In addition to visits of historic castles and the delicious cuisine of the region, the Loire Valley also has so much to offer to the outdoors-lover. While the grounds of Montgoger are extensive, there is also plenty to discover outside of its gates. We list here a few options for you to explore throughout the region by bicycle, boat, and on foot.
The Loire River is the central waterway of the region, but the area also has four other main rivers: the Indre, the Cher, the Creuse, and the Vienne. Kayaking and canoeing are popular activities and wonderful ways to explore the area. Rentals are available during the summer months from several places not far from Montgoger:
For the full map of boat rentals, check out the canoeing/kayaking tourism site here.
The bike routes of the Loire Valley, with its huge range of well-marked paths in such beautiful surroundings, are a cyclist’s dream. The most famous route is known as “Loire à Vélo” because it follows the length of the Loire River. This 800-kilometer path begins where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean in the west and stretches to the town of Nevers in the east. Going through Angers, Chinon, Tours, Amboise, Blois, and Orléans, the route allows the cycler to visit all of the region’s main cities, many famous chateaus, and the gorgeous rural areas between these sites. If you are staying at Montgoger and are interested in doing part of the Loire à Vélo, we encourage you to check out the loops around Chinon and Azay-le-Rideau – two beautiful areas just 25 kilometers away.
For more information about the route, the sights, and other helpful tips, please take a look at the Loire cycling site found here.
Parks and Gardens
The region also hosts a number of different parks and gardens – some on the ground of a chateau and some independently situated. Check out the local flora and discover why the Loire Valley is also known as “The Garden of France!”
For information about which garden or park to visit, feel free to consult this map.
Another way of getting the most out of your stay in the Loire Valley is to try out one of the many regional hikes. Such trails are generally well-marked and can be rural or urban depending on the location. Trail maps are available in most of the region’s tourism offices, but a list of the most popular trails with their maps can be found here (the closest to Montgoger are numbers 1, 15, and 24, or Avon-les-Roches, Panzoult, and Crissay-sur-Manse respectively)
For other outdoor activities such as golfing, swimming, fishing, and more, check out the Loire tourism’s site for outdoor recreation.