Burgeoning from the feet of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres, our city is blessed with an exceptional living environment in which medieval alleys are adorned with historical monuments, parks and flower gardens. Chartres promotes its rich and concentrated heritage with a programme of cultural performances and events that combine all sorts of artistic manifestations with activities for everyone. The flagship event is "Chartres en lumières". Every evening from April to December, the night of Chartres fills with light and the facades of its monuments come to life in an event known and renowned around the world.
A sporting hub
Chartres is also a sporting hub that hosts a wide range of top-flight competitions every year. Swimming, table tennis, cue sports, BMX, squash… The podium places of national, European and international sports are decided in Chartres. It also provides fertile ground for experimentation and the development of new genres, such as the Solar Cup, the only race for solar-powered vehicles in France. In any case, cycling remains the favourite sport in Chartres, as proved by the wild success of the multiple Tour de France stages that it has hosted. Every time the race pays a visit, locals turn out in force to cheer on the riders. In 2021, interest in cycling will again reach fever pitch in Chartres as the city sees off the peloton of the 115th edition of Paris-Tours, the fourth consecutive time that it hosts the start of the race.