Le Lude 2010 ©stevan Lira (18)Le Lude 2010 ©stevan Lira (18)
©Le Lude 2010 ©stevan Lira (18)|Stevan Lira

Loir river

“Discovering nature with the Loir, is like uncovering a secret : astonishing, exhilarating and revitalizing”

The Loir is a particularly attractive river, winding its way past caves and troglodyte dwellings carved out of the tuffeau limestone hills.


Territory’s trademark

The Loir traces a 320 km course, flowing from east to west,between the Vendôme region and Anjou, on the outskirts of Angers, through a valley offering multiple and varied delights. The river links the four departments of: Eure-et-Loir, Loir-et-Cher, Maine-et-Loire and Sarthe as well as the regions of Centre-Val-de-Loire and Pays-de-la-Loire.

A pleasant climate

The Loir, located 40 km north of its big sister, the Loire, is a quiet, colourful paradise. This calm, attractive, naturally meandering river lends a human dimension to the valley, bringing a mild climate, with less rainfall and more hours of sunshine than neighbouring regions.

A source of inspiration

The river Loir, a source of inspiration for numerous poets including Ronsard and Balzac and the preferred haunt of artists such as Maufra, a friend of Gauguin’s, is not just popular with literary or artistic types; it also appeals to those who prefer simple, traditional pleasures. Follow the course of this river, passing through picturesque villages and enchanting towns from La Chartre-sur-le-Loir to La Flèche, via le Lude and Château-du-Loir, and discover the secrets of this hidden paradise.

Fishing on Loir’s bank

Spend some quality time with friends or family on the water’s edge!

In the Loir Valley you can enjoy your favourite leisure activity with complete peace of mind, whether you’re a novice or experienced angler, alone or accompanied, on foot or on a boat.

Predator and white fish anglers can fish to their hearts’ content along the Loir! When it comes to catching fish or pike, it’s just a question of patience.

A list of fishing permit distributors and people to contact is available from the information desks at the ing

Sailing on the Loir

The Loir is essentially a non-navigable river although sections can be negotiated by kayak-canoe or even a small boat – a great way of exploring the towns from a different angle!