Loire is situated 110 miles (177 kilometers) west of Strasbourg and about 140 miles (225 kilometers) east of the national capital Paris.
A great way to experience the great outdoors in Loire, is to grab your golf bag and head to the area’s excellent golf courses. The three most popular courses are the Forez Golf Club, Golf de Champlong and of course the Saint-Etienne Golf Club.
If you are interested in art, culture and history visit the Musee des Beaux-Arts, one of the most popular museums in Loire. Admire the building, browse the various galleries and try the interactive exhibits.
Sometimes melancholic, sometimes wonderfully romantic, the castles and other strongholds surrounding this part of the world are something special to explore. The Chateau de Saint Marcel de Felines, a unique local landmark, reflects how members of the nobility once lived and defended their cities from enemy armies.
Learn something new in Loire by spending a few hours at the Musee d'Art et d'Industrie. Enjoy the quiet atmosphere, ask the friendly staff about any temporary displays, grab something from the gift shop or just enjoy the well-curated displays.
Listen for the shrieking cries of battles past at Loire's historic defense structures. The Matagrin Tower played an important role in keeping out enemy armies over the centuries, but today is a peaceful and welcoming attraction for travelers from all over the world.
An old religious gathering place, one of the most popular of the many historic attractions in the city, is the Cathedral of Saint Charles Borromeo. Appreciate the atmosphere of this interesting building, learn its history and find out why it is such a popular destination for visitors to the area.
Before your time is up in Loire, do make the effort to see the Couvent des Cordeliers de Charlieu and the Abbaye Saint-Fortune de Charlieu; two of the sights which help make this city such a great vacation choice.