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The city of art and history, the gateway to the Loire region, located at the heart of an area exceptionally rich in heritage.

The city of art and history, the gateway to the Loire region, located at the heart of an area exceptionally rich in heritage.

Population: 138.268

Tours is the ideal place for a short "city break" holiday in the Loire. There are also many hiking trails around Tours. It takes less than one hour by train from Tours to Paris Known for its quiet atmosphere, Tours is a city that really has to be experienced, with its first rate cultural heritage and the added energy of some 40,000 resident students!

Attractions in Tours include the well-preserved historic centre, the fine arts museum with its splendid collection, a magnificent cathedral and the basilica that houses the tomb of Saint Martin, the trade guild heritage, shopping areas, the flavours of the daily markets, covered markets and the flea market, the vivacious gastronomy, a lively guinguette café during the warm season. in short, great experiences are awaiting you in Tours!

Tours sits at an elevation of 108m above sea level. Winter (December to February) sees the coldest time in the city, with highs averaging only 5 °C to 6 °C. The hottest time of the year (July to August) still stays relatively cool with temperatures around 19 °C. Weather in Tours rarely reaches temperatures greater than 20 °C, and due to the elevation stays cold most of the year.


Tours, with its extensive rail (including TGV) and autoroute links to the rest of the country.

Tours has two main stations: the central station Gare de Tours, and Gare de Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, just outside the centre. Tours has a tram system, and a bus service, the main central stop being Jean Jaures, the high street of Tours. The tram and bus networks are operated by Fil Bleu and they share a ticketing system.

One-way Ticket (Local Transport):  1.50 €   

Monthly Pass (Regular Price):  37.00 €

Place Plumereau: The main attraction in Tours, is in and around where the old town (vieille ville or 'le Vieux Tours') is found. Place Plumereau is also a great place to sit at one of the cafes and enjoy people-watching.

View along the river in Tours: There are also a number of splendid and grand houses dating from the Renaissance period found in this part of the town. 

The Cathedral Saint-Gatien: is centrally placed, and contains the tombs of the children of Charles VIII. Most notable, although part of the cathedral dates from the 12th century, is so-called 'flamboyant gothic' style.

The cloisters of la Psalette: An impressive structure in a mix of architectural styles with elaborate stonework and a beautiful renaissance staircase. In part of the cloisters you can see the room where religious chanting was practiced.

The Museum of Fine Arts: housed in the Archbishops Palace. There is also a cedar tree in the garden of the Archbishops palace, famous for being planted by Napoleon.


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