The Centre-Val de Loire Region includes 6 departments: Cher, Eure-et-Loir, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loiret and Loir-et-Cher. A rural and relatively sparsely populated territory, but with a strong demographic development, it is home to only two metropolises of more than 400,000 inhabitants, Tours and Orléans. Then there are the charming cities with their historic centres: Blois, Bourges or Chartres. Crossed by the Loire Valley, this territory is especially known for its sumptuous castles, and particularly the most famous of them, the castle of Chenonceau and the castle of Chambord. It is also a popular wine destination for its white wines, including Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. In addition, the Centre-Val de Loire, with its gentle relief, is a particularly suitable destination for cycle tourism with itineraries totalling 800 km in length (La Loire à Vélo) and hiking. The Beauval zoo is pampering its famous baby panda, christened by the First Lady of France

Castles should not make you forget the cathedrals! Those of Chartres, Orleans, Tours or Bourges are as many jewels. You should also see the Jacques-Cœur palace in Bourges and the Briare canal bridge. The banks of the Loire River, rolling forests, villages and fields make up a romantic and charming landscape. All in all, an inspiring country, that of Descartes, Rabelais, Balzac, Proust and George Sand... So bring your Petit Futé Centre-Val-de-Loire to review your history of France and prepare for your stay!

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When to go to Central?

Touraine, Sologne, Berry, Beauce... These lands evoke a certain sweetness, but don't trust them too much. It is best to plan your stay in the Centre-Val de Loire in the summer, as the grey and rainy weather is not suitable for rural landscapes. The high tourist season is the summer, during which you will often queue to discover the Loire castles or to visit the Beauval zoo. However, summer is a pleasant season to hike in the shade of the woods. For cycling tourism, prefer spring. River tourism is reserved for the beautiful season. As for the discovery of the vineyards, it is in autumn you will have the most beautiful landscapes. The Centre-Val de Loire is a destination that is well suited to families and particularly to grandparents with their grandchildren who can take advantage of stays around the history of France scheduled during the school holidays. It is during the summer season that you can admire the most beautiful night-time sound and light shows on the facades of the Loire castles. In winter, you can enjoy a pleasant stay in Orléans. Schedule your visit for the Christmas market, you won't be disappointed. But the festivals on the banks of the Loire River in summer are also worth the detour. In Tours, we celebrate in 2020 the 220th anniversary of the birth of Balzac and every year, at the beginning of July, the USA with the American Tours Festival, 100 % US culture! So finally, the best time to go to the Centre-Val de Loire will be in the summer for hiking, cycling and other outdoor activities, but you can plan your stay during other seasons according to your interests.

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