Loches, a royal surprise!
The gateway to southern Touraine, Loches is the perfect representation of the architectural transition that gradually took place during the Renaissance.
On Wednesdays, the historic centre welcomes one of the loveliest markets in Touraine, where the best local produce is prominently displayed. A city with remarkable architecture, Loches is also the gateway to the rolling landscapes of southern Touraine.
Visit Loches and its castle
The Loches castle dates to the Renaissance with its more elaborate silhouette. You will also see vestiges of the city's rich medieval past, include fortifications, the impressive 44 metre-high keep and the Saint-Ours collegiate church (near the Lansyer mueum).
The town below is charming with its City Hall, the Chancellery and numerous traditional shops.
Gardens of the keep of Loches. Photo Credit: Stevens Frémont.
The castle of Loches. Photo credit: Gillard et Vincent.
Things to do around Loches
There are many other points of interest: Montrésor (one of the most beautiful villages of France), the Montpoupon castle, a prehistory museum in the Grand- Pressigny village, the Vignemont troglodyte quarries, the château-monastère de la Corroirie (castle/monastery) and the Chartreuse du Liget, the Guerche and Bridoré castles.
Leisure activities include many hiking opportunities, as well as the Loire à Vélo cycling route’s “little sister”: l'Indre à Vélo! We should also mention the Loches-Verneuil golf course, canoeing down the Creuse river, the Haute-Touche wildlife park, the lake of Chemillé-sur-Indrois, and the Louroux pond (a protected natural site).
In short, you won’t have any trouble finding things to do during your well-deserved week-long holiday in Touraine!
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