Located just an hour from Paris, Chartres reveals the charm of its outstanding living environment. Historical monuments, medieval alleys and a plethora of churches, bridges, wash houses, flowery parks and more await. The city's rich heritage is remarkably well-preserved.
It is also alive! An intense year-round calendar of cultural and associational events harmoniously combines music, contemporary art, dancing, street art, student gatherings and more. A special mention goes to Chartres en lumières, the greatest heritage light show in the world, which is held every evening from April to October and climaxes with the Fête de la lumière, the major end-of-summer event in Centre-Val de Loire.
An influential metropolis both regionally and nationally Ideally located at the heart of many major transport routes, Tours is attractive and easily accessible from all directions. There is direct motorway access into the city as well as an international airport, and these excellent transport links are soon to be reinforced by the construction of the second part of the LGV (High speed line) between Paris and Bordeaux, placing Tours at the centre of this Atlantic Coast railway network.
An important place in French innovation The historic MAME site, a former industrial estate, has become the epicentre of French Tech in the Loire Valley and home to emerging new technologies. Building on its past, Tours has now established itself as an important cluster of research and training. The University Hospital and the University, with a total of 30,000 students including 10% from abroad, has largely contributed to this success.