The city of Tours, set between the Loire and the Cher, is an invitation to stroll, visit and have fun. Once the bishopric of Saint Martin, it is a City of Art and History with museums, St Gatien cathedral, townhouses and gardens...
In the heart of the old town of Tours, on Place Plumereau, the atmosphere is always lively and welcoming. After a gourmet stop-off in one of the district's many restaurants or bistros, take a walk through the old streets lined with medieval wood-framed houses.
In Tours, traditional markets, flower markets and gastronomic markets are rich in colour, flavour and scents all year round.
Tours also hosts many a cultural event: street theatre with the Rayons Frais les Arts et la Ville festival, classical music in the Fêtes Musicales en Touraine, and rock at the Aucard de Tours Festival...
You can go to Villandry by bike along the La Loire à Vélo route.
On leaving Tours, you will cycle alongside the Lac de la Bergeonnerie and the "old" Cher, and then along a former towpath as far as the charming village of Savonnières, before coming to the Château of Villandry 21 kilometres later.
Villandry was one of the last Loire Châteaux built in the Renaissance. Raise your eyes to take in the incredible painted wood-panelled ceiling, the perfect example of a 15th-century Spanish Moorish décor.
The reason it is here is that in 1906 Villandry was bought by Dr Joachim Carvallo, born in Spain and the great-grandfather of the current owners. He decorated it with magnificent Spanish furnishings and created the famous Renaissance-style gardens.
A walk through those gardens is a kaleidoscope of colours and scents as you make your way through the water garden, the ornamental garden, the medicinal plants garden, the vegetable garden with its rare specimens, and the maze.
In September, be sure not to miss the "vegetable garden open days" when the team of gardeners of Villandry shares its secrets and gives precious tips.
You can continue your ride along the cycle route to Langeais, 10km further on.
Facing the Loire, the feudal silhouette of the castle is an impressive sight.
The working drawbridge guards the entrance to the venue of one of the most important weddings in the history of France.
It was here that King Charles VIII married Anne of Brittany in 1491, putting an end to the conflicts between France and Brittany, and uniting the province with the kingdom of France.