Valençay Castle on Loire Valley, France
Château de Valençay
It’s one of the most beautiful châteaux of the Loire Valley and from what I noticed, also one of the most underrated.
There weren’t many visitors; the traveling agencies and the information centers don’t put it high on the “must see” lists, but, in my opinion, Valençay is well worth a visit if you are more a fan of Palaces and Châteaux than medieval constructions like Blois or Amboise.
Built in Renaissance style during the 16th century, the château overlooks the Nahon Valley. It has a square entrance tower positioned in the center of the North façade, flanked by corner turrets, reminiscent of the north face of Chambord Castle
The castle is surrounded by a park with tall trees offering a refreshing shadow during hot summer days.
There is also some sort of Zoo with farm animals like goats and pigs. I also saw peacocks walking freely around the park.
A quite large wooden maze is there in the park and you can spend at least one hour getting lost in it.