By Lily Heise for Frommer’s
Located 200 kilometers (125 miles) southwest of Paris, the whole of the Loire Valley is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in large part thanks to its sensational castles. At over 300, nowhere else in the world is there such a high concentration of regal residences. From formidable medieval fortresses to extravagant Renaissance estates, we think these châteaux tower among the rest. Read more here.