Things to do when camping in Indre-et-Loire
A camping holiday in Indre-et-Loire caters to the needs of many different kinds of holidaymakers. The wonderful landscapes are primed for leisurely or adventurous outdoor pursuits, while the charming castles and enchanting towns of the department are perfect for fans of culture and heritage.
In the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Park, an area of outstanding beauty shared with the bordering department of Maine-et-Loire, visitors can enjoy open-air outings through a diverse landscape of pastureland, fields, green valleys, rivers and woodland. A range of activities are enjoyed by campers including horse riding, fishing, walking, hiking, mountain biking and river kayaking.
Due to the vast array of historical buildings in the department, it’s highly recommended to visit one or more of the spectacular palaces, castles and chateaux in Indre-et-Loire. The architectural wonders are an excellent place to discover not only the history and heritage of the region, but of the entire nation.
One of the most recognisable chateau in the department and spanning the Le Cher River, Chenonceau was constructed in the 16th century. Visitors can find out more about the chateau whilst viewing antique furniture, tapestries and fine art during an interesting and intriguing tour before enjoying a peaceful walk around the well-tended gardens and some nice cuisine in the restaurant.
The renaissance palace of Château de Villandry more than matches Chenonceau, and features a beautiful garden and amazing maze. To fully appreciate the history and heritage behind the building, it’s again recommended that visitors sign-up for one of the tours.
With a beautiful setting overlooking the Loire River, the characterful Château Royal d'Amboise features renaissance and gothic architecture, and has been home to many a French monarch. Packed with fine art, tapestries and no shortage of fascinating stories, the castle ranks among the best in the department.
With more than its fair share of castles and palaces, Indre-et-Lore has many more worth visiting if you have the time, namely Château du Clos Lucé, Château de Langeais, Château de Loches, Château de Montpoupon and Château de l'Islette.
Saint-Gatien Cathedral, the Beaux-Arts de Tours Museum and the cafe-lined Place Plumereau Square are some of the best places to visit in Tours, a lively town with good shopping and dining experiences. From the town of Chinon, campers with a love for wine can plan trips to local wineries and vineyards such as Domaine Couly-Dutheil, Pierre and Bertrand COULY or Domaine de Noiré.