224km (139 miles) SW of Paris; 26km (16 miles) E of Tours

Chenonceau is one of the most remarkable castles in France. Its impressive setting, spanning a whole river, along with an intriguing history and renowned residents, make it many visitors’ favorite château in the whole country. (Note: The village, whose year-round population is less than 300, is spelled with a final x, but the château isn’t.)