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the one and only "most beautiful villages of France" in Loir-et-Cher!


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A flower-filled village located at the foot of the magnificent ruins of its chateau. If you enjoy strolling, taking pictures, if you like the Middle-Ages, Lavardin is an obligatory stop during your stay in the Vendôme region.

Leave your car at one of the free parking lots, cross the gothic bridge spanning the Loir and discover the village at the foot of its fortress.

You may also get there by bike since Lavardin is on the bicycle path to Santiago de Compostela.

The remains of the fortress with its 26-meter high keep dating back to the 11th century is open from May to September.

We also recommend visiting saint Genest church to see the exceptional frescos dating from the 12th to the 16th centuries.

Another unmissable discovery in Lavardin: what the locals call the “rotte aux biques“, a panoramic path along the hill. This “goats’ path” is a somewhat demanding hike but the panoramic views over the village and the Loir river are worth it.

The path, on the GR 35 hiking circuit, follows several troglodytic houses, bed and breakfasts, artists studios…

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