The department of Loir et Cher is located in the north of the Loire Valley, France. Loir et Cher is a quaint, rural area of France, which has a very loyal, loving set of tourists who return to their Loir et Cher holiday accommodation every year, paying the department the ultimate compliment as a holiday destination, particularly with those who have a penchant for the outdoors and outdoor sports.
The Loir et Cher countryside is adorned with some of the finest historical castles in France, from the elegant Chateau de Chambord to the huge Chateau de Blois. Travelling the Loir et Cher countryside slowly is the best way in which to explore, walking through the lush river valleys or taking a horse or mountain bike through the hills and woodland areas which make up much of Loir et Cher.
There are around 20 different wines produced in Loir et Cher, including Sauvinon and Pinot, making Loir et Cher villas and chateaux very popular types of accommodation for wine tasting holidays. The luxury and grandeur of a rental chateau is ideal for ensuring that your wine tasting holiday is a real experience of indulgence and good living, especially when you consider the rich cheese making heritage of the area too.
Blois, the departmental capital, is a very popular place to take holiday accommodation in Loir et Cher. Famous for its historical prowess and its royal past, Blois has an air of sophistication, and is an ideal location for walkers to visit due to the surrounding forests of Russy and Boulogne.
The Loir et Cher department is dry and warm during the summer, wet in the autumn and surprisingly dry and mild during the winter. In summer, average temperatures soar to around 28°C, drawing people towards the rivers and shaded woodland for walking, swimming and kayaking. During spring and autumn, when temperatures are beautifully warm, although showers are certainly not out of the question, walkers and riders flock to the area to enjoy the fresh, peaceful countryside.
Travelling from Britain, visitors to Loir et Cher property must first take a flight to Tours (TUF) or Paris (CDG) Airport, or get the Eurostar to Le Mans. Both airports receive direct flights from across the UK, especially Paris, so reaching your holiday retreat should not pose too many headaches. Upon arrival at either airport, you can either take a hire car of use the extensive public transport networks.