A street in Vieux Tours with medieval carvings.
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Tours is the largest city in central France and has been an important crossing point of the Loire River since Romans ruled the roost in 1st century AD.
Nicknamed 'Le Jardin de la France' (The Garden of France) due to the number of parks, street trees and its fertile location between two rivers, the Loire and the Cher, Tours is a relaxed city with a medieval core, a sense of humour and the purest spoken French in the country.
Half-timbered buildings in Vieux Tours, Old Tours, the city's medieval sector.
Cheaper eats just off Vieux Tours central plaza, Place Plumereau.
An architectural mix in the outer parts of Vieux Tours.
The main street beside the Loire River.
Tours makes a great base/jump-off for exploring the Loire Valley with its international airport, extensive rail links, including high-speed TGV, and excellent autoroute connections to the rest of France.
Distances/time to/from Tours
Paris: 240km - 149 miles
Motorway: 2H 10m
Train: 55 mins
Bordeaux: 330km - 205 miles
Motorway: 3H 15m
Train: 2H 30m
Nantes: 196km - 122 miles
Motorway: 1H 45m
Train: 1H 30m
Lyon: 432km - 268 miles
Motorway: 4H 00m
Train: 3H 30m
Lyon: 1 H 55m
London: 1H 15m
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