Indre-et-Loire places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Indre-et-Loire department of Loire Valley. See also our Indre-et-Loire travel guide.

Amboise

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Although it is the castle that attracts visitors to Amboise, you will also enjoy exploring the main square and old streets elsewhere in the small town

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Azay-le-Rideau

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The village of Azay-le-Rideau is best known for its castle but also has a pleasant centre with a historic church and mill to explore

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Candes-Saint-Martin

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In the village of Candes-Saint-Martin, a 'most beautiful village in France', you can see the Vienne river, a medieval collegiale church and a lovely viewpoint

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Chateau d'Amboise

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The Chateau d'Amboise is a castle with

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Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

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Not the most luxurious or largest castle in the region, it is the beauty and waterside location that gives the Chateau d'Azay-le Rideau its special charm

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Chateau de Chenonceau

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The perfectly lovely Chateau-de-Chenonceau includes a renaissance gallery across the river and gardens designed by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis

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Chateau de Chinon

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Château de Chinon retains more medieval elements than most Loire Valley castles

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Chateau de Clos Lucé at Amboise

photo of Chateau de Clos Lucé at Amboise

Chateau de Langeais

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Château de Langeais is a medieval-renaissance castle with nicely furnished rooms and the oldest castle keep in France

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Chateau de Villandry

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The rooms at Chateau de Villandry can be explored, but it is the world famous French style gardens here that will hold your attention the longest

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Chateau du Rivau

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One of the more modest castles in the region, both the Chateau de Rivau and its associated gardens are very pleasant to explore

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Chinon

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As well as the castle, Chinon has a very impressive medieval centre to explore and lovely river views

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Crissay-sur-Manse

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Explore the lovely stone houses and narrow streets in the tiny village of Crissay-sur-Manse

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Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard

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The Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard in Amboise is the first Renaissance manor house in France, newly restored and surrounded by lovely gardens

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Langeais

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The Chateau de Langeais, combining medieval and renaissance elements, will attract you here - but you will want to explore a little further when you arrive...

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Loches

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Numerous historic monuments make the citadel in Loches a very interesting place to visit

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Montresor

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On the Indrois river, it is the quaint old town, the castle and the collegiale church that will be the focus of your visit to the pretty village of Montresor

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Tavant

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Tavant is a small village but a visit to se the murals in the church is recommended when you are nearby

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Tours

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Tours is a large important town with numerous monuments, gardens and medieval buildings, and is also well placed to explore the west of the Loire Valley

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Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters

photo of Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters

The la Psalette cloister and the cathedral of Tours together make a very impressive religious monument with various architectural styles

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For more information see the Indre-et-Loire guide

 
 

Market towns & days in Indre-et-Loire

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Amboise: Sunday & Friday
Artannes-sur-Indre: Friday
Avoine: Friday
Azay-le-Rideau: Wednesday & Saturday
Ballan-Mire: Sunday & Friday
Blere: Tuesday
Bourgueil: Tuesday & Saturday
Chambray-les-Tours: Thursday & Sunday
Chateau-la-Valliere: Monday
Chateau-Renault: Tuesday & Saturday
Chinon: Thursday all day & Sunday
Cormery: Thursday
Descartes: Sunday
Esvres: Saturday
Fondettes: Wednesday & Sunday
Joue-les-Tours: Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday
La Riche: Wednesday & Saturday
Langeais: Sunday
Le Grand-Pressigny: Thursday
Ligueil: Monday
Loches: Wednesday all day & Saturday
Luynes: Saturday
Manthelan: Thursday
Montbazon: Tuesday
Montlouis-sur-Loire: Thursday
Monts: Wednesday & Saturday
Neuille-Pont-Pierre: Tuesday
Neuvy-le-Roi: Friday
Preuilly-sur-Claise: Thursday & Saturday
Richelieu: Monday & Friday
Saint-Avertin: Wednesday & Friday
Saint-Branchs: Wednesday
Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire: Tuesday & Friday
Saint-Paterne-Racan: Thursday
Saint-Pierre-Des-Corps: Wednesday & Tuesday & Saturday & Friday
Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine: Friday

Selected tourist attractions in the Indre-et-Loire department

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Zoo or wildlife park

Réserve de Beaumarchais

4* Towns in Bloom

Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire

Tours: Tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Chinon: Tourist guide

Loches: Tourist guide

Tours: Tourist guide

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Amboise: Tourist guide

Chinon: Tourist guide

Loches: Tourist guide

Richelieu: Tourist guide

Tours: Tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Le jardin des Prébendes d'Oé

Les jardins de la Chatonnière

Les jardins du château de Villandry

Les jardins du château du Rivau

Les jardins du prieuré de Saint-Cosme

Parc et jardins du château de Chenonceau

Parc et jardins du château de Valmer

Religious Monuments

Collegiale Church (Candes-Saint-Martin)

Regional Natural Parcs

Loire-Anjou-Touraine

towns classified as Recommended Detours

Loches: Tourist guide

National Monuments

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau: Tourist guide

Cloisters of la Psalette

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Candes-Saint-Martin: Tourist guide

Crissay-sur-Manse: Tourist guide

Montresor: Tourist guide

Aquarium

Aquarium du Val-de-Loire