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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

photo of Amboise


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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photo of Azay-le-Rideau


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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photo of Candes-Saint-Martin


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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photo of Candes-Saint-Martin collegiate church

Candes-Saint-Martin collegiate church

The collegiate church of Candes-Saint-Martin has numerous medieval statues incorporated in the facade and porch
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photo of Chateau d'Amboise

Chateau d'Amboise

The Chateau d'Amboise is a castle with impressive gardens and a lovely view across the rooftops of Amboise
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photo of Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

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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photo of Chateau d'Ussé

Chateau d'Ussé

The imposing Chateau d'Usse, next to the Loire, is an imposing medieval-renaissance castle surrounded by gardens and park
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photo of Chateau de Chenonceau

Chateau de Chenonceau

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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photo of Chateau de Chinon

Chateau de Chinon

Château de Chinon retains more medieval elements than most Loire Valley castles
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photo of Chateau de Clos Lucé at Amboise

Chateau de Clos Lucé at Amboise

The Chateau de Clos-Lucé was home to Leonardo da Vinci and you can visit the house and also see recreations of many of his inventions
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photo of Chateau de Langeais

Chateau de Langeais

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

Chateau de Villandry

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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photo of Chateau du Rivau

Chateau du Rivau

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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photo of Chinon


As well as the castle, Chinon has a very impressive medieval centre to explore and lovely river views
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photo of Crissay-sur-Manse


Explore the lovely stone houses and narrow streets in the tiny village of Crissay-sur-Manse
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photo of Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard

Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard

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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photo of Langeais


Langeais is a small town with a pretty town centre, best known for the castle in the town
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photo of Loches


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


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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photo of Tavant


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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photo of Tours


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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photo of Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters

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

Tourist attractions to visit in Indre-et-Loire

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

Zoo or wildlife park

Réserve de Beaumarchais

4* Towns in Bloom


Tours: See tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Chinon: See tourist guide

Loches: See tourist guide

Tours: See tourist guide

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Amboise: See tourist guide

Chinon: See tourist guide

Loches: See tourist guide

Richelieu: See tourist guide

Tours: See tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Le jardin des Prébendes d'Oé

Les jardins de la Chatonnière

Les jardins du château de Villandry: See tourist guide

Les jardins du château du Rivau: See tourist guide

Les jardins du prieuré de Saint-Cosme

Parc et jardins du château de Chenonceau: See tourist guide

Parc et jardins du château de Valmer

Religious Monuments

Collegiale Church (Candes-Saint-Martin): See tourist guide

Regional Natural Parcs

Loire-Anjou-Touraine: See tourist guide

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Loches: See tourist guide

National Monuments

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau: See tourist guide

Cloisters of la Psalette: See tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Candes-Saint-Martin: See tourist guide

Crissay-sur-Manse: See tourist guide

Montresor: See tourist guide


Aquarium du Val-de-Loire

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