This lovely part of France , Allier , begs to be discovered. The rolling hills , each with different views over the meadows with grazing cattle and sheep . Wheat and sunflower fields invite you to go walking and cycling for hours .
The picturesque villages with friendly bakeries , cafes and markets There you can buy everything for a well-stocked picnic basket such as sausages , honey , homemade cheeses and fruits and marmalades; you cannot ignore them !
The famous " La Forêt de Tronçais , a 11.000ha oak forest with horses walking and cycling routes , and many lakes and ponds , offers many opportunities for sports activities . There are bicycles and mountain bikes to hire and there can be fished and swimmed in the lakes. The nearest lake with sandy beach , water slide and playground, is already 10 minutes away ! Further, a canoe can be held on the river , where you can enjoy the silence , the beautiful scenery and the many sand martins.
This region is known for its medieval castles , many with beautifully landscaped flowers and vegetable gardens and beautifully decorated. The ancient cities such as Bourges , Nevers , Moulins and Montlucon with their half-timbered houses , old streets and cathedrals invite for a nice break on the terrace , a day of shopping , visiting museums , etc. etc. The closest town with its Romanesque St.Amand history , is 15 minutes away It has all amenities, including supermarkets, several museums , a lively center with restaurants , an indoor pool with sauna and hammam .
There are also opportunities to play golf , go-karting , play tennis and going for a day amusement park or zoo .
From spring till autumn there are cozy flea markets , medieval festivals and many exhibitions etc. left
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