What is Loire?

  • (noun): A French river; flows into the North Atlantic.
    Synonyms: Loire River


The Loire (; Occitan: Léger; Breton: Liger) is the longest river in France. With a length of 1,012 kilometres (629 mi), it drains an area of 117,054 km2 (45,195 sq mi), which represents more than a fifth of France's land area. It is the 170th longest river in the world. It rises in the Cévennes in the département of Ardèche at 1,350 m (4,430 ft) near Mont Gerbier de Jonc, and flows for over 1,000 km (620 mi) north through Nevers to Orléans, then west through Tours and Nantes until it reaches the Bay of Biscay at St Nazaire. Its main tributaries include the Maine, Nièvre and the Erdre rivers on its right bank, and the Allier, Cher, Indre, Vienne, and the Sèvre Nantaise rivers from the left bank. The Loire gives its name to six départements: Loire, Haute-Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Indre-et-Loire, Maine-et-Loire, and Saône-et-Loire. The central part of the Loire Valley was added to the World Heritage Sites list of UNESCO on December 2, 2000. The banks are characterized by vineyards and chateaux in the Loire Valley.

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Bretagne Réunie
... individuals whose goal is the administrative reunification of Brittany (the re-attachment of the Loire-Atlantique department to the region of Brittany) ... department is currently part of the Pays de la Loire region ... Loire-Atlantique is a department which was created after the French revolution, taking approximately the territory of Pays nantais ...
Loire Valley - Wine Making
... The Loire Valley wine region includes the French wine regions situated along the Loire River from the Muscadet region near the city of Nantes on the ... The Loire Valley itself follows the river through the Loire province to the river's origins in the Cévennes but the majority of the wine production takes place in the regions noted ... The Loire Valley has a long history of winemaking dating back to the 1st century ...
Canal Latéral à La Loire - En Route
... PK 198 Briare aqueduct PK 192 Châtillon-sur-Loire PK 187 left to Châtillon branch canal for access to Loire river PK 180 Belleville-sur-Loire PK 175 Léré PK 159.5 Saint-Satur or Saint-Thibault PK ...
Canal Du Centre (France) - History
... He selected a route which joined the valleys of the Loire and Saône and provided adequate water supplies at the summit ... the intervention of exceptional floods on the Loire in 1790, which totally wrecked a new port in Digoin, and the Revolution, the works were completed in 1792 ... was limited by the fickle nature of the Loire and it was estimated that the opening of the Canal Latéral à la Loire would triple the toll income of the canal ...
... Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire is a commune in the department of Indre-et-Loire in central France ... It is located northwest of Tours on the other side of the Loire ... It is the third largest city in the Indre-et-Loire department, behind only Tours and Joué-lès-Tours ...