The living environment of Chartres, where nature and history mingle in harmony, is as exceptional as its cathedral. Discover its historical monuments, churches, bridges, washhouses, parks and flower gardens as you wander through its medieval streets. Its heritage is alive and vibrant throughout the year, with a diverse and exciting programme of culture, events and art, spanning from the traditional to the cutting-edge. The flagship event is "Chartres en lumières". Every night, from April to January, more than twenty sites are filled with light and transform the city into a kaleidoscopic wonderland. This larger-than-life spectacle is the world's biggest light show dedicated to heritage.

A city with a burning passion for sport

Chartres also lives and breathes sport! For over a decade, it has been the venue of national and international championships in swimming, table tennis, billiards, squash, BMX, paintball and more. It boasts top-tier teams in handball, basketball, football, table tennis, volleyball and rugby. Chartres was awarded the "Terre de Jeux 2024" label and will have the honour of being a celebration site for the Olympic flame. L'Odyssée, the largest water sports-ice rink complex in France, is also the base camp for the Australian Olympic swimming team. Cycling is one of the sports that fascinate the people of Chartres and make their hearts skip a beat. Every year, the deafening roar of the crowds greets the riders of Paris–Tours. The crowds will be back again for the 117th edition to show their support for the peloton as it rolls out of Chartres for the sixth time in a row.

Course urbaine « Trail in Chartres en lumières ». Chartres en lumières, 20 sites illuminés tous les soirs d’avril à janvier. © © Ville de Chartres – Groupement Martino
Chartres, patrimoine et douceur de vivre © © Ville de Chartres – Groupement Martino

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