A Mecca of the French Renaissance, Indre-et-Loire invites you to discover its exceptionally rich heritage, from natural and historical treasures to artistic and architectural jewels. Famous for its Loire castles, remarkable buildings classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it also offers you the presence of exceptional gardens. Tours is one of the most beautiful cities in France, recognized worldwide by UNESCO. Yes, Indre-et-Loire is a department that must be visited. Here, the Renaissance castles -Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceau, Amboise - rub shoulders with the medieval fortresses - Chinon, Loches... The French history courses are repeated in Indre-et-Loire along the Loire, the last wild river in Europe. This destination offers visitors an exceptional historical, architectural and natural heritage, and you will find the mild climate that attracted the kings of France. The history of Château de Chenonceau is marked by an almost uninterrupted succession of women who built, embellished, protected, restored and saved it. The Loire and its tributaries have shaped its landscapes and made it a rich land. From the monumental Loire Valley to the bright countryside, between vineyard landscapes and charming villages, each territory displays its own identity

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When to visit this high place of the French Renaissance? Indre-et-Loire invites you all year round to discover its exceptionally rich heritage, from natural and historical treasures to artistic and architectural jewels. Famous for its Loire castles, these remarkable buildings listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Touraine also offers us the presence of its exceptional gardens, its beautiful typical villages, as well as its cities of art and history, a collection of twenty-two castles and major sites that reveal each of the fundamental chapters of French history. Discover their majestic architecture, neat gardens and hidden treasures, through an exciting journey through the splendid scenery of the landscapes.

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Que faire lors d'un week-end à Tours ?

Capital of Touraine, city located on the banks of the Loire and the Cher, Tours is an ideal destination to escape for a weekend or more! An ancient Gallo-Roman city, it reveals superb vestiges of past eras. It is very pleasant to walk or cycle through it, and to go from one district to another to soak up their identity. A student city, it is always very lively, with squares lined with bars and streets full of restaurants. Gastronomy is an ...

Les châteaux de Touraine bientôt à l'heure de Noël

In Touraine, we love to celebrate the magic of Christmas, especially in the great historical places. The castles of Chenonceau, Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry, Langeais, the Royal Fortress of Chinon and the Royal City of Loches all take on the magical world of the end-of-year festivities and decorate their spaces with superb lights, candles, Christmas trees, paper treats and other enchanting plants. Christmas in the Land of Castles is ...

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