Tours Travel Guide

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Nearly everything you love about Paris can be also be found in lesser-known Tours, in the Loire Valley: great local wine, excellent food, lush scenery. Located on the Loire River, Tours is most famous for its wineries, as well as the historic Battle of Tours in 1732, but people who travel to Tours tend to be most taken with this small city's easygoing pace. Tours is often described as a miniature version of Paris, except friendlier and more laid-back, but Tours travel still offers plenty of legitimate art and history, and makes for an idyllic romantic getaway. Check out this Tours travel guide to explore this charming town off the beaten path:

Things Not to Miss in Tours

Tours has several museums dedicated to French art, as well as a wealth of lovely gardens and parks, and can cover this Loire Valley town either on foot or by bicycle (rent bikes at Détours de Loire). Other highlights of Tours travel include:

• François Sicard Square
• Saint Gatien Cathedral
• The Château d'Angers
• Tours Catherdral
• The Natural History Museum
• The St. Martin Museum

When to Visit Tours

There are no real extremes in Tours weather. The town generally stays cool throughout the year, so summers are warm without being scorching and winters are chilly without being frigid. The best times to visit Tours are in spring, from March to May, and in summer - which lasts until well into September - when you'll get generous doses of sunshine. Even though winters in Tours only lasts from December to February, tourists generally avoid visiting Tours during this period. Perhaps that's due to the relative lack of daylight; even in Autumn, you only get about four hours of sunlight a day.

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