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.

Architecture

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

Nature

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.

The front entrance at Valencay castle, with the square tower in the middle

The front entrance at Valencay castle, with the square tower in the middle

The back yard of the Valencay Castle

The back yard of the Valencay Castle

This in one the peacock I was telling you earlier. They are walking freely in the park behind the castle.

This in one of the peacocks I was telling you earlier. They are walking freely in the park behind the castle.

One of the round towers of Valencay Castle

One of the round towers of Valencay Castle

The kitchen of Valencay Castle

The kitchen of Valencay Castle

In the back of Valencay Castle

In the back of Valencay Castle

The wooden maze at Valencay Castle. It's not that simple as it looks from up here :D

The wooden maze at Valencay Castle. It’s not that simple as it looks from up here😀

Any respectable chateau has a large wine cellar

Any respectable chateau has a large wine cellar

The entrance gate of Valençay Castle

The entrance gate of Valençay Castle

A nice fountain in the back yard of the Valencay Castle

A nice fountain in the back yard of the Valencay Castle

The front yard at Valençay Castle

The front yard at Valençay Castle

One of the most beautiful chateaux on Loire Valley: Valençay Castle

One of the most beautiful chateaux on Loire Valley: Valençay Castle

And this is me at the shadow of the big trees in the park behind Valençay Castle :)

And this is me at the shadow of the big trees in the park behind Valençay Castle🙂