Must-see sights in the Centre of France

Chateaux de Chambord Luciano Guelfi/Flickr

Chateaux de Chambord ©Luciano Guelfi/Flickr

Are you planning a journey to the fascinating country of France? You will surely return home with great memories and unforgettable experiences. France is abundant in unique and wonderful landmarks and visitor attractions. Every region has its own characteristic attractions. In some of the previous articles I have already presented you numerous regions of France, including Provence, the Mediterranean region, Brittany, Burgundy, Aquitaine, Languedoc-Roussillon and so on.

Below I will present you the central region, more precisely the must-see sights in the Centre of France. These sights are the following: several castles of the Loire Valley, the Chartres Cathedral, the Zoo Parc de Beauval, La Sologne, the historic centre of Bourges and others.

The Loire Valley castles

Some of the world’s most popular and most beautiful castles are considered to be the ones located in the breathtaking Loire Valley. The valley of the famous Loire River is extremely attractive for tourists. It is one of the most visited regions of the country.

The valley is characterized by a pristine natural beauty, being bordered by picturesque small towns and villages. The castles and vineyards are among the most important highlights of the valley. Chateaux Chambord, Chenonceau and Villandry are three of the most famous castles.

Chateaux de Chambord Luciano Guelfi/Flickr

Chateaux de Chambord ©Luciano Guelfi/Flickr

The Chartres Cathedral

Chartres Cathedral is considered to be one of the most famous and most beautiful Gothic cathedrals of France. The building is primarily famous for its magnificent medieval stained-glass windows. Some say that this breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site is the most beautiful Gothic religious building in the country. It is absolutely a must-see sight of Central France.

Chartres Cathedral Steve Burt/Flickr

Chartres Cathedral ©Steve Burt/Flickr

The Zoo Parc de Beauval

The fantastic Zoo Parc de Beauval is a great natural sight of Central France. It is home to more than 4.000 of animals including even koalas and pandas. The wildlife park is very popular among tourists. The park can be visited March to November. It generally opens at 10:00. The closing time varies depending on season: at 18:00, 19:00 or 20:00. (July 2013)

La Sologne

Another fantastic natural attraction of the region is La Sologne. It is actually an immense wooded area located in the southwestern part of Orleans. The area was formerly used as a hunting ground for kings and noblemen. Today it is an attractive region for nature-lovers.

The historic centre of Bourges

Bourges is an extremely beautiful city located in Central France. It is famous for its historic centre home to its huge Gothic cathedral with beautiful medieval sculptures and stained glassed windows. If you are interested in historic towns, you can not miss this one.

Bourges Cathedral Giuseppe Citino/Flickr

Bourges Cathedral ©Giuseppe Citino/Flickr

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