Blois tourism and travel guide

Photo of Blois in Loir-et-Cher

Visit Blois: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: The town of Blois, with its castle, cathedral, extensive historic centre and other monuments is one of our favourite Loire Valleyt towns

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Blois. For detailed visitor information see the Blois travel guide.

Blois is situated in the Loir-et-Cher department and Loire Valley region (now part of the Centre-Loire Valley region), in the western-centre of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Loir-et-Cher department (general information: Blois is 160 kilometres from Paris).

Attractions in Blois

One of the most impressive of the Loire castles, the Chateau de Blois is best known for its double helix renaissance staircase: Chateau de Blois

Tourist classifications for Blois include "secteur sauvegarde", "town of art and history" and "ville fleurie 4*". It is unusual for a town to have 3 awards, which indicates how important Blois is as a tourist destination!

Popular places to visit nearby include Chateau de Cheverny at 14 km and Chateau de Chambord at 14 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Blois, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Blois in Centre-Loire Valley.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!


... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Loir-et-Cher

Map of places to visit near Blois

Markets in and near Blois

Market days in Blois: weekly market: Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday;

  • Blois: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday (0km)
  • Saint-Gervais-la-Foret: market Friday (4km)
  • Chailles: market Saturday (6km)
  • Saint-Claude-de-Diray: market Tuesday & Friday (7km)
  • Cellettes: market Thursday (8km)
  • Huisseau-sur-Cosson: market Wednesday (9km)
  • Chambon-sur-Cisse: market Saturday (9km)
  • Montlivault: market Tuesday (10km)
  • Les Montils: market Saturday (11km)
  • Cormeray: market Tuesday (13km)

More information about Blois, Loire Valley

Tourist attractions near Blois, France

Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Blois.


  • Aquarium du Val-de-Loire (39km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Fougeres-sur-Bievre Chateau (16km)
  • Talcy Chateau (22km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Remarkable gardens

  • Roseraie des terrasses de l’évêché (0km)
  • Parc du château de Beauregard (7km)
  • Domaine régional de Chaumont-sur-Loire (17km)
  • Jardin du château de Talcy (22km)
  • Jardin du domaine de Sasnières (33km)
  • Parc et jardins du château de Chenonceau (35km)
  • Parc et jardins du château de Valmer (38km)
  • Les prés-Culand (38km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Olivet (52km)
  • Saint-Jean-de-la-Ruelle (54km)
  • Fleury-les-Aubrais (58km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Réserve de Beaumarchais (27km)
  • ZooParc de Beauval (38km)

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Blois

Canton: Blois

Arrondissement: Blois

Department: Loir-et-Cher

Region: Loire Valley

New region: Centre-Loire Valley

Postcode: 41000

Distance to Blois

from Blois (prefecture): 0 km

from Paris: 160 km

from Calais: 375 km

from Nice: 632 km

from Bordeaux: 339 km

from Strasbourg: 489 km

Getting here

Blois is in the western-centre of France. Most visitors will either fly into one of the airports in Paris or arrive from a ferry port such as caen or Le Havre, approx. 3-4 hours drive. For driving distances to Blois from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 8 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Chailles, Fosse, La Chaussee-Saint-Victor, Menars, Saint-Denis-sur-Loire, Saint-Gervais-la-Foret, Villebarou and Vineuil.

This page in French: Visiter Blois