The Loir river and the Vendômois region
From Vendôme to la Chartre-sur-le-Loir, along a 50 km stretch, are located the most beautiful churches that the Loir region offers, replete with frescoes and wall paintings (from the 12th to the 16th century) The frescos adorn small medieval churches located along the river on one of the paths to Compostela.
The feudal ruins of Fréteval, Vendôme, Lavardin, Montoire and Trôo overlook the river. This valley is central to the deep identity of the inhabitants on either side of the river, to the Vendômois area, originally a county from the 9th and 10th century.
Pierre de Ronsard left his imprint most especially in his birthplace, the manor-house of la Possonnière in Couture-sur-Loir.