- Our actions»
- By theme»
- Historical heritage guide»
- European projects»
- Become a member»
A city of Art and History, an ancient Gallo-Roman city, then capital of the Kingdom of France, Tours enjoys an exceptional place at the center of the famous Loire valley chateaux, in the heart of the garden of France.
Tours, the original home of the French language and the “art de vivre” is a land of harmony and proportion, adorned by two major rivers.
Rich with history and a well preserved heritage, Tours is a city of captivating charm; some of the most illustrious figures of history have fallen under its spell!
Yet Tours has managed to guard her rich past while still keeping an eye on the future. Today Tours is a modern, lively and dynamic center, with a thriving university, cultivating economic development; still young at heart with many cultural and sports activities, Tours is also situated at the heart of a European communication network.
In 2000 the Unesco made the Loire Valley a World Heritage site by virtue of its cultural landscapes; this honor consolidates the renown and internationally recognized image of the Loire Valley.
The celebrated author Balzac claimed Tours to be “laughing, loving, fresh, flowered, perfumed better than all the other cities of the world”. We sincerely hope that you too will fall in love with this favorite city of kings.
Welcome to Tours !