Tours is a charming French city known for producing fine wines and having spectacular religious attractions. It lies within the Indre-et-Loire department and on the lower area of Loire River. The best time to go sightseeing in Tours is during summertime so make sure to book a cheap hotel between June and August. Try to avoid making hotel reservations between December and February when the weather can get extremely cold. Find the best rate and deals in cheap hotels online.
Where To Stay
Get cheap rates by staying at Sejours & Affaires Tours Leonard de Vinci Hotel, which is an apart-hotel in the city center that features a new cafe, breakfast room, lobby and car park. Those who are searching for an affordable accommodation in the beautiful Loire Valley would find comfort during their stay at the Stars Sud Hotel. This modern hotel is just a few minutes away from the Vallee du Cher and the magnificent castles in that area.
Gregory of Tours who wrote the “Ten Books of History” played an important role in the history of the city in the 6th century when he restored the cathedral that was burned down in 561. Tours was composed of two competing centers during the Middle Ages. One was under the palace of the archbishops and the other was under the Counts of Anjou. The city was named the capital of Touraine and the Counts of Anjou won over the dispute between them and the counts of Blois in the 9th century.
Events, Landmarks, Activities
Thousands of people gather during the Tours Expo held at the Parc des Expositions every month of May. There are more than 700 stands exhibited during this annual event that features on different countries and there is a food village where one can sample international specialties. Tours takes pride of its beautiful churches including the Basilica of St. Martin and the Cathedral of St. Gatien. A treat for art lovers is a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts of Tours while nature lovers enjoy strolling around Jardin botanique de Tours.
Tours is a walkable city, but some prefer riding the bicycle to get around the city. There are excellent bike paths coming from Loire to Villandry. Renting a car would be the best choice for those who want to visit the Loire Valley and the surrounding areas. The fastest way to reach Paris coming from tours is via the TGV train.