Every summer, the “châteaux” put on their costumes from early June to the end of August. The “châteaux” of Amboise, Azay le Rideau, Chenonceau, Villandry and Semblancay offer sound and light shows to brighten up your summer evenings. Discover the hidden elements of the”châteaux”.
It is the planet of current music, talent is show-cased by internationals, nationals, regional and up and coming artists. It is a green planet that is environmental friendly and of those who host it. Even the children have their own space. Welcome to “Terre du son”.
With its 4600 animals the Beauval Zoo is a magical and unforgettable place. A few rare species like the koala, the white rhinoceros, okapi, white tiger …
Less than two hours by car you will be taken back in time to the past through reconstructed villages and shows.
With its agreeable landscape, its mild climate and its preserved natural spaces Touraine is a privileged land of expression for the cycling enthusiasts (hobbits) Take pleasure in a family stroll and enjoy the sightseeing that’s on offer on the 150 km of cycle tracks.
A visit of Tours would not be complete without experiencing the “Guingette” (café with music and dancing in the open). You can go on your own or with your family for a stroll, have a drink. Stride over the floor to follow the music or simply to relax. “Guingette” spirit, a supply of good humor by the bank of the Loire.
Touraine has a concentration of the most spectacular châteaux along the Loire from the middle age to the Renaissance. Dive into French history and discover Chenonceau and Amboise châteaux from XVI century, Loches from XI century.
Famous writers lived and left their mark on the region. You can discover the Rabelais museum, Ronsart’s house, Balzac’s museum etc…
A variety of gardens are open to you. Discover the gardens of Villandry, Chaumont sur Loire, Valmer etc…
The airport is located 10 min drive from the city center and the train station. Nearby are the motorways to Paris (A10), Le Mans (A28), and Angers (A85).
The half-timbered medieval houses line lanes date from Roman times. At its heart, relaxed Place Plumereau, the centre of Tours’ nightlife, is filled to the brim with café tables.More info: Between pl. des Halles and rue Nationale
The beautiful stained glass windows illuminate Cathedral St Gatien. This majestic building includes Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture, a real gem for everyone interested in architecture.Address: pl. de la Cathédrale, Tours
In these lovely Gothic-Renaissance cloisters, an elaborate open-sided staircase spirals up to elegant galleries. The round tower alongside was part of the city’s Roman wall.Address: 7 rue de la Psalette, ToursPhone: +33 2 47 47 05 19
Hôtel Goüin / Musée Archéologique is home of a 15th-century silk merchant and a masterpiece of ornate, lavish Renaissance decoration inside and out. This is Tours’ main historical museum.Address: 25 rue du Commerce, ToursPhone: +33 2 47 66 22 32Website: www.musee-gouin.fr
This unique museum deals with the history of craft guilds that represented rope makers, wood turners, clog makers and similar occupations. Right next to the museum you can find another museum about wine.Address: 8 rue Nationale, ToursPhone: +33 2 47 61 07 93Website: www.museecompagnonnage.fr
If you want to go out for a relaxing walk, the Loire is a great place to head for. You will find walkways alongside the river, perfect for pleasant and quiet walks beside the water.Address: Loire, Tours
At Musée des Beaux Arts you can find works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Degas and Delacroix, all gathered here in the old Archbishops’ Palace. In the courtyard there is a 200-year-old tree and a 100-year-old stuffed circus elephant.Address: 18 pl. F. Sicard, ToursPhone: +33 2 47 05 68 73Website: www.mba.tours.fr
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Fresh authentic, the recipes of the regions are a must to have. Strolling along the medieval streets of Place Plumereau, Colbert streets why not stop and taste the products of our region. For a more festive ambiance, let’s meet on the banks of the Loire to share a friendly moment with Tours and Rochecorbon guingette (cabaret).
Touraine is a generous land with many vines that will make wine lovers happy. Chinon, Vouvray, Bourgueil and Montlouis sur Loire in total more than ten AOC to discover through the touristic circuits the wine road and to test in your Interloire shop.
