About the Loire Valley - Loire Valley
Demand for property in the Western Loire Valley is highest in the departments of Loire-Atlantique and Vendee which both offer wide, clean stretches of sandy beaches. The coastal departments are most popular with overseas buyers but continue to maintain their strong French identity. Nantes and La Roche-Sur-Yon are both popular tourist destinations, particularly with young families. Maine-et-Loire, Mayenne and Sarthe are all inland departments and predominantly agricultural. Properties in these departments still provide excellent ‘value for money’. Saumur and Angers, in particular, maintain strong rental markets with their high volume of traditional gites for sale.
The property market in Val de la Loire is most buoyant in the departments of Cher, Eure-et-Loir and Loire-et-Cher. Each department also offers an active rental market. Tours and Bourges are the most popular destination. Indre, Indre-et-Loire and Loiret offer the most affordable house prices. For the best investment, consider Orleans which enjoys healthy tourism and accordingly, excellent rental returns.
The Loire Valley is a high producer of quality French wines. It has a large number of different grape varieties, the most famous of which are:
- Muscadet – produced in western Loire, making dry white wines
- Chenin Blanc - which dominates the Middle Loire, with red wines made from Cabernet Franc
- Sauvignon Blanc – grown in Upper Loire. Reds are made from Pinot Noir
The climate in the Loire Valley is temperate. During the summer, daytime temperatures average between 70-80° F. Annual rainfall is some of the lowest in France.
HOW TO GET THERE
The Loire Valley has excellent communication links for both air, car and train travel. Tours is perhaps the best served airport, including the budget airline Ryanair.