Located in the Loire Valley, Indre, the ‘hidden France’, is a beautiful rural department hidden from the mass tourist market between the Massif Central and the Loire Valley. Considered to be the most attractive part of the Val de Loire, Indre is also known for its cuisine, most notably its goat’s cheeses and pies. This area is still unknown and unspoilt by the tourist trade, allowing visitors to get a real taste of authentic French life.
If you take a self catering Indre property you will be certain to relax and return home refreshed. The wonderfully natural open countryside is a delightful place to unwind, either walking along river banks, cycling down small winding roads or riding in green fields. Along your way you will be able to explore some of the 80 small churches and 100 castles which still dominate the landscape today. The most famous castles, which form the ‘golden triangle’, Bulges, Argy and Valencay should be very near the top of the list of attractions for anyone staying in Indre property, and during September, they also become host to the music festival.
Indre is a hotbed for wine too. A self catering Indre property is ideal for wine tasting holidays, as there are many vineyards in Indre that provide tours and sampling days to the public. Lessons in wine tasting can be taken around the department if your interest in wine so far has only been in the odd glass in the evening!
The Brenne National Park is a lovely place to walk and fish. Fishermen will love the ‘country of a thousand lakes’ as it is known, and there is a huge range of flora and fauna growing here too. Despite its location almost right in the centre of France, Indre does offer beaches! The lake shores are often covered in sand, and there are a range of water sports available including sailing and windsurfing.
The departmental capital, Chateauroux, is the cultural centre of Indre. It is home to a large number of festivals and fairs throughout the year, especially during the summer.
The mild climate of Indre is a blessing for walkers, riders and cyclists staying in a self catering Indre property over the summer. Whilst temperatures are hot, reaching into the 30’s (°C) almost every day during the summer, temperatures are never scorching, as averages in July and August stay at around 28°C. In winter, averages drop to around 7°C.
The closest airport to a villa or property in Indre is Tours (TUF), which is serviced from the UK by Ryanair. You can also reach Tours by train, running from the Channel Tunnel via Paris. It takes just over an hour to reach a property in Indre from Tours, and many visitors prefer to take their car and drive, either from the Channel Tunnel or from the ports of Cherbourg, Caen or St Malo.