Visit Tours – A tale of two cities
In a perfect location, Tours is the great capital of the Loire Valley, a Unesco world heritage site, 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, the Hotel Gouïn (Renaissance architecture), Tours castle, the ‘la Psalette’ cloister and the Saint Martin Basilica is of great interest! You will enjoy those monuments through a great illuminated walking experience.
A lively city, a great place to live in
In addition to the built heritage, large green spaces perfectly enhance the city. Designed in the 19th century and classified as a remarkable garden, the Prebendes d’Oe garden is a perfect example, as is the botanic garden and the Gloriette park. Attached to the latter, the practice of La Gloriette Golf may allow you to make your first swing!
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 free sound and light show projected onto the Fine Art Museum 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