The main attraction of the Loire-Valley is the lush scenery pervaded by France’s most splendid castles. In the northeast, the agricultural region of Beauce, France’s “breadbasket, stretches out. In the southeast, the deep forest region of the Sologne with its countless lakes and ponds spreads out, once the favourite hunting ground of the French monarchs. The Touraine, also known as “France’s Garden”, is characteristic for its chalk plateaus, mild climate and lovely, peaceful scenery. The Loire itself is Franc’s longest river and is also described as “Europe’s last wild river”.