Blessed with an outstanding living environment, Chartres reveals itself under the silhouette of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres and through its medieval streets, historical monuments and lush parks.
Endowed with a rich and living heritage, the city puts its best foot forward with a programme that alternates classical arts with contemporary expressions and street culture… From April to October, "Chartres en lumières" puts the spotlight on the nights in Chartres. This heritage light show, the greatest in the world in terms of the number of sites and its exceptional duration, culminates the annual Heritage Days as part of the Festival of Light, which attracts over 70,000 visitors.
As its importance in the world of sport grows year after year, Chartres has come to host a night-time urban trail run, as well as national, European and world championships in swimming, table tennis, cue sports, BMX… and more ground-breaking genres, such as the Solar Cup, the only race for solar-powered vehicles in France.
However, Chartres has a soft spot for cycling. Several editions of the Tour de France have stopped over in Chartres, with a passionate fan base that never fails to turn out in force. The capital of Beauce will be hosting for the third consecutive time since 2018 the start of Paris–Tours, the historic classic of the falling leaves.
Welcome to Chartres for the 114th edition!