Long distance walks: G.R.3 and the Saint Martin trails
The G.R.3 trail (the Loire on foot trail) follows the natural course of the Loire river for nearly 1,250 kilometres, from its source at Mont Gerbier-de-Jonc (07) to its mouth at La Baule (44). In Touraine, the trail passes near several points of interest: Chinon castle, Azay-le-Rideau castle, Amboise castle and Clos-Lucé. It also goes through Tours, the vineyards and the Loire Anjou Touraine Regional Nature Park.
A map of the entire G.R. trail system, including the G.R.3 (map #903), is available for purchase from the IGN. Regional topographical guides are also available, for Touraine, the title of the guide is "Châteaux de la Loire à pied".
For further information: contact the hiking council (Comité départemental de randonnée pédestre).
The "Martin de Tours" cultural hiking trails
A figurehead of the region, the former Bishop of Tours (born in 316, deceased in 397), was a prominent figure across Europe. Visitors can walk in the footsteps of this tireless traveller, choosing among three hiking trails that start in Touraine. The trails are a testament to three major events in the life of Martin: his trip from Poitou to Tours ("sentier de l'évêque de Tours" from Ligugé to Tours, 236 km), his trip to Trêves ("sentier du chemin de Trêves" from Vendôme to Tours, 107 km) and the return of his body upon his death, from Candes-Saint-Martin (sentier de l'été de la Saint Martin from Candes-Saint-Martin to Tours, 114 km). These trails also extend across Europe, towards places of interest related to Saint Martin.
Complete information can be found here: www.saintmartindetours.eu
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