Welcome to the Loire Valley

  The romantic Loire Valley lies in France’s heart, just south of Paris yet still wonderfully accessible for the beaches of the Vendée and Loire Atlantique on the Loire coast. The Loire River, France’s longest, meanders through its verdant, vine-covered hills dotted with fairy-tale castles. To boot, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And to uncover all its secrets, where better to stay than Siblu’s holiday park, Le Domaine de Dugny, ideally situated between Blois, Le Mans and Tours.
 
 

Our Park in the Loire Valley

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Set in the beautiful countryside of the Loire Valley just a few kilometres from the châteaux that have made this region famous, Domaine de Dugny is a park with something for everyone. Kids will love the slides, heated pools, kids’ clubs, entertainment programmes and, of course, the bouncy castle.

fishing holidays
On-site fishing lake
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8 km from Loire Valley Chateaux
heated, covered pool
Outdoor pool & covered pool

What to Expect from a Trip to the Region

 

The Loire Valley’s stunning scenery and gentle climate will keep family members and friends happily amused outdoors for hours. From fishing to canoeing, get a taste for river activities, all easily accessible from the Domaine de Dugny campsite.

A trip to the Loire Valley is not complete without visiting the best of the region’s splendid châteaux, which each have something different to offer. Enjoy the gardens, maze and tearooms at stunning Chenonceau; take a carriage ride around the grounds of extravagant Chambord; or marvel at Cheverny's famously impressive interiors.

 

Why choose the Loire Valley?

History

Visit world-famous chateaux

Relaxation

Relax on the banks of France's longest river 

Wine culture

Discover the region's famous vineyards and wine production

Family-friendly attractions

No shortage of day trips for all ages

Explore other regions in France

Normandy is an irresistible destination for discovering everything that’s great about France without having to venture too far from home! Normandy’s fascinating history ranges from the era of William the Conqueror right through to the famous D-Day landings of World War II.

Brittany is France's north westernmost tip that reaches bravely outwards to the Atlantic Ocean. It is a delightful area to discover, and being well served with ferry ports bringing it even closer to Ireland. And there are many other reasons to choose Siblu holiday park, Domaine de Kerlann, Le Conguel or Les Pierres Couchées as a base.

Visit the beautiful Vendée region for a quintessentially French camping holiday in an idyllic spot. Situated on the West Coast near the Loire Valley, south of Nantes and north of La Rochelle, the sparkling, sun-soaked “Côte de Lumière” boasts kilometres of Blue Flag sandy beaches.

The southwest coast of France is an incredibly diverse area, full of beaches, nature and culture. It is also home to four amazing Siblu holiday parks: Domaine de Soulac, La Réserve, Les Viviers and Les Dunes de Contis. Outside of the parks themselves, the South West boasts a huge range of things to see and do, which makes it ideal for all kinds of holidaymakers.

Languedoc on France’s southern coast has everything you need for a fantastic family holiday: Mediterranean climate, long sandy beaches, astonishing scenery, medieval villages steeped in history, chic cities, and interesting wines.

Nowhere is more synonymous with holidays in France than Provence; and the delightful Côte d’Azur region in its southeast corner is the perfect mixture of seaside resort, hillside hamlet and chic city. The Mediterranean climate and dazzling light have attracted and inspired the greatest artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The stunning Rhone Alps region stretches from Lake Geneva in the north to Provence and the Cevennes in the south. This eastern corner of France is all about forests, mountains, rivers and fresh air, and Siblu’s holiday park, Les Rives de Condrieu, is the perfect exploring base.

Loire Valley History

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Famous Chateaux
A trip to the Loire Valley is not complete without visiting the best of the region’s splendid châteaux. Stunning Chenonceau is the Loire’s most visited. You’ll love it for the tearoom, maze and children’s play area. Chambord is grandiose and extravagant: take a carriage ride round the grounds and experience its true splendour. Enjoy Chamont-sur-Loire for its famed, exquisite gardens. And Cheverny is renowned for its interiors, but kids will love that it inspired the fictional home of Tintin’s Captain Haddock
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Pagode de Chanteloup
The Pagode de Chanteloup is a remarkable 18th century tower, and the remains of a larger chateau belonging to the duc de Choiseul. Climb up 44 metres of steps and admire superb panoramic views of the Amboise Forest and the Loire Valley. It is such a relaxing day out for families, as it surrounds a large, peaceful lake for boating, and a Chinese garden if you want to zone out.
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Amboise Château
Just a 25 minute drive away from our campsite Le Domaine de Dugny is Amboise and it's château. Once home to many an important historical figure, from Clovis, the first king of the Francs, to Leonardo da Vinci and Anne Boleyn, it is a fascinating place to visit.
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Blois, The Home of Magic
The royal Chateau of Blois is a real jewel in the heart of this historic town, and is an outstanding example of the architecture and history of the Loire Valley castles. It was the home of 7 kings and 10 queens of France, so it’s no surprise that you’ll be overcome by the sheer opulence and grandeur of the tapestries, art, and decorations adorning the place. Adults and children will be taken in by the detailed story told by guides and the evening illuminations projected onto the chateau itself. Just opposite the castle, kids can enter into magic and intrigue in the House of Magic, which lets you in on the secrets of the most famous illusions. Little ones will enjoy playing the optical games and solving mindbending magic tricks.

