The region groups together the eastern part of the Loire Valleyand the Massif Central, two areas which differ greatly, yet both possess their own beauty. This part of France is relatively un-marketed to tourists and as a result, visitors to the area will find it a refreshing break from the more crowded holiday destinations. If you like the idea of peace and quit, friendly people and feeling of stepping back in time by a few decades, the you will love Central France.
The city of Tours has a reputation of being the place where the purest French is spoken. It is a very pleasant town, often referred to as a miniature Paris, and it makes a good base for exploring the many châteaux found in this region. A lively student population ensures a good nightlife, most of which is centered around the Place Plumereau in the heart of the old town.
Amboise is a town nestled under its most impressive, fortified château. Though rich in history, it has retained much of the traditional flavour of a small, provincial French town. Leonardo da Vinci lived the last three years of his life in Amboise, in a manor house called Le Clos Lucé. I now houses an exhibition of some of his inventions, constructed by using his original notes.
Vichy is a well known spa resort and a very pretty town in in the Massif Central. The Grand Casino, the Opera House and a large park have ensured that Vichy is a great favourite with both French and foreign visitors. As an added bonus, the town offers excellent water sports facilities.