The Indre à vélo route

If you liked the Loire by bike, you will certainly like its “little sister”: the Indre à Vélo! This slightly more secret route takes you through the heart of the bucolic countryside between Berry and Touraine.

The Indre à Vélo as an alternative route

For a new cycling holiday in Touraine, another world is possible… or at least another route, marked out by numerous points of interest. Connected to the Loire by bike (at Chenonceaux and Azay-le-Rideau) and to the Coeur de France à Vélo (also at Chenonceaux), the Indre à Vélo offers a 200-kilometre long itinerary to cross Touraine from east to west, passing through the south. Do you follow?

From the majestic Chenonceau castle, if you continue 30 kilometres further south, you will arrive at the gates of the royal city of Loches, through which the Indre flows! Along the river, heading west this time, the fortress of Montbazon, the Candé estate and the Balzac museum are nice stops before reaching Azay-le-Rideau, l’Islette, the Maurice Dufresne museum, and then returning to the Loire by bike (“Loire à Vélo”).

Loches

Loches

L'Indre à Vélo

L'Indre à Vélo

The château of Azay-le-Rideau

The château of Azay-le-Rideau

Recently, our neighbours in the Berry region have also set up a cycle touring route along the Indre, north of the Brenne ponds. You can start your journey from Châteauroux, and cycle to Buzançais and Chatillon-sur-Indre, and then on to Loches.

Map of the Indre à vélo route

The advantage of the Indre à Vélo route: a particularly quiet and bucolic itinerary, with fewer people on the route as well as in the sites to visit. A real greening up, embodied for example by the village garden of Chédigny!

Indre à vélo route

Download a pdf map of the Indre à Vélo route in Touraine:

Practical tips: there are campsites, hotels and guest houses all along the way. Many of them have the “Loire à Vélo” label and have services adapted to cycling visitors.

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