A dynamic city located one hour from Paris by train

In the heart of the Loire Valley "Le Jardin de la France"

Known as the craddle of French Language

Tours, a city of "good living”

Tours is a city on a human scale. With 300,000 inhabitants, the Touraine region is unique in that 40% of its population is under 30 years old. The presence of the 28,000 students of the University of Tours is no stranger to this young population, which likes to meet in the heart of the old town of Tours, Place Plumereau.

Just 55 minutes from Paris by TGV (High Speed Train), Tours also has an airport with a daily service to London. A city of "good living", its assets are numerous: the gentle banks of the Loire, its many parks and public gardens, its sports clubs, its cultural and associative structures, its historical heritage. A tramway quickly serves the urban districts over 13 kilometres.

Touraine is also :
-the countryside of the Loire castles: Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceau, Villandry and its gardens, le Clos Lucé, Chinon, Langeais, Loches, Ussé.
-names associated with the history of France, with its kings, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance (Louis XI, Charles VIII, François I), but also Saint Martin, Leonardo da Vinci, Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Médicis, Ronsard, Rabelais, Descartes, Balzac, Bergson
Around fifty buildings form the cornerstone of tourism in the Loire Valley, which can also be discovered thanks to the Loire by bike routes.

Touraine, the garden of France, also has a renowned vineyard with its cellars and restaurants whose cuisine is in line with the "Gastronomic Meal of the French" officially registered since 2010 on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage. Back in 2000, UNESCO decided to make the Val de Loire a major area of world heritage by including 250 kilometres of it as a cultural landscape, alongside the world's greatest sites.

The attractiveness of Touraine is also due to the dynamism of international tourism and a new and old property market that is still doing well. The industrial partnerships set up with the university also strengthen its research centres.

See also:
-The Loire by bike.
-the Touraine appellations : Chinon, Bourgueil, Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil and Touraine-Azay-le-Rideau

Blois and its university centre

53 kilometres from Tours is the city of Blois, with its famous castle, the favourite residence of the kings of France during the Renaissance. Blois, the prefecture of the Loir-et-Cher department, has a large university centre with several higher education sites. The University Institute of Technology (IUT), part of the François-Rabelais University, has more than 500 students and offers four departments: physical measurements, materials science and engineering, networks and telecommunications, and communication services and networks.