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ChartresFrance

Located just an hour from Paris and on the doorstep of the famous châteaux of the Loire Valley, Chartres is known in France as the Capital of Light and Perfume.

Famous for its UNESCO World Heritage status cathedral, Chartres is a medieval city that will enchant you with its wealth of sites to visit.

In Chartres, history has always unfolded along the banks of the River Eure. The city experienced a number of invasions before becoming a spiritual and intellectual centre around the year 1000 AD. It has had to be rebuilt several times due to fires, the Hundred Years' War and the Wars of Religion. The cathedral at the heart of the city was the location for the coronation of King Henry IV of France. Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, it incorporates 4,000 figures, 9 portals and 2,600 m² of stained glass windows. The spire of its steeple reaches a height of 112 metres and its two towers are visible from a great distance, acting as guide for pilgrims in the past.

Take a journey of discovery through Chartres' historical quarters: its half-timbered houses are superb, especially the oldest one which dates back to the 12th century at 29 rue Chantault. Follow the Tertre Saint-Nicolas, a little path that offers breathtaking views of the city. Visit the Maison du Saumon ("Salmon House") in Place de la Poissonnerie ("Fishmongers' Square"). Decorated with superb wooden sculptures, it proudly displays a salmon on its façade.

Every year, Chartres organises a series of "Summer Evenings" featuring concerts in the streets and cathedral. From April to October, the city gets a spectacular nocturnal makeover for the "Chartres en Lumières" event, in which a variety of buildings and monuments are lit up nightly. It is also well worth venturing outside the city to see some of the magnificent Châteaux of the Loire Valley in the surrounding areas. In addition, Chartres is situated in the heart of the area known as Cosmetic Valley, the global centre of perfumery and cosmetics. Every year the city organises the Chartres en Parfums week, dedicated to the art of perfume-making.

Walks, history, music and gastronomy are the main attractions of Chartres – a medieval yet resolutely modern city that is well worth a visit. To ensure your stay in Chartres is a unique experience, make sure you plan time to experience all it has to offer. Get ready for an unforgettable holiday!

Top hotels in Chartres

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hôtel Restaurant Jehan de Beauce - Les Collectionneurs
Hôtel Restaurant Jehan de Beauce - Les Collectionneurs
4 out of 5
1 Place Pierre Semard, Chartres, Eure-et-Loir
The price is £101 per night

Located in the heart of Chartres, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of International Stained-Glass Centre and Chartres Cathedral. Fine Arts Museum of Chartres ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (294 reviews)

"Excellent hotel in good location with super helpful and friendly staff. A must stay location in my view."…"

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2019

Hôtel Restaurant Jehan de Beauce - Les Collectionneurs
Best Western Premier Grand Monarque Hotel & Spa
Best Western Premier Grand Monarque Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
22 Place Des Épars, Chartres, Eure-et-Loir
The price is £90 per night

Located in the heart of Chartres, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of International Stained-Glass Centre and Chartres Cathedral. Fine Arts Museum of ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (501 reviews)

"Excellent hotel and service, beautiful restaurant"…"

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2019

Best Western Premier Grand Monarque Hotel & Spa
Novotel Chartres
Novotel Chartres
4 out of 5
5 ter Avenue Marcel Proust, Chartres, Eure-et-Loir
The price is £71 per night

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of La Maison Picassiette, Church of Saint-Andre and Chartres Cathedral. International Stained-Glass ...

4.1/5Very Good! (458 reviews)
Great stay

"The staff were welcoming and friendly. The room was clean and comfortable. We loved the kiddies breakfast bar - and the buffet was varied and delicious not to mention great coffee! Thanks for having us!"…"

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2019

Novotel Chartres

Popular places to visit in Chartres

Chartres Cathedral
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Chartres Cathedral

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Find out about the history of Chartres Cathedral, one of the top monuments in Chartres. While you're in the area, find time to visit its stunning cathedral.

La Maison Picassiette
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La Maison Picassiette

3/5(1 review)

Find out about the history of Chartres with a stop at La Maison Picassiette. While you're in the area, find time to visit its stunning cathedral.

Municipal theatre of Chartres
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Municipal theatre of Chartres

You can enjoy a show at Municipal theatre of Chartres during your stay in Chartres. While you're in the area, find time to visit its stunning cathedral.

Top things to do in Chartres

Chartres Half Day Private Tour
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Chartres Half Day Private Tour

£582
Per adult

Reviews of Chartres

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5/5 - Excellent

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27 Sep 2019

Lots to see and do. Light show amazing and Cathedral beautiful.

3/5 - Okay

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16 Aug 2019

When we were lost on the first morning we went into the chamber de commerce to ask for help but found the receptionist very unhelpful.

2/5 - Disappointing

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12 Aug 2019

Blighted by the number of roads closed for roadworks. Couldn't believe the number of times we had to follow a deviation.

4/5 - Good

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8 Jul 2019

Restaurants are quite expensive. Cathedral is magnificent

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Jul 2019

The cathederal is worth a visit