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Tours is one of the most appealing cities of the Loire and supposedly where the purest French in spoken. It is rich in history and a well preserved heritage, Tours is a city of captivating charm.
Tours (Indre-et-Loire) mini guide
Tours has a cosmopolitan, prosperous feel to it with wide boulevards, public gardens and a well restored historic centre. There is a thriving university which is cultivating economic development with many cultural and sports activities. Tours is the original home of the French language and the "art de vivre".
Tours is called "Le Jardin de la France" ("The Garden of France"). There are several parks located within the city. Tours is located between two rivers, the Loire on the north and the Cher on the south. The buildings of Tours are white with blue slate (called Ardoise) roofs, this style is common in the north of France.
There are many reasons to visit Tours including the opportunity to sample some of the crisp white Vouvray and Montlouis wines and explore the region's castles such as Chenonceau, Langeais and Villandry!
‘Le Vieux Tours’ is the famous old part of the city, with its medieval half-timbered houses, courtyards and Place Plumereau. Place Plumereau is a square with cafés, chic boutiques, museums, art galleries, busy pubs and restaurants, whose open-air tables fill the centre of the square. Boulevard Beranger crosses Rue Nationale at Place Jean-Jaures and is the location of weekly markets and fairs.
Near the cathedral, in the garden of the ancient Palais des Archevêques (now Musée des Beaux-Arts), is a huge cedar tree, planted by Napoleon.
|Department:||Central France > Loire Valley > Indre-et-Loire >|
|Location:||55 minutes from the centre of Paris by high speed train. Tours is a city of captivating charm.|
Tours does not have a metro rail system, instead there is a very efficient bus service, the main central stop being Jean Jaures, which is next to the Hôtel de Ville, and rue Nationale, the high street of Tours. A tram is planned to be built in the next few years.
|Tourist information website:||http://www.ligeris.com/index_us.html|
|Tourist information contact email:||email@example.com|
|Tourist information switch board number:||+ 33 (0)2 47 70 37 37|
|Tourist information address:||78-82 rue Bernard Palissy - BP 4201 - 37042 TOURS Cedex 1|
|Quick links to accommodation:||Accommodation near Tours (Indre-et-Loire) - Hotels in Tours (Indre-et-Loire)|
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