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.

Things to do

In chateau country in Indre-et-Loire

Indre-et-Loire is a montage of soaring turrets and spiked keeps, coned castles and fairy-tale citadels that look like something plucked straight from Game of Thrones. The sheer wealth of chateaus in the region has been noticed by UNESCO – they declared much of the area a World Heritage Site in 2000. Jewels in the crown include the grand city of Tours, its streets fringed with half-timbered medieval homes that spread around the leafy Jardin Botanique de Tours arboretum. There's also the unmissable Chateau de Chambord, a masterpiece of the French Renaissance that's sure to get the camera clicking.


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.


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.

How to get there

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.

How many vacation rentals are available around Indre-et-Loire, FR?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 2,270 vacation rentals around Indre-et-Loire. From 325 bungalow rentals to 492 studio vacation rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

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 Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Amboise: 471 vacation rentals
  • Tours: 517 vacation rentals
  • Chinon: 289 vacation rentals
  • Cigogné: 377 vacation rentals
  • Azay-le-Rideau: 248 vacation rentals

And Vrbo 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:

  • Amboise: 471 rentals
  • Tours: 517 rentals
  • Chinon: 289 rentals
  • Cigogné: 377 rentals
  • Azay-le-Rideau: 248 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): 990 vacation rentals
  • Val De Loire Airport (TUF): 883 vacation rentals
  • Saint-Pierre-des-Corps Airport (XSH): 895 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?

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

  • Chateau de Chenonceau: 1,064 rentals
  • Domaine Jean-Maurice Raffault: 617 rentals
  • Prieure de St-Cosme: 835 rentals
  • Chateau Azay-Le-Rideau: 829 rentals
  • Chateau de Nitray: 1,047 rentals

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

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