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Tours is the largest city located in the Loire Valley making it the perfect base for exploring the region. The Loire Valley is famous for many things including the beautiful chateau and of course wine, making it the perfect destination for all sorts of travellers; families to foodies and everyone in between are sure to find something they love about this region.
Many of the more famous chateau: Villandry, Chenonceau and Amboise are within easy access of Tours using either a car or the Loire à Vélo bike network. You could easily spend hours exploring the beautiful houses and the carefully sculpted gardens of each chateau. And by no means have you seen them all if you’ve seen one, with each chateau uniquely crafted to sit within acres of colourful flowers and greenery.
Those of you who enjoy a tipple or two can also wander through many vineyards delighting in a tasting of the most delectable wines fresh from the local region. Learn how wines are made by each individual winery from the vintners themselves, hearing stories inevitably passed down through the generations. The Loire Valley makes some of the most expensive white wines in the world including Sancerre. If you weren’t an oenophile before your trip you certainly will be one by the time you leave.
Tours itself also has much to offer with a beautiful old town showcasing many squares with timber framed houses and restaurants to sit and people watch whilst enjoying a glass of the regions finest. Wander through the winding streets delighting in the gorgeous architecture, stopping along the way at the cathedral and indoor food market.
Temperatures in Tours can be quite variable so if you’re looking for hot weather, June – August would be the best time to visit. However, these months will also see the highest levels of tourism. If you’re looking for milder temperatures but a quieter time to visit it may be worth considering April – May or September – October.
The Rambling Travellers