Indre-et-Loire is one of the departments of central France with exceptional heritage and a wealth of both historic and artistic wonders. Located in the Val de Loire region, self catering accommodation in Indre-et-Loire is a favourite with those wishing to investigate the Loire Valley at their own pace. Indre-et-Loire is primarily a rural department, in which the traditional rural French way of life is still very much alive.
The area is renowned not only for Renaissance masterpieces but a huge number of magnificent castles and chateaux, many of which have been declared World Heritage sites by UNESCO. The lush rolling countryside is covered with stately mansions, chateau and castles which give the department a regal yet relaxed atmosphere, superb for investigation on foot or by bicycle from ant of the holiday accommodation in Indre-et-Loire. The Castles of Chenonceau, Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, Rivau and Langeais are particularly worth visiting when you stay in an Indre et Loire holiday rental.
The area is not only known for its castles and chateaux. Indre-et-Loire is a huge wine producing region, which perfectly compliments the delicious cuisine which has kept holiday makers returning to their self catering gites in Indre et Loire every year.
Walking and cycling holidays from a holiday rental in Indre et Loire are a magnificent option. The lush, un-spoilt countryside makes an ideal backdrop for relaxing strolls or strenuous hikes from chateau to chateau. Walks along the banks of the Indre and Loire rivers with a fishing rod make for a fantastic day out.
Tours is a beautiful city of history, art, and luxury. The stunningly flamboyant Renaissance buildings which make up the centre of the town make spectacular viewing, especially under lights at night. Walking, cycling and wine tours of the department often originate from Tours.
With a mild temperate climate, Indre-et-Loire has extremely pleasant summer temperatures, with summer averages hovering around the 26°C mark. Winters are cool but not cold, averaging around 7°C in December and January.
Direct flights to Indre-et-Loire land at the small airport of Tours (TUF) from London Stansted (STN). Alternatively, the TGV only takes 5 hours from London, making a holiday rental in Indre-et-Loire effortlessly accessible.