Loire Valley Culture

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Tours
Less than an hour's drive away from Domaine de Dugny is Tours, the region’s historic capital. Enjoy its lively yet laid-back atmosphere, botanical gardens and open-air markets. Marvel at the flamboyant-Gothic St-Gatien cathedral, and Rubens and Rembrandts in the Musée des Beaux Arts
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Le Mans
Feel the need for speed in Le Mans! As well as the famous circuit itself there is also museum dedicated to the 24-hour endurance sports car race (Musée des 24 Heures). To get around town, why not take a tram, then head to l’Arche de la Nature for walks in the woods, children’s activities and a farm visit.
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Disneyland/Futuroscope
Whether en-route to or leaving Dugny, many families choose to break up their journey by stopping off for a theme park visit, either at Disneyland Paris or at Futuroscope in Poitiers. For children and big kids alike, Disneyland is a wonderland of excitement and thrills, with rides such as SpaceMountain to transport you to the deep, dark corners of outer space and the Walt Disney Studios Park where you can go behind the scenes and see how some of Disney’s most magical scenes were created. Or venture to Futuroscope, France’s very unique futuristic theme park experience.
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Hidden gems
The Loire Valley is the ‘garden of France’ and unsurprisingly its cuisine is based on the freshest, seasonal produce. These specialities are best enjoyed when accompanied by the region’s exquisite wines – think Pouilly-Fumé or Sancerre. The Loire Valley is also renowned for its troglodyte villages. Vallée Troglodytes des Goupillières is a restored cave village evoking the life of 19th century farmers. Troo is the most picturesque and unusual of villages, with its houses carved into the cliffs.

Loire Valley Nature

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Explore on foot or by bike
Make the most of the many cycle and walking routes on two wheels or two feet... The more adventurous among you can experience the region’s magic in a hot-air balloon! Fans of golf will be enthralled by the region's beautiful golf courses. For something different, make it a two-centre holiday by afterwards heading to Siblu campsite Les Pierres Couchées in Loire Atlantique where you can enjoy the super beaches that stretch between St-Nazaire and La Rochelle.
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Touraine, the Garden of France
The most famous garden in France is arguably that of Villandry in Touraine. The famous decorative vegetable vista is always evolving throughout the seasons, and the ponds and fountains are dreamlike. You’ll simply fall in love with the ornamental area, which is embellished with box-trees, tulips and annuals. Touraine also boasts a huge variety of sparkling, still, dry, semi dry, sweet, tannic, or fruity wines, which will give beginners and connoisseurs an authentic taste of the region during wine tours and taste testings.
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Hot Air Balloon Trips
Feel like you’re almost floating on the clouds in a hot air balloon… There’s no better way to experience the Loire Valley and its monumental chateaux: limitless views and complete tranquility. If you’re looking to treat a loved one or create some unforgettable family memories, a hot air balloon ride might be the ideal choice for a very unique day out.
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Zoo Parc de Beauval
This zoo will be sure to get your kids excited – the Beauval park is home to almost 6000 animals, including two pandas found nowhere else in France! You’ll really get into the midst of the action here during birdshows, when 200 birds including storks, pelicans, and cranes flap and fly around the audience.

Travelling to the Loire Valley from Ireland

 

PLANE 

Ryanair flies directly from Dublin to Tours Val de Loire Airport. 

Irish holidaymakers can reach Le Domaine de Dugny via ferry or plane.

FERRY

Cherbourg ferry port is easily accessible from Ireland thanks to crossings with Irish Ferries (from Dublin) and Stena Line (from Rosslare) and is a four hour drive away from  Domaine de Dugny. 

Irish Ferries Irish Ferries have a number of crossings throughout the summer, running every other day of the week Route: Dublin-Cherbourg

Stena Line Stena Line run crossings 3 times a week Route: Rosslare-Cherbourg

Brittany Ferries Our partnership with Brittany ferries gives you a 5% discount on your ferry crossing! Routes: Rosslare-Roscoff Departs: Monday evenings. Returns: Tuesday evenings Cork-Roscoff Departures: Saturday nights

*Make sure to check the ferry providers' websites for the most up-to-date information about crossings.

 

Distance/Driving from Tours Val de Loire Airport

Domaine de Dugny

54 km/ 45 mins drive 

Distance/driving time to Cherbourg ferry port

Domaine de Dugny

412 km/ 4 hrs 10 mins

Distance/driving time to Roscoff ferry port

Domaine de Dugny

495 km/ 5 hrs drive