Mountains and forests, valleys and wooded hillsides, lakes and rivers make Loire a department where the preserved countryside attracts outdoor sports enthusiasts and people wanting to simply relax. The splendid gorges of the Loire are scattered with châteaux and viewing points offering exceptional panoramas. There are also many religious buildings and delightful medieval villages marking out the roads, like Chambles or Charlieu, additional assets in this peaceful, authentic department. Property in Loire has remained extremely affordable. Land, apartments, village houses, villas... one can find all sorts of property here. You almost have too much choice: an apartment in Roanne, a villa in Saint-Etienne, or a character house in Charlieu.