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Tours tourism and travel guide

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Visit Tours: highlights and tourist information

Travel Guide To Visit Attractions

France This Way comment: Tours is a large important town with numerous monuments, gardens and medieval buildings, and is also well placed to explore the west of the Loire Valley

Tours is situated in the Indre-et-Loire department and Centre-Loire Valley region.

Important note

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

Attractions in Tours

The la Psalette cloister and the cathedral of Tours together make a very impressive religious monument with various architectural styles: Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Chateau de Villandry at 14 km and Amboise at 22 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Tours, 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 Tours in Centre-Loire Valley.

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

Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters

Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters

Cathedral less than one km (direction north-east)

The la Psalette cloister and the cathedral of Tours together make a...

See Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters guide
Chateau de Villandry

Chateau de Villandry

Castle at 14 km (direction west-south-west)

The rooms at Chateau de Villandry can be explored, but it is...

See Chateau de Villandry guide


at 22 km (direction east)

Although it is the castle that attracts visitors to Amboise, you will...

See Amboise guide


at 22 km (direction west-south-west)

The village of Azay-le-Rideau is best known for its castle but also...

See Azay-le-Rideau guide
Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Castle at 22 km (direction west-south-west)

Not the most luxurious or largest castle in the region, it is...

See Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau guide


at 22 km (direction west-south-west)

Langeais is a small town with a pretty town centre, best known...

See Langeais guide
Chateau d'Amboise

Chateau d'Amboise

Castle at 22 km (direction east)

The Chateau d'Amboise is a castle with impressive gardens and a lovely...

See Chateau d'Amboise guide
Chateau de Langeais

Chateau de Langeais

Castle at 23 km (direction west-south-west)

Château de Langeais is a medieval-renaissance castle with nicely furnished rooms and...

See Chateau de Langeais guide
Chateau de Clos Lucé at Amboise

Chateau de Clos Lucé at Amboise

Castle at 23 km (direction east)

The Chateau de Clos-Lucé was home to Leonardo da Vinci and you...

See Chateau de Clos Lucé at Amboise guide
Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard

Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard

Castle at 23 km (direction east)

The Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard in Amboise is the first Renaissance...

See Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard guide
Chateau de Chenonceau

Chateau de Chenonceau

Castle at 30 km (direction east)

The perfectly lovely Chateau-de-Chenonceau includes a renaissance gallery across the river and...

See Chateau de Chenonceau guide


Most Beautiful Village at 31 km (direction south-west)

Explore the lovely stone houses and narrow streets in the tiny village...

See Crissay-sur-Manse guide
Chateau d'Ussé

Chateau d'Ussé

Castle at 34 km (direction west-south-west)

The imposing Chateau d'Usse, next to the Loire, is an imposing medieval-renaissance...

See Chateau d'Ussé guide


at 37 km (direction south-west)

Tavant is a small village but a visit to se the murals...

See Tavant guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Indre-et-Loire

Map of places to visit near Tours


Markets in and near Tours

  • La Riche: market Wednesday & Saturday (2km)
  • Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire: market Tuesday & Friday (2km)
  • Saint-Pierre-Des-Corps: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Saturday & Friday (2km)
  • Saint-Avertin: market Wednesday & Friday (4km)
  • Joue-les-Tours: market Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday (5km)
  • Chambray-les-Tours: market Thursday & Sunday (6km)
  • Fondettes: market Wednesday & Sunday (7km)
  • Ballan-Mire: market Sunday & Friday (8km)
  • Luynes: market Saturday (10km)
  • Montlouis-sur-Loire: market Thursday (10km)

Hotels near Tours

More information about Tours, Loire Valley

Tourist attractions near Tours, France

What to do at Tours? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Tours.


  • Aquarium du Val-de-Loire (17km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Remarkable gardens

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire (2km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Réserve de Beaumarchais (27km)

Geography and distances

Tours is in the eastern-center of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Indre-et-Loire department (general information: Tours is 204 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Tours

Canton: Tours

Arrondissement: Tours

Department: Indre-et-Loire

Region: Loire Valley

New region: Centre-Loire Valley

Postcode: 37000

Distance to Tours

from Tours (prefecture): 0 km

from Paris: 204 km

from Calais: 405 km

from Nice: 656 km

from Bordeaux: 300 km

from Strasbourg: 542 km

Getting here

Most visitors arrive in one of the cross-channel ports such as Caen and Le Havre (about 3-4 hours drive from here) or fly into Paris and drive south from there. For driving distances to Tours from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 10 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Ballan-Mire, Chambray-les-Tours, Joue-les-Tours, La Riche, La Ville-Aux-Dames, Parcay-Meslay, Rochecorbon, Saint-Avertin, Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire and Saint-Pierre-Des-Corps.

This page in French: Visiter Tours

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