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Welcome to Blois

With its glorious riverside perch, hilltop castle, and backdrop of patchwork vineyards, there are lots of things to do in Blois, the quintessential Loire Valley town. The grand Château de Blois is the star attraction, but there’s plenty more to admire, from the cobbled medieval quarter and Gothic cathedral to the rambling woodlands of the Forêt de Blois. Nestled on the north bank of the Loire River, Blois’ central location also makes it the perfect basecamp for exploring the within-easy-reach Big Three châteaux—Cheverny, Chambord, and Chenonceau—and some of the region’s most prestigious wineries.

All about Blois

When to visit

Like most Loire Valley towns, Blois can get crowded—and pricey—in July and August. A better option is to come in shoulder season, when accommodation prices will be lower and, if you’re lucky, the sun will still be shining. April through June is an ideal time to discover the Loire châteaux, when the gardens are in full bloom, while Blois forest is a rainbow of fall foliage from September through October.

Getting around

Blois’ historic center and hilltop châteaux can be covered on foot, and walking is a popular way to explore the riverside town. The most scenic way to tour the surrounding vineyards and chateaux is by bike, and Blois is a key stop along the Loire à Vélo cycle route, with plenty of bike rentals options. If you don’t have a bike, it’s best to join a tour or rent a car—public transport among the Loire villages is patchy and infrequent.

Traveler tips

In summer, boat cruises set out from Blois along the Loire River on traditional wooden barges. Sit back and soak up the scenery as you cruise through the valley, or hire a canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard and paddle yourself. Another top pick for outdoor adventurers is the forest of Blois, which has miles of shaded trails for walking and cycling.

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