Known as the “Garden of France”, Touraine is sure to enchant visitors with the elegance of its châteaux and parks. Our hotel by Tours invites you to discover these exceptional surroundings.
The Château de Villandry by Tours stands out, even among these gems. Its French gardens have been designed according to old accounts of their original layout. They are organised as geometric plots which form embroidery motifs. The decorative vegetable garden is particularly impressive with its nine different coloured squares corresponding to the different vegetables grown in them. Other extraordinary gardens which should not be missed are those at the Château du Rivau, the Château de Valmer or the Orangerie at the Royal Domain of Château Gaillard.
Many other unforgettable surprises await in Touraine. Set off to discover historic towns and cities such as Tours, Amboise or Loches. The last of these, Loches, is less well known, but is well worth the visit for its architectural heritage, from the Medieval (dungeon, Saint-Ours collegiate church) and the Renaissance (Royal Lodge, Chancellery) periods.
Take a trip to Chinon to admire its old town centre with its half-timbered houses and royal fortress, famous for its dimensions and panoramic views over the town and the banks of the river Vienne. Among other curiosities of Touraine, let’s not forget the troglodytes - caves dug into the tuffeau stone to extract the stones used to build the châteaux. Some of these caves have been converted into homes. Others are now mushroom farms. Several sites including Les Goupillières troglodyte valley, 45 minutes from the hotel, are open to visitors.
Touraine, the land of Rabelais, has a long tradition of gastronomy. During your stay, make sure you sample local specialities such as fouaces tourangelles (Touraine buns), rillettes (a type of coarse paté) and rillons (pork belly cubes), the famous Sainte-Maure de Touraine (AOP) goat’s cheese, Cormery macarons, and poires tapées (preserved pears)... All of these will go well with one of the many Val de Loire wines: Vouvray, Chinon, Montlouis…