Outdoor recreation in Loire Valley: swimming, fishing, hot-air balloon trips...

Canoeing on the Loire river. Outdoor recreation in France. Outdoor recreation

Flying in a hot-air balloon above Loire chateaux (Amboise, Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau...), canoeing on the Loire river, or maybe just going for a dip between two visits...

Discover below the whole outdoor activities you can do in Touraine Loire Valley, beside Loire Valley bike tours and Loire Valley hike tours.


The mercury climbs in the summer months here! If you are tempted to go for a refreshing swim in Touraine, you can choose from among a dozen natural swimming areas that have lifeguards (restrooms, running water, lifeguard tower, wheelchair accessible). Entrance is free of charge.

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Kayaking and canoeing

With the numerous waterways in Touraine (1 major river and 4 other beautiful rivers), what better way to explore the area during the summer months than in a kayak or a canoe? Why not paddle down theLoire, or take a leisurely trip on one of the other tranquil rivers in the area: t (...)

Boat tours in Loire Valley

For starters, a little bit of history. Navigation on the river Loire reached its peak in the 19th century. The Loire and its tributaries were dotted with the small white sails of vessels transporting passengers and goods.

Hot-air balloon rides

Up and away into the friendly skies of Touraine! The Loire Valley is one of France's major hot-air balloon centres: this is arguably the best way to take in the breathtaking views of the region! High up in the basket, you will float past castles such as Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau (...)


Ah, the joys of putting in Loire castle country! Touraine has five golf courses for experienced players: three 18-hole courses and two 9-hole courses.


Between the lakes and rivers, trout streams and larger rivers with pike, over 50 species of fish can be found in Touraine. There are migratory species such as mullet, shad, lamprey and eels as well as sedentary fish such as carp, pike, perch and bream. For adventure seekers and b (...)

Other activities

Helicopter tours, microlighting initiation, tree-top forest adventure courses, guided tree climbing, horse riding or pack donkey treks, motor sports... a wide range of possibilities are available in Touraine. For further information, or if you have a specific enquiry, please feel (...)

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