Charles Barrier is a leading light in the region’s restaurant scene, with top quality seafood, the best local wines and superb desserts. You can find this gem on the Loire’s north bank.Address: 101 ave de la Tranchée, ToursPhone: +33 2 47 54 20 39Website: www.charles-barrier.fr
This is one of the best in an Old Quarter street that is home to many inexpensive eating places with classic menus. The restaurant is very small with a pleasant atmosphere.Address: 58 rue Colbert, ToursPhone: +33 2 47 66 05 81
If an Indian meal takes your fancy, this tandoori restaurant in Vieux Tours is inexpensive and has great food. A warm and welcoming place where you can enjoy your dinner to the soft traditional music played in the background.Address: 65 rue Colbert, ToursPhone: +33 2 47 64 34 04Website: www.surya-restaurant-indien-37.fr
Le Roche Le Roy is one of the classiest places in town. The restaurant is situated in a handsome 18th-century manor house with pretty gardens. The top chef serves high quality dishes.Address: 55 rte St Avertin, ToursPhone: +33 2 47 27 22 00Website: www.rocheleroy.com
La Deuvaliere offers reasonably priced lunch menus. This popular restaurant is situated in an attractive old house. Here you can truly expect good value for money.Address: 18 rue de la Monnair, ToursPhone: +33 2 47 64 01 57Website: www.restaurant-ladeuvaliere.com
Au Temps des Rois is one of the most popular bars in Vieux Tours, with good atmosphere and music. Both young and old are welcome to this English decorated venue.Address: 3 pl Plumereau, ToursOpening hours: Mon-Sun 9 am-2 am
This popular mainstream brasserie is part of a nationwide chain. La Taverne de Maître Kanter is open seven days a week for food, drinks and a convivial atmosphere from noon to midnight.Address: 48 rue Nationale, ToursPhone: +33 2 47 05 66 84
L'Annexe is a bar and restaurant that serves “dishes of the day”. The menu also offers salads, grilled fish and tasty desserts like chocolate cake and Crème Brûlée. If a sunny day you can enjoy your food and drink on the large terrace.Address: 9 Place Jean Jaurès, ToursPhone: +33 2 47 20 62 12Website: www.lannexe-cafe.fr
This small place provides wide selections of teas. You will find all kinds of black teas, green teas and red teas. They also serve coffee and to accompany your drink there is always something sweet on the menu like cake or pastry.Address: 19 Rue Jules Favre, ToursPhone: +33 2 47 60 98 46Website: www.brunch-et-gout-the.com
Bagels & Coffees is located in the centre of the town. Here you can enjoy delicious bagels with Parma ham, mozzarella and other tasty filling accompanied with hot beverages. They also serve muffins and donuts.Address: 13 rue du commerce, ToursPhone: +33 6 76 69 49 26Website: www.bagelsandcoffees.com
Place Plumereau or “Place Plum” as the tourangeaux call it, is the center of nocturnal animations with a lot of bars and restaurants. The medieval half-timbered houses from the XV century add a unique charm to your festive evenings.
The Centre Dramatique Régional is a real treat for all culture vultures. If your French is good, visit the city centre’s slickest, newest theatre, for classic drama performances.Address: Nouvel Olympia, 7 rue de Lucé, ToursPhone: +33 2 47 64 50 50Website: www.cdrtours.fr
If you feel like enjoying a night at the opera you should go to Grand Théâtre de Tours, one of the city’s principal venues. Here you can choose from a full programme throughout the year.Address: 34 rue de la Scellerie, ToursPhone: +33 2 47 60 20 00Website: www.operadetours.fr
Cabaret Nello is a dinner show that offers a real good time with glitzy entertainment. This will be an evening full of laughter and a place for you to enjoy dance shows and funny sketches.Address: 8 rue Auguste Chevallier, ToursPhone: +33 2 47 39 12 11Website: www.cabaretnello.com
Another great venue that lets you enjoy music is the Petit Faucheux. This celebrated jazz venue hosts performers from around the country in a varied programme.Address: 12 rue Léonard de Vinci, ToursPhone: +33 2 47 38 67 62Website: www.petitfaucheux.fr
Le Pym´s is ideally located in the city centre. This nightclub offers two rooms with different moods and different music style. This is claimed to be the leading dance and music club in Tours.Address: 170 av Grammont, ToursPhone: +33 2 47 66 22 22Website: www.lepyms.com
Why not come to tours for a shopping experience or a stroll by our pedestrian street “rue de Bordeaux”and“rue Nationale”.
The small, modern Aeroport de Tours-Val de Loire is located on the edge of the city, 7 kilometres from the centre. If you would like to rent a car you will find several car rental companies here. There is a shuttle bus running between the airport and the city centre. The shuttle bus costs €6.50 one way. If flying to and from London, by far the easiest and quickest way into town is on the shuttle bus for London passengers. It runs to the railway station in Tours city centre. You can of course always take a taxi which is available outside the airport terminal. A taxi costs approximately €15-30 to the city centre.Address: Aeroport de Tours-Val de Loire, ToursPhone: +33 2 47 49 37 00Website: http://www.tours.aeroport.fr