A spectacular summer of Sounds and Lights shows!

When summer arrives, let the show begin! As soon as night falls, monuments buzz with cheerful yet refined excitement: here and there people patiently wait for the first sound and light shows to appear, heralding the start of the evening.

Sounds, lights and fabulous evenings!

As the sun goes down, visitors are immersed in a welcoming sweet, dreamlike atmosphere. In the gardens at Villandry, for example, if we usually enjoy the countless candles that make up the fairy-tale decor of the nights of a thousand lights, it is a candlelight stroll that is planned exceptionally this year, on 6 and 7 August 2021.

A perfect romantic outing, like the evening walks in the park of the Château de Chenonceau, set to the music of the great Italian composers of the Renaissance (on the other hand, you will have to wait until 2022 to enjoy wine tasting under the stars again, with the local wine growers of the AOC “touraine-chenonceaux”).

Wine tasting under the star - Château of Chenonceau

Wine tasting under the star - Château of Chenonceau

Nights of a thousand lights - Villandry

Nights of a thousand lights - Villandry

Sounds and lights shows in Tours…

The city centre in Tours is a pleasant place for a stroll due to the many pubs, restaurants, shops and the summer “guinguette”.  As for at night, follow the illuminated walking tour in the city highlighting the main historical monuments. In addition, the projection show “Renaissance nights is not to be missed.

…and the solar nights of Montrésor

Montresor, a charming and peaceful village near Loches, gets quite lively during the “solar nights”. It is a wonderful way to discover the beauty of the local chateau.

Solar nights of Montrésor, France. Sounds and lights shows

Solar nights of Montrésor

Historical shows

Usually, many spectators discover during the summer the night show in Semblançay (Scénoféerie de Semblançay), which unfolds before our eyes the history of Touraine through the centuries. For the past 30 years, enthusiasts have been putting on about fifteen performances of this sound and light show each year, to the delight of audiences of all ages.

If the health situation in 2021 does not allow this event to be maintained this year, here is nevertheless a small preview:

L’Islette by night

The castle of Islette is not in rest, with magnificent evenings (every Wednesday from July 21 to August 18): “L’Islette under the stars“.

Sound and light show in L'Islette castle - Azay-le-Rideau, France.

The chateau of L’Islette – Azay-le-Rideau


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