Chartres

Travel Guide
Chartres featuring heritage architecture and heritage elements

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!

Campanile Chartres Centre - Gare - Cathédrale
Campanile Chartres Centre - Gare - Cathédrale
4 out of 5
6/8 Avenue Jehan De Beauce, Chartres, Eure-et-Loir, 28000
The price is £60 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Chartres. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (414 reviews)
"V convenient location v close to both railway station and cathedral. Excellent secure car parking (charge)."

Reviewed on 5 May 2022

Campanile Chartres Centre - Gare - Cathédrale
Les Chambres d'hôtes - Les Crépinières
Les Chambres d'hôtes - Les Crépinières
25 Rue du Crépinières, Chartres, 28000
The price is £80 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this business-friendly B&B in Chartres. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Chartres Cathedral and International Stained-Glass ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (29 reviews)
"This was a lovely property however we did not get the garden room we booked instead we were on the first floor. It didn't matter as we were only staying one night but we made the mistake of booking a property where the owners did not speak English. The host was extremely helpful and we managed to ..."

Reviewed on 2 May 2022

Les Chambres d'hôtes - Les Crépinières
Novotel Chartres
Novotel Chartres
4 out of 5
5 ter Avenue Marcel Proust, Chartres, Eure-et-Loir, 28000
The price is £77 per night from 6 Jun to 7 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Chartres. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the WiFi in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (547 reviews)
Great on the way spot
"Room was clean and tidy. The breakfast buffet was superb, something for everyone. Very nice to have an electric charging hub for our car (these are not as readily available in France at the moment, so it was great to have the car charge while we were sleeping)."

Reviewed on 9 Nov 2021

Novotel Chartres
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Residhome Chartres
Residhome Chartres
2 ter rue Pierre Mendès France, Chartres, 28000
The price is £64 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this aparthotel in Chartres. Enjoy breakfast, on-site parking and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions Chartres Cathedral and La Maison Picassiette ...
Residhome Chartres
Appart'Hotel Saint-Michel
Appart'Hotel Saint-Michel
8 rue Saint-Michel, Chartres, 28000
The price is £72 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
Stay at this apartment in Chartres. Enjoy free WiFi, a flat-screen TV and digital TV. Popular attractions Chartres Cathedral and International Stained-Glass ...
3.7/5 Good! (10 reviews)
"Très bien situé dans Chartres, agréable et bien agencé. Seul bémol, petit problème d'insonorisation lorsqu'il y a des voisins un peu bruyants."

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2021

Appart'Hotel Saint-Michel
Hotel Particulier de Champrond
Hotel Particulier de Champrond
26, Place Jean Moulin, Chartres, 28000
The price is £165 per night from 18 May to 19 May
Stay at this apartment in Chartres. Enjoy free WiFi, a terrace and a garden. Popular attractions Chartres Cathedral and International Stained-Glass Centre are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Clé à récupérer dans un hôtel face à la gare, moins pratique si vous êtes en voiture. Manque plateau café ou un petit réfrigérateur car c’est un grand appartement avec salon."

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2020

Hotel Particulier de Champrond
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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