Tours: what to do, what to see...

Once a Gallo-Roman settlement, Tours is now a vibrant university town straddling the Cher and Loire rivers and a traditional gateway for exploring the chateaux of the UNESCO listed Loire Valley. Its Place Plumereau has been voted the most beautiful square in France and the half-timbered houses adorn its old town, whilst the Château of Villandry and Charlemagne Tower provide views as sumptuous as the local Loire wines and DOP pork rillettes.


• The new Centre of Contemporary Creation Olivier Debré (CCCOD) set in the historical cobbled streets
• Place Plumereau in the Old Town, voted the most beautiful square in France by the Lonely Planet Guide
• The River Loire and its banks, listed as UNESCO World Heritage
• The remarkable design of the château and gardens of Villandry
• The cathedral adorned with thousands of colours at night


• An aperitif aboard a traditional boat on the River Loire
• Views of the city centre from Charlemagne Tower
• The Guinguette on the banks of the River Loire offering a unique atmosphere
• The Châteaux of the Loire Vallley, an exceptional heritage
• The “Loire à Vélo” cycle trail to see the Loire Valley a different way


• The Nougat de Tours, THE bakery speciality of the city
• Rosé, white or red Loire Valley wines
• The “Rillettes de Tours” and the “Rillons” local speciality pork dishes
• “Fouées tourangelles” bread rolls filled with rillettes… or whatever you like
• Sainte-Maure de Touraine speciality goat cheese


• A bottle of wine: sparkling or not, rosé, white or red
• “Les poires tappées” pears
• A pot of AOP Rillettes de Tours
• A cake of Nougat de Tours
• A cardboard cut-out of the most beautiful places in Tours

Getting to Tours