This picturesque castle was once an impressive fortress known as Colobier back in the 17th century. And while the towering white façade definitely says “royalty” ties to the protective past are still apparent on a visit to Chateau de Villandry.
Famous for its expansive Renaissance gardens, which include ornamental plants, water lilies and even a vegetable garden, the chateau attracts visitors from across the globe. Many argue that the geometric box hedges, reminiscent of a scene from Alice in Wonderland, and well-kept landscapes are some of the most beautiful in all of France. Perhaps that’s why this castle, which is recognized as a World Heritage Site, is one of the most visited in the country.
Villandry is located nine miles from Tours and both free car and bike parking is available. Admission is 10 euros for adults and 6.5 euros for garden-only access. Although the chateau’s hours are seasonal, it is typically open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.