Welcome to the Bouchardais
The Bouchardais is a canton in France’s Loire Valley.
It is located in the Vienne river valley. (The Vienne is a major tributary of the Loire river.)
It is situated part way between Chinon and Loches on the east-west axis,
and between Azay-le-Rideau on the north-south axis.
It consists of 15 communities set on the left and right banks of the Vienne which
are clustered around the main town of L’Ile Bouchard.
Its convenient location,
close to the magnificent châteaux and major heritage sites composing France’s “grand patrimoine”,
makes the Bourchardais a perfect place to discover the region’s
“petit patrimoine” of charming villages, medieval churches, fortressed farms,
private castles, and even a small handful of Neolithic dolmen.
If you like outdoor and recreational activities, the Bouchardais offers
a variety of ways to enjoy your stay. Water sports include canoeing, fishing and swimming in the Vienne river.
For those who prefer their feet on solid ground, there are hiking trails traversing forest and field, town and village,
river and stream. Or follow lazily winding country roads on bike or by car.
As the Bouchardais is a major wine producing area, vineyards and wineries abound, including
one of the most extraordinary wine caves you will ever come across.
Add to this the artists and artisans who call the Bouchardais home and the many cultural
activities and village fairs which take place in the summer months.
Okay, you say, that all sounds lovely, but I also want to experience some of that famous French cooking. Can I find good food? Nice restaurants? And what about accommodations…a pleasant place to rest after a full day’s activities?
Imagine, if you will, opening the door of a local restaurant, where the hostess leads you onto a terrace and seats you at a table with a magnificent view of the countryside. After being served an apéritif, the waiter brings you a delicious meal prepared with local products, accompanied by a bottle of local wine.
And to sleep, check into a charming bed-and-breakfast, where you doze off as soon as your head hits the pillow. Or for longer stays, you can rent a gîte – a vacation house equipped with all the comforts of home. Wherever you go and wherever you stay, you will always find a warm welcome.
The Tourist Office will be opened from
- March 26th till June 30th from Thursday till Saturday as well as on May 15th
- Everyday from July 1st till August 31st
- September 1st till October 29th from Thursday till Saturday as well as on September 18th, October 30th and October 31st
From 10 am till 1 pm and 2 pm till 6 pm