Indre places to visit and attractions

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

photo of Argenton-sur-Creuse


There are several churches of interest here in Argenton-sur-Creuse, and a very pretty walk along the banks of the Creuse river
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photo of Brenne Regional Natural Park

Brenne Regional Natural Park

This quiet region of small lakes and fields is a perfect place for cycling on peaceful lanes
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photo of Chateau de Valencay

Chateau de Valencay

The renaissance style castle and formal gardens make the Chateau de Valencay among the most interesting in the Loire
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photo of Chateauroux


A little remote from the main tourist routes, Chateauroux is quite a sprawling town but has some sites of interest in its historic centre
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photo of Gargilesse-Dampierre


Gargilesse-Dampierre is a very small village, but also very pretty and in a lovely setting. Don't miss the frescoes in the church crypt!
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photo of Issoudun


There are few important monuments here in Issoudun, but we enjoyed a stroll around the old town near the 'White Tower'
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photo of La Chatre

La Chatre

La Chatre is a small town and quick to explore - before setting off to discover the other castles and countryside nearby
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photo of Nohant-Vic


The 18th century French manor house where George Sand lived is the main attraction in the village of Nohant-Vic
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photo of Saint-Benoit-du-Sault


The unspoiled medieval streets in the 'most beautiful village' of Saint-Benoit-de-Sault quickly take you back several hundred years in time
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photo of Saint-Chartier


Take a stroll through the grounds of the castle here in the quiet town of Saint-Chartier
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photo of Valencay


The castle is the main attraction in Valencay, but we also suggest a visit to the Museum de l'Automobile and a stroll along the river
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For more information see the Indre guide

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Market towns & days in Indre

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Argenton-sur-Creuse: Saturday
Buzancais: Friday
Chabris: Saturday
Chateauroux: Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday all day & Friday
Chatillon-sur-Indre: Friday
Issoudun: Saturday all day
Le Blanc: Saturday
Levroux: Monday
Mezieres-en-Brenne: Thursday
Palluau-sur-Indre: Sunday
Reuilly: Friday
Saint-Gaultier: Friday
Valencay: Tuesday
Vatan: Wednesday
Villedieu-sur-Indre: Wednesday

Tourist attractions to visit in Indre

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

4* Towns in Bloom

Chateauroux: See tourist guide

Issoudun: See tourist guide


Ville d'etape



Sites of Natural Beauty

Etangs de la Brenne

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Jardin du château de Bouges

Jardin du domaine de George Sand

Regional Natural Parcs

Brenne: See tourist guide

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

La Chatre: See tourist guide

Valencay: See tourist guide

National Monuments

Bouges-le-Chateau Castle

George Sand House

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Saint-Benoit-du-Sault: See tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Neuvy-Saint-Sépulchre collegiale St Etienne (monuments on French pilgrim routes)