Indre Holiday Travel Guide

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Map of Indre, Loire Valley, France

The department of Indre, once part of the ancient province of Berry, lies in the geographical centre of France. This unassuming rural department with its chateaux, Roman churches and watermills has many quiet roads and is a holiday delight waiting to be discovered. Enjoy walking and cycling through the bocage countryside of Boichaut. Walnut and cherry trees blossom near the market gardens and vineyards around Le Blanc on the River Creuse. Downstream rise dramatic limestone cliffs whilst upstream riverside Argenton-sur-Creuse has been compared to Venice and the artists village’ of Gargilesse with its ancient houses clustered around the castle is a joy to the eye.

With over 2,000 lakes in the Brenne and large tracts of woodland, the department of Indre is traditional hunting country, well stocked with game, where fishing is popular. This is reflected in the Indre cuisine, best known for its pyramid shaped goats cheese and delicious berrichon pies and pastries - vegetarians should enjoy the pumpkin filling. Try local kir berrichone - creme du cassis with red wine.

Feed the mind as well as the senses and visit the chateau at Nohant, where famous authoress George Sand lived and entertained Chopin, Delacroix and Balzac. In July, there is a literary and music festival here and nearby La Chatre holds a Chopin festival.

Fancy a swim? Lake Chambon has beaches and restaurants, swimming and watersports.

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