South of Paris, in the Centre-Val de Loire, between the Burgundy and the Loire Valley, lies Cher. Only 600km away from Belgium you can already enjoy an exceptional climate, where mass tourism is not known yet.
There are plenty of attractions, with the capital Bourges as its highlight. The Saint-Etienne de Bourges is one of the most famous cathedrals in France. Although there are many other picturesque villages that will definitely appeal to you, such as Saint-Amand-Montrond, Drevant, Aubginy-sur-Nère, Lignières and Sidialles.
The historic route Jacques-Coeur is ideal to explore this region. The many castles are a must for lovers of beautiful architecture. The Castle of Ainay-le-Vieil, with its gardens, the Castle of La Chapelle-d’Angillon, the Castle of Culan and the Castle of Menetou Salon are all on a true admirer’s bucket-list. But the Noirlac abbey, the Notre Dame d’Orsan gardens and the George Sand house are all exceptional places as well.
The landscape is characterized by open plains, wheat fields, forests and lakes. Because the environment is not too hilly it is a perfect cycling area, but hiking and nature lovers will also find their pleasure here. The forest of Chateauroux, the forest of Tronçais, the natural park of La Brenne or just Sologne are all highly recommended. The many vineyards of Sancerrois are heaven on earth for wine lovers.
To summarize, in Cher you will take a dip in nature and architecture.