Regional Natural Park Of Loire Anjou Touraine

The regional natural park of Loire-Anjou-Touraine was created in 1996 and spans the departmental borders of Indre et Loire in the Centre region and Maine et Loire in the Pays de la Loire region. The park covers 235,000 hectares, and has 175,000 inhabitants in 136 communes.

The park contains seven prestigious medieval or Renaissance castles: Villandry, (Indre et Loire); Azay-le-Rideau, (Indre et Loire); Ussé, (Indre et Loire); Chinon, (Indre et Loire); Montreuil-Bellay, (Maine et Loire); Montsoreau, (Maine et Loire), and Saumur, (Maine et Loire). Built when rivers were the main routes for movement of both cargo and passengers, each castle controls a different section of one of the main rivers of the regional park - the Thouet, the Vienne, the Indre, or of course the river Loire itself.

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