If you want to visit the beautiful Loire Valley in central France, a region home to historic places such as Tours and Nantes, but also to countless picturesque vineyards and stunning natural scenery, you could hardly pick a better time of year than July.
What's The Weather Like In Loire Valley In July
This is the warmest month of the entire year, with an overall average temperature of 18°Cugust, the second warmest month, has an average temperature of 17°C. In July, the afternoons are gloriously warm and soaked in sunshine, the average high temperature ranging around 23°C. At night, the mercury ranges around the average low temperature of 12°C. Those temperatures increase in the course of the monthhe end of July is typically the warmest time of year.
There are two reasons for this. First, the fact that the days in July are rather long. While June had the most daylight of any month, the days in July are pretty long, too. 1st July has 15.50 hours of daylight. 31st July is slightly shorter with 14.55 daylight hours. These long days, of course, allow for more hours of sunshine.
Second, cloud cover is relatively low during July. It ranges between 53% and 57%, which makes it the second clearest month of the year, after August.
This low percentage of cloud cover for this region also influences the chance of rainfall, which is also rather low. The probability that you will encounter rainfall during your visit in July is 39%, a percentage that doesn't vary at all throughout the month. The main type of rainfall is moderate rain, which is observed on 53% of the days with rainfall. Other possible, although less likely, types are thunderstorms, light rain and drizzle, respectively occurring on 20%, 13% and 13% of those days.
The total amount of rainfall this month is 54mm, which is about average.
Loire Valley Hotels In July
A marvellous four-star accommodation set within the Gâtinais Regional Nature Park, Château d'Augerville is a superb place to stay when visiting the Loire Valley in July. This is a truly great hotel, boasting everything from gourmet restaurants, golf courses and a full-service spa to free Wi-Fi and bicycle rentals. This is also a very popular venue for weddings, cocktail parties and banquets.
Hôtel Le Château de la Rozelle
If you want to stay at a château, but find a four-star one to be too expensive, consider booking a room at the three-star Hôtel Le Château de la Rozelle. This striking historic castle features 15 spectacularly decorated roomshere are three types of room: comfort, family and privilege. There is also a large park, outdoor terrace, bicycle hire, lounge, free Wi-Fi and restaurant.
Château de l'Aubrière
Another beautiful three-star château accommodation is the Château de l'Aubrière. This wonderful small castle is located only 6 kilometres from the historic city centre of Tours. Guests can enjoy the spacious and elegant bedrooms, taste delicious cuisine during a candle-light dinner, rent a bicycle to explore the countryside, swim in the heated pool and relax in the lounge.
Bars And Restaurants
Take advantage of the magnificent July weather to enjoy a wonderful meal on the terrace of Le 128. Located about five minutes from the Orléans city centre, this excellent dining venue serves a combination of Italian and French cuisine, a selection of traditional dishes with a twist.
Domaine de l'Arbrelle
In Amboise, you can both stay and enjoy superb cuisine at Domaine de l'Arbrelle. This domain is made up of a hotel, a large park, a hotel, and a restaurant and bar. Run by a talented chef, the restaurant features a charming interior, home-like comfort and downright superb food.
Things To Do In Loire Valley In July
Château de Chambord
One of the most breathtaking attractions in the Loire Valley is the Château de Chambord. Considered to be one of the most recognisable castles in the world, this French Renaissance château was commissioned by King Francis I in the beginning of the 16th century as a hunting lodge hunting lodge! It was, however, never finished. This absolutely magnificent château, truly one of the world's most spectacular buildings, can be visited. You can choose a self-guided visit, tours with an audio guide or tours with a new histopad (a type of tablet). Château de Chambord belongs on any itinerary in the Loire Valley.
Loire à Vélo Trail
In July, make sure to take advantage of the gorgeous weather to explore the region powered by your own legs. The "Loire à Vélo" trail is a network of bicycle trails that run along the UNESCO World Heritage-Listed Loire River. You can hire bikes in many accommodations in the region. In fact, many hotels, campsites and bed and breakfast are located along those bicycle trails, which make it possible to explore the region during a long-distance bike journey. Day-long rides are, of course, possible all over the place as well.