Destination guide

Indre-et-Loire is fairy-tale France

Named for the 2 rivers that flow through its idyllic heart, the region of Indre-et-Loire could just be an advert for rural France. There are more chateaus here than you can shake a garlic escargot at, topping the hillsides like proud princes from the Renaissance. Cobbled villages and stone-faced castles line the banks of the waterways, while vineyards flow easily – like the delightful wines they make – over the undulating landscape. The romantic, the honeymooner, the hiker, the foodie, the wine taster – they should all feel right at home in Indre-et-Loire vacation rentals.

Activities

Indre-et-Loire is chilling on the riverside

Life moves slowly in Indre-et-Loire. The slosh of the rivers, the clink of wine glasses, the rustling of grapevines in the wind – that's the backing track. To unwind and relax, as the locals do, you could bag yourself a gite in the country. There are loads of luxurious Indre-et-Loire vacation rentals with pools to pick from. Others will be rustic and charming farm conversions, with babbling streams rolling by and a medieval chateau keeping watch above. When adventure does call, consider hopping into a canoe, renting a bike or just driving the country roads – there's bucolic beauty everywhere.

Weather

Indre-et-Loire and France's 4 seasons

Indre-et-Loire is typical of central France. It undergoes 4 seasons that flow from cold winters, when the mercury occasionally dips below 0, to warm summers, when it regularly sits in the high 70s. It's the summer – between June and August – that's the most popular time to visit. Most romantic types and adventurers alike look to book their villas then, especially the coveted Indre-et-Loire vacation rentals with pools. Spring – April, May – and fall – September, October – offer a balance of crowds, prices and weather.

Natural features

Indre-et-Loire – a postcard to a French arcadia

Indre-et-Loire might just be that quintessential picture of rural France you've been searching for. It's green and bucolic wherever you look, and somehow even manages to make its cities seem rustic – Tours, especially, as it straddles the banks of the gushing Loire River. Follow the water westwards and you'll enter the reserves of the iconic Loire Valley. Look about to see castles topping the hills and rolling vineyards running in every direction by the banks. Deeper inland are farms and woods that are occasionally punctuated by a church spire-spiked hamlet.

Transport

How to get to and around Indre-et-Loire

The nearest airport is in Tours (TUF-Tours - Loire Valley), located 11.6 mi (18.7 km) from the city center.

If you prefer to travel by train, Monts Station, Montbazon Station and Veigne Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Where to stay around Indre-et-Loire?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,289 vacation rentals near Indre-et-Loire. From 243 Cottages to 597 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Indre-et-Loire for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Indre-et-Loire?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Indre-et-Loire. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Tours: 408 vacation rentals
  • Amboise: 418 vacation rentals
  • Chinon: 285 vacation rentals
  • Saunay: 73 vacation rentals
  • Chenonceaux: 338 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Indre-et-Loire! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Indre-et-Loire?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Indre-et-Loire:

  • Tours: 408 rentals
  • Amboise: 418 rentals
  • Chinon: 285 rentals
  • Saunay: 73 rentals
  • Chenonceaux: 338 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Indre-et-Loire?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Indre-et-Loire are:

  • Amboise (XAM): 805 vacation rentals
  • Val De Loire Airport (TUF): 701 vacation rentals
  • Saint-Pierre-des-Corps Airport (XSH): 728 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Indre-et-Loire?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Indre-et-Loire. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pagoda of Chanteloup: 833 rentals
  • Chateau de Chenonceau: 874 rentals
  • Tours Cathedral: 705 rentals
  • Château-Gaillard: 808 rentals
  • St Pierre des Corps Station: 727 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Indre-et-Loire listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.