Loire Valley listed site
The Val de Loire has been included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites since 30 November 2000.
The listing specifically covers the Val de Loire and the area situated in general between the two hillsides that border the river between Sully-sur-Loire (Loiret) and Chalonnes-sur-Loire (Maine-et-Loire), a distance of 280 km and an area of almost 800 sq. km.
The area includes:
- 2 regions (Centre and Pays de la Loire),
- 4 departments (Loiret, Loir-et-Cher, Indre-et-Loire and Maine-et-Loire),
- 6 conurbations (Orléans, Blois, Tours, Chinon, Saumur and Angers),
- 11 designated local areas,
- 1 Regional Natural Park (Loire-Anjou-Touraine),
- 164 towns and villages : each town or village shows its inclusion to the site with the girouet , symbolizing the link to the Loire.
It is home to a population of over one million residents.
The impact of the listing, however, covers an area far wider than that of the listed site itself, and numerous monuments, towns and villages have benefited from the site as a centre of attraction.
The inclusion of the Val de Loire on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites in 2000 brought international recognition and acknowledged the efforts made at the level of the Loire basin, in particular since 1994, with the implementation of the first management plan for the river, the Plan Loire Grandeur Nature .