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Tours, the city of the "good life"

Tours is a
human-sized city . With 300,000 inhabitants, the city of Tours has the characteristic to have 40% of its people having less than 30 years old. The presence of 22,000 François-Rabelais university students  is no stranger to this young population, who likes to be at the heart of the "vieux" Tours, place Plumereau.

At 55 minutes from Paris by TGV, Tours has
also an airport with a daily service to London. City of the "good life", its advantages are many: the sweetness of the Loire river, its many parks and public gardens, sports clubs, cultural and associative structures, its historic heritage. In 2013, the tramway will serve the urban areas of 13 km.

Touraine, it is also the land of castles of the Loire: Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceau, Villandry and its gardens, the Clos Luce, Chinon, Langeais, Loches, Ussé.

Names associated with the history of France, with its kings, the Middle Ages to the Renaissance (Louis XI, Charles VIII, François I,), but St. Martin, Leonardo da Vinci, Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Médicis, Ronsard
, Rabelais, Descartes, Balzac, Bergson. A fifty buildings are the cornerstone of Loire Valley
tourism, to discover also thanks to routes of the Loire by bike.

Touraine, the garden of France, also has a renowned vineyard with wine cellars and restaurants whose cuisine is in the tradition of "Gourmet meal of the French", officially registered since 2010 in the list of intangible cultural heritage of the UNESCO. Already in 2000, UNESCO chose to make the Loire Valley an area of ​​major heritage by including over 250 km, as a cultural landscape, alongside the world's largest sites.

The attractiveness of Touraine also passes through the dynamism of international tourism, a real estate market, which id new and old,  is still doing well.
Industrial partnerships established with the university also reinforce its research centers.

For more information:
Tours and its area by bike : la Loire à vélo.
The Touraine appellation of Chinon, Bourgueil, St. Nicolas de Bourgueil and Touraine-Azay-le-Rideau.


Lear more

Visit the website of the Tourist Office of Tours
www.tours-tourisme.fr