Central France

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If you are looking for a bed and breakfast (chambre d'hote) or self catering cottage (gite) in the Allier, Cher, Creuse or Indre departments of France...click here

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On these pages you will discover places to visit, things to do and see, regional cuisine and customs, famous people from the area, local artists and artisans and more...click here

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Practically every town in France will have a festival or fete, brocante or vide grenier at some point in the year. Everything is celebrated, from fruit and vegetables to frogs and snails...click here

Welcome ~ Bienvennue

 

THE FOUR CENTRAL DEPARTMENTS OF FRANCE Central France: Allier, Cher, Creuse and Indre departments

Central France is one of the last areas of France to be discovered by tourists and as a result, it still remains tranquil, unspoilt and has an air of times gone by. Come here to enjoy delightful scenery (glorious vistas, chateaux, lakes, medieval towns and villages), superb cuisine (a wide variety of regional dishes, many of which are explored in our recipe pages) and a grand palette of regional wines many of which are world renowned. These four departments make up parts of the Limousin, Auvergne and the Centre regions of France. The Cher and Indre are combined to make up an ancient province known as "Le Berry".

What to expect

  • There are no really big cities in any of these four departments, but our main towns of Montluçon, Bourges, Châteauroux and Guéret have plenty of culture, shopping and historical delights on offer for all visitors.
  • The area is steeped in history, with most villages and towns having medieval or older remains.
  • There are numerous wine regions within these four departments including the world renowned Sancerre, in the north-east of Le Cher.
  • Many world famous foods are produced here including the delicious AOC Valençay pyramid goats cheese.
  • There are lots of lovely places to stay and enjoy this area: self catering gites, chambres d'hôtes, hotels and camping sites.

Where are we?

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THE FOUR CENTRAL DEPARTMENTS OF FRANCERight in the middle of France! In fact, the exact geographical centre of France is in a small village called Vesdun, which is in the south-west of Le Cher, pretty much where these four departments all meet.

Each department has an administrative town known as a préfecture: Allier = Moulins; Cher = Bourges; Creuse = Guéret; Indre = Châteauroux.

 

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