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Romorantin: The Little City that Almost Became the Capital of France

Romorantin: The Little City that Almost Became the Capital of France 

If Leonardo Da Vinci and Francis I had had their way, the ‘royal’ town of Romorantin, about a half hour south of Blois, would now be not only the capital of the Sologne region, but also the capital of all of France. Unfortunately, the grandiose plan of creating an ‘ideal city’ fizzled, but even so Romorantin has retained much of the charm of its glorious past and is remarkable for its exceptional setting and its reputation as a great place to live.

Wander through the picturesque streets, with their lovely brick and chalk half-timbered houses or stroll along the banks of Sauldre River. You can also paddle down the river in a canoe, swim in certain areas, or simply take it easy and go fishing! Meanwhile, don’t miss a visit to the Musée de Sologne, which staddles the river, to find out more about the region.  And for motorsports fans, there’s the Musée Matra with its awesome display of ‘Matra’ racing cars, famous for their many Formula I victories. 

If you’re a nature enthusiast, join up with a volunteer from the environmental protection organization, Association Sologne Nature Environnement, to discover the flora and fauna of this vast, carefully-protected region made up of forests, lowland heaths, woodlands and some 3000 lakes.

Romorantin is close to many of the region’s most illustrious châteaux: Cheverny (20 min.), Chambord and Blois, (35 min.). There are also other lesser-known but delightful châteaux nearby: the Château du Moulin in Lassay-sur-Croisne, the Château de Villesavin in Tour-en-Sologne, the Châteaux of Troussay and Fougères-sur-Bièvre, as well as the Château de La Ferté Saint Aubin, on the road to Orléans.  

You’ll find plenty of places to stay in Romorantin and the Sologne region, from simple campsites to high-end châteaux-hotels, as well as lots of good restaurants so you won’t go hungry! 

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