295km (183 miles) SW of Paris; 14km (8 2/3 miles) NE of Chinon

The Château d’Ussé is truly a fairy-tale castle. At the edge of the dark forest of Chinon in Rigny-Ussé, it was the inspiration for Perrault’s legend of “The Sleeping Beauty” (“La Belle au Bois Dormant”).

Arriving: The château is best visited by car or on an organized bus tour from Tours. If you’re driving from Tours or Villandry, follow D7 to Ussé.