square with a few restaurants and terraces where you can sit and relax.
Blois is ideally located for visitors wishing to visit some of the most celebrated Chateaus in the region. Owner Direct Vacation Rentals will be happy to accommodate you (no pun intended) with vacation rentals and accommodations fit for a king in this most royal little city. Blois and the Loire Valley are blessed with an abundance of superior vacation rentals with many options to choose from, including, chalets, villa rentals, condo rentals, apartment rentals and even authentic little family sized farm house rentals.
The famous Château de Blois, a Renaissance château once occupied by King Louis XII, is located in the center of the city. There is also an interesting 18th century stone bridge across the River Loire, this stone bridge dates from the 18th century and is a good starting point to explore the streets as they meander, climb and clamber through the old medieval centre.
In the heart the Loire Valley and its castles you will find accommodations to suit even the most royal tastes. The region boasts some of the most elegant villa rentals, condo rentals, apartment rentals and vacation rentals to suit the most discriminating vacationer.