Ancient Gallo-Roman city, then capital of the Kingdom of France, Tours enjoys an exceptional location in the centre of the Loire Valley. From the 4th century onwards, the influence of Saint Martin, Bishop of Tours, and the cult of his relics led to the creation of a new centre of activity. The building became one of the high places of Western Christianity. In the 14th century, the city experienced a new boom with the silk industry. Cradle of the first French Renaissance, Tours still bears the signs of unprecedented artistic development, such as the top of the cathedral towers, the remains of the Saint-Martin cloister, the Gouin and Babou de la Bourdaisière hotels... Quiet, superb and pleasant city, methodically organized into small districts of very different minds, you can only be seduced by its charm. The half-timbered houses, the Saint-Gatien cathedral, the Wilson bridge (old stone bridge) and the castle are not to be missed, as is the Place Plumereau, a former market square, pedestrian and historical district, with the Saint-Martin basilica and the Charlemagne tower, which houses many cafés and restaurants. Known as the capital of the French garden, Tours also enhances its 630 hectares of green spaces. It organizes Green Day every year, at the end of April or beginning of May.

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When to go to Tours?

When to come to Tours? Cradle of the French Renaissance, Tours is open all year round and boasts a fantastic historical, artistic and architectural heritage. Nevertheless, with Tours giving pride of place to green spaces, the months of April-May-June and September-October are certainly the best period: the weather is pleasant (although a little humid) and the city relatively quiet. Due to its proximity to the castles of the Loire Valley, the city is very popular in summer, the hotel park is more expensive and tourists (French and foreign) numerous.

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When to come to Tours? Cradle of the French Renaissance, Tours is open all year round and boasts a fantastic histori...
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The climate enjoyed by Tours is a temperate climate of a degraded oceanic type. The city is characterized by average...
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