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Experience the rustic grandeur of Central France when you explore this region, renowned for its ancient vineyards, medieval castles and World-Heritage cathedral.

The department of Cher encompasses some of France’s finest winemaking country. Its beautiful scenery embraces a range of sensory delights. Along with neighboring department Indre, Cher is a part of the historic and cultural region of Berry and has long been celebrated for its regional cuisine and agricultural prominence. Explore the department’s gently rolling hillsides crosshatched by vineyards and overlooked by ancient castles. Taste the delicately distinctive provincial fare and marvel at the heritage beauty of Cher’s medieval villages.

A great place to start is the city of Bourges, the former Berry provincial capital. Bourges’ architectural landmarks are infused with the city’s long-held artistic tradition. The 12th-century Bourges Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a spectacular example of Gothic design. Visit museums within ornate mansions and admire French Renaissance architecture and a neighborhood of heritage half-timbered houses. Other highlights include the ruins of Gallo-Roman walls and the early 15th-century Jacques Cœur Palace.

In southern Cher, visit Apremont-sur-Allier, a beautiful village famed for its gardens. See a medieval castle and historic buildings when you tour nearby Sagonne and Dun-sur-Auron. More heritage landmarks in the south include the medieval gardens in Maisonnais’ priory and the 12th-century abbey in Noirlac. In the north, view the picturesque castle overlooking Aubigny-sur-Nere and the 11th-century church near Brinon-sur-Sauldre.

Wine aficionados and novices can tour the region of Sancerre in northern Cher. Follow the ridge overlooking the Loire Valley and visit a selection of celebrated wineries. The region is known for its sauvignon vines and flinty-tasting varietals. Sample regional cuisine made from local ingredients, including chicken cooked in brandy and a traditional soup of pickled pork, vegetables and cream.

Explore Cher by following the Route Jacques Cœur, crossing the region from north to south and presenting a wide range of highlights. Reach the department by flying into the international airport in Bourges. Travel around Cher by car to reach the small villages and historic monuments scattered throughout the department.

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