Nestled by the Loire in a valley on the UNESCO World Heritage list, Tours is the undisputed capital of the Garden of France. As such, the people who call it home enjoy an exceptional living environment and its visitors are greeted with warmth and hospitality. Tours is a city that celebrates learning, revels in culture and excels in sport. It boasts world-class facilities that reflect its status as the metropolis of the Grand Ouest region, as well as a fine network of community services in the heart of its neighbourhoods. Proud of its past and fully focused on the challenges of our time, with a strong emphasis on the ecological transition, Tours is one of those places where the city of tomorrow is being built today.
A metropolis with an accessible quality of life
Tours has its heart set on the Loire and breathes the Atlantic breeze. From the sailors of yesterday to the inventors of the city of tomorrow, the metropolis on the Loire constantly finds new ways to create this delightful quality of life that charms its residents and visitors. Tours became an important railway and military hub in the industrial era. A legacy of this golden age is the station, a masterpiece by Victor Laloux (the same architect who created Orsay Station, now a museum), which links Tours to Paris, Île-de-France and the entire Grand Ouest region. The development of the Atlantic TGV line has connected Tours to numerous capitals since 1990.
Flourishing and empowering with every gesture
If living is an art, in Tours, living together is a shared pleasure. This sense of community is the soul of the city. This is why Tours throws its weight behind the cultural, sporting and social aspirations of its citizens.
Sport as a driver of empowerment
Tours is home to a marathon, the Paris–Tours cycling race and the Howard Hinton Sevens rugby tournament. It champions sport for all, from amateurs to professionals, for men and women, and has put health sport at the top of its agenda. Its vibrant scene of top-flight clubs proves that the city can go the distance and shine on the national and international stage (volleyball, football, handball, etc.). Tours also hosts major European and global sporting events such as the 2024 Olympic Games.