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Lavardin

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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  (currently being restored, it can’t be visited, but you can admire it from the outside, as you can see it very well).

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

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…

Troglodytisme en Vallée du Loir
Troglodytisme en Vallée du Loir
Troglodytisme en Vallée du Loir

An idea for a tour to discover some of our must-sees, including the village of Lavardin.

Vendôme Place à la Découverte en Val de Loire
Vendôme Place à la Découverte en Val de Loire
Vendôme Place à la Découverte en Val de Loire

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