The essential visit of Amboise castle, residence of the kings of France during the Renaissance.
Visiting Amboise royal castle (and wine tasting nearby)
This travel guide will help you plan your stay and organize a wine tasting in some of the best wineries nearby.
At less than five miles from Tours, Montlouis and Vouvray, upstream of the Loire river, the royal castle of Amboise is one of the iconic Loire Valley châteaux. From the top of a rocky cliff, the old medieval fortress offers a beautiful view over the city of Amboise. Occupied by the French royal court during the Renaissance period, Amboise castle attracted artists from all over Europe. The most famous of all being Leonardo da Vinci who spent the last three years of his life in the neighboring Château of Clos Lucé, under the protection of François I, king of France. Amboise is also the heart of the wine appellation which boasts the same name (“Touraine Amboise”). Amboise is a city of History and wine. A great place for tasting wine at wineries nearby : the Amboise area produces superb red, white and rosé wines. Welcome to Touraine Amboise wine country.
- Amboise in our magazine
Things to do and to see in the area
A charming town, two remarkable castles and a wine appellation, “Touraine Amboise”.
The capital city of the Loire valley wine region, a must stopover during your wine and château tour.
One of the most beautiful Loire Valley gardens on the land of the Touraine Mesland wine appellation.
One of the most remarkable Loire Valley château has given its name to a new wine appellation : Touraine Chenonceaux.