Tours

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Tours featuring café scenes, a city and street scenes
Balzac's beloved capital of Touraine province, Tours is a great city of art and history, as well as a dynamic university city, nestled in a lush plain between the Loire and Cher rivers.

Situated in the heart of the Loire Valley, Tours boasts a historic heritage that dates back to pre-Roman times. However, the city didn't have its heyday until the Middle Ages, when the Basilica of Saint Martin, which was built on the tomb of Martin of Tours, became an essential stop-off point for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

The remains of the Gallo-Roman walls can still be seen behind the Gothic Saint Gatien's Cathedral. As the destination of choice for culture lovers, the cathedral quarter also includes the Museum of Fine Arts, in the former episcopal palace, and the Château de Tours, a former fort converted into a contemporary art gallery. The nerve centre of the Tours student "Movida" also lies partly in this area, more specifically around rue Colbert, which is full of pleasant brasseries and cafes.

However, to really soak up the city's magical atmosphere, there's nothing like a stroll in Old Tours. Between the rue du Grand-Marché and place Plumereau, you can admire fantastic mediaeval half-timbered houses and party with students from François Rabelais University, who come here to unwind in the area's trendy bars and clubs.

The top-end restaurants of place du Marché and the more affordable restaurants of Old Tours and the cathedral quarter offer gourmet dining. On the menu: tasty slices of pain de campagne with rillettes de Tours, andouillettes with Vouvray accompanied by mushrooms sautéed with shallots and a chilled glass of Pineau de la Loire, or even a salad of endive, apples and ash-coated Sainte-Maure goat's cheese. Afterwards, treat yourself to an after-dinner stroll along the banks of the Loire, up to the iconic Wilson bridge. In summer, there are open-air cafés... Keen on music? Book your stay in Tours in spring or in June so you can attend the chamber music festivals, or even in September, if you prefer jazz.

Thanks to its central location halfway between Saumur and Blois, Tours is a perfect stop-off point on the Châteaux of the Loire Valley trail. After visiting Azay-le-Rideau château, make a detour to admire the little country house of Saché, which inspired Balzac to write his famous novel Lys dans la vallée. Then rejoin the road to Chinon and head for Seuilly en Touraine, where you'll find the Rabelais museum, housed in his birthplace, La Devinière.

Where to stay in Tours

ibis Styles Tours Centre
ibis Styles Tours Centre
3 out of 5
4 Place de la Liberté (ex Place Thiers), Tours, Indre-et-Loire, 37000
The price is £76 per night from 10 Sep to 11 Sep
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Tours. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the spacious rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (413 reviews)
"Great breakfast, quiet at night, good sized rooms. Busy junction but easy access to city centre and great public transport."

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2022

ibis Styles Tours Centre
Hilton Garden Inn Tours Centre
Hilton Garden Inn Tours Centre
4 out of 5
1 Place Anatole, Tours, 37000
The price is £93 per night from 4 Sep to 5 Sep
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Tours. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Popular attractions Musee du Compagnonnage and Olivier Debré ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (46 reviews)
"There may not be enough characters to share all we loved about this property. We stayed for 2 nights in a junior suite and it was by far the best hotel room we had in 2 weeks in France. This hotel was fabulous. Starting with check in...our room was not ready when we arrived (we were early). We were ..."

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2022

Hilton Garden Inn Tours Centre
Le Grand Hotel Tours
Le Grand Hotel Tours
4 out of 5
9, place du General Leclerc, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, 37000
The price is £92 per night from 1 Sep to 2 Sep
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Tours. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms in their ...
3.8/5 Good! (578 reviews)
"Very nice property and centrally located. The staff were helpful and polite. I would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2022

Le Grand Hotel Tours
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.
Aparthotel Adagio access Tours
Aparthotel Adagio access Tours
3 out of 5
41 Rue Edouard Vaillant, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, 37000
The price is £50 per night from 4 Sep to 5 Sep
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Tours. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall value ...
4/5 Very Good! (289 reviews)
Great aparthotel with secure car park
"Great aparthotel near Tours historic centre. Kitchen area really useful with crockery, kettle, microwave, job, fridge. Plentiful underground secure parking for the hotel on site with big spaces. Fitted our 4x4 fine (car park exit a little tight but ok). €10 parking. We had a balcony room but there ..."

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2020

Aparthotel Adagio access Tours
Nemea Appart Hotel Residence Quai Victor
Nemea Appart Hotel Residence Quai Victor
6 Rue Marcel Tribut, Tours, 37000
The price is £55 per night from 30 Aug to 31 Aug
Stay at this spa residence in Tours. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the spacious rooms in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (303 reviews)
"Hotel was great spacious well equipped and perfect location reception staff were great"

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2022

Nemea Appart Hotel Residence Quai Victor
Résidence Central Parc
Résidence Central Parc
4 out of 5
1 Rue Claude Thion, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, 37000
The price is £113 per night from 2 Sep to 3 Sep
Stay at this 4-star residence in Tours. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a bar/lounge. Our guests praise the overall value in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
5/5 Exceptional! (33 reviews)
"Perfect apart-hotel. Great location, modern, well fitted-out, check-in and check-out really easy and the bedroom was lovely. 10/10 for the cleanliness and comfort."

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2022

Résidence Central Parc
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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