The department of Indre is located in the south of the Center region and is named after the river of the same name that runs through the department. A large part of the Indre, together with the Cher department, is also known as the Berry region.
The Indre is a versatile department. You discover castles with beautiful gardens, historic buildings and many churches and cathedrals. The landscape is just as versatile: rolling meadows, vast forests and last but not least the Brenne. In this lake area, flora and fauna go undisturbed and thousands of cranes take place here every year. A paradise for nature lovers.
The capital of the Indre is Chateauroux and originated in 937 when Raoul de Deols built his castle there. In Chateauroux the church St-Martial and the Bertrand museum are more than worth a visit. In this museum you will find memories of Napoleon Bonaparte and General Bertrand, paintings and collections by George Sand.
In Valençay you can see the 16th century castle of Valençay with the "Musée de l’Auto. This museum has a wide selection of old, many pre-war cars. In addition, the "Musée du Sucre d’Art", the town hall and the Maison de Charité are worth a visit. On the banks of the Nahon River southeast of the center of Valençay, fishing is a popular activity. During a visit to this city, don't forget to taste the "Le Valençay", a delicious goat cheese.
The town of Argenton-sur-Creuse is located on the River Creuse and here you will find picturesque houses in small streets, the Notre-Dame-des-Bancs chapel and a textile museum. A holiday home in Indre is the ideal base to visit Le Chatre. A walk through this town will lead you to various sites, medieval half-timbered houses and the old center will conquer your heart.
In Indre you will also find plenty of restaurants and terraces where you can enjoy to your heart's content. The "Galette de pommes de terre" is a specialty from the region and consists of puff pastry and soft mashed potatoes. You can of course also choose to try Pâte Berrichon. This egg pate is also called "Pâté de Pâques" and is made from puff pastry, meat, hard-boiled eggs and parsley. Bon appétit!