Château d'Azay-le-Rideau

Loire Valley
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

Built on an island in the river Indre, the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau is one of the most famous chateaux in the Loire Valley. Originally a medieval castle which was burnt down during the Hundred Years War, the chateau was rebuilt in the 1500s with a large influence from the Italian Renaissance style, which was merged with the medieval style of its original defenses to create a unique architectural monument.

Unfinished for many years, the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau has a distinctive L-shaped design as the architect's quadrilateral design was never completed. Although a small chateau, Azay-le-Rideau makes up for its lack of stature in the sheer beauty of this tranquil setting. The elegant, ornate architecture is reflected in the water of the mirror lakes and the landscaped gardens of the 19th century make it a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the serene view.

Inside, the lavish decorations of the great hall and the Royal Apartments where Louis XIII stayed, such as the monumental fireplaces throughout the chateau, showcase the sumptuous elegance of a bygone era.

Find a holiday

Brittany Ferries holidays include return ferry travel with your car so you can explore at your own pace. What's more, you can pack everything you need to make the most of your time away - from bikes to surfboards and even the family pet.