Discover boutique hotels in Indre-et-Loire, France

Could Indre-et-Loire be heaven on earth? The mediaeval monarchs certainly thought so, treating the départment’s rich countryside as their pastoral playground. It’s an environment where things flourish naturally, from the meek – vegetables, flora and fauna – to the ostentatious: architecture and religious art (countless pilgrims trekked here for the church at Candes-Saint-Martin). Sun-kissed vineyards have earned the region respect as a stellar wine producer, and the local restaurants turn out memorable meals: plump, grilled sardines, andouille sausage, coarse rillettes, and similar seducers. Having unwrapped some of the area’s obvious charms, we’ll hint at some of its secrets: mysterious caves, artistic fans, and see-to-believe tapestries…
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When to go

May–September is the best time for being outdoors: cycling, walking and so on. The soundtrack to September stays is the mating song of stags – has to be heard to be believed. Autumn marks the beginning of hunting season; fishing at the lakes has distinct charm in winter.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Tours Val de Loire airport, 6km from the city, is served by Ryanair, which operates direct flights from London Stansted, Porto and, in season, Dublin and Marseilles.
  • Trains

    Saint-Pierre-des-Corps is the station where high-speed LGV Atlantique (lgvsudeuropeatlantique.org) trains from Paris, Nantes, Bordeaux and Toulouse terminate.
  • Automobiles

    This is a beautiful area to drive around, and roads are relatively peaceful. Indre-et-Loire is easily accessible from the A10.
  • Taxis

    Cabs are rare: ask your hosts to book transfers for you.