Visit Tours – A tale of two cities
In a perfect location in the heart of an area of outstanding heritage, Tours is the great capital of the Loire Valley, but it is far more than just a gateway to the Loire Chateaux. Indeed, Tours delights in being charming and doesn’t think twice about playing a double game in order to do so.
Visit Tours and its beautiful architecture full of history
First of all, there is its historical heritage. The birthplace of Balzac is proud of its historical quarters, which take visitors on a wonderful journey back in time. The narrow cobbled streets, half-timbered houses and the stone façade of the monumental Saint-Gatien Cathedral give the city a charming medieval air.
The architecture of the ‘Beaux Arts’ Arts Museum, Tours castle, the ‘la Psalette’ cloister and the Saint Martin Basilica is of great interest! Do not miss the ‘Prébendes d’Oé’ garden, which was designed during the 19th century and considered to be outstanding!
A lively city, a great place to live in
It is also very pleasant to go shopping, to have a look at the exhibitions at the Olivier Debré Contemporary Creation Centre, to relax at the summer ‘guinguette’, situated along the banks of the Loire River from which you can see the traditional boats (belonging to the Boutavant association). You may also be tempted to go on board for a fifty minute cruise on the river!
For night owls, a stopover in Tours also gives them an opportunity to treat themselves to a show, an evening in one of the many bars and cafés in the Old Town or a front seat at the sound and light show projected onto the cathedral façade every evening in the summer.
Visit Tours in video
Practical: Tours Val de Loire Tourist Office
http://www.tours-tourism.co.uk – +033 (0)2 47 70 37 37