Find the not to be missed sights of Tours
Spend a relaxing moment at L’Heure Tranquille. With its beautiful fountain and color tiles, the L’Heure Tranquille Shopping Mall reminds you a bit of the ancient Greek agoras. More than a place of business, it’s a living space. Not far from the dock, it’s possible to spend a relaxing moment there having breakfast in the sun at one of the many restaurants near the water… No doubt, L’Heure Tranquille deserves its name. At 9 minute drive away from your Campanile hotel Tours Sud Joué les Tours, the L’Heure Tranquille shopping mall is a temple to shopping and entertainment. Ladies’, gents’ and children’s fashions are available here, from Mango to H&M and including Zara and Oxybul. To relax, you can choose a beauty moment at Sephora or a more sporty activity with laser games, a type of paintball which doesn’t hurt your arms or mess up your clothes! The roof is also a surprise. Resolutely modern and ecological, L’Heure Tranquille decided to install beehives, more specifically with Buckfasts, or young bees, known for not being too aggressive.If you’re stung, it’s probably by the scent of their honey, regularly distributed to customers or sold to benefit charitable organizations.
The Jardin Botanique de Tours, mini-farm and maxi-greenhouse. In the heart of the Old Town of Tours, the botanical garden is an institution. Follow the magnolias path, created in 1857, to begin a tour of the 100% natural world. An evolving garden, with spaced arranged like petals, offers you super fun natural science courses. You’ll go from algae to moss, then to ferns and flowering plants, thus travelling several million years in the space of a few meters. Part the branches of the tulip trees and Cypresses to discover several playgrounds, with the obligatory slides, swings, and small obstacle courses, a good way to exert yourself before enjoying a sweet break with a waffle, crêpe or ice cream. And since sharing is caring, keep some for the ducks, lambs and donkeys in the mini-farm. A few meters from your Campanile hotel, the most unusual visitors elected domicile next to the botanical garden. In the greenhouses, you can discover parakeets and parrots from the other end of the world. In the summer, turtles and peacocks walk along the paths of the park. Perhaps to greet the pink flamingos, long-distance travelers on a stopover several years ago, between the Loire and the Cher, in the botanical garden’s animal park.
Tours Exhibition Center provides full-speed entertainment. Fully renovated between 2002 and 2009, the Tours Exhibition Center is one of the region's most dynamic centers. Built downtown, it offers all kinds of fully modular spaces and can host all kinds of shows. The Grand Hall is the largest performing theatre in the Centre Region. Hundreds of thousands of spectators rush here to go to concerts by French music legends, such as Charles Aznavour, or international stars, like during the American Tours Festival.The Exhibition Centre hosts the Foire de Tours every year, the opportunity to discover the region’s specialties in the gastronomic village. Many trade shows and exhibitions are also organized. The most beautiful dogs in the region (and elsewhere) made their niche there, for example at the annual International Canine Exhibition. Outside as well, the park knows how to entertain. The latest arrival is the Tours Speedway, 800 meters long with two elevated bends. It’s the only one in France to host NASCAR races. Pay it a visit before you go back to your Campanile hotel Tours Sud Chambray les Tours.
To fully take in the exceptional character of Tours, you need to venture into its many museums. The Musée des Beaux-Arts holds an important collection of furniture and paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. The Musée de Compagnonnage presents a collection of masterpieces from Tours dating back to 1840.Plan an afternoon in the caves of Savonnières where you can enjoy wine in an unusual setting. Not far away, venture into the magnificent Anjou Touraine Natural Park, where you will find the most beautiful castles of Val-de-Loire. Finally, don’t forget to check out the many stalls in the "city of thirty markets".
When it comes to exceptional moments, Tours hasn’t forgotten about the children! Don’t hesitate to ask for advice at the reception of your Campanile hotel. The Museum of Natural History is the ideal place to come with your little ones to discover the local flora and fauna. The Center for Contemporary Creation offers unusual paths of discovery through contemporary art to initiate and sensitize young audiences to the many facets of art.Swimming pools, parks and gardens welcome you to take a breath of fresh air. In summer, the sports island offers free sporting events - fun times guaranteed!
Rillons, andouillettes, coq au vin de Chinon and géline de Touraine are just some of the celebrated local dishes.
Dairy products, pastries and candy are the pinnacles of local gastronomy with the famous goat’s cheese of AOC Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine, nougat from Tours and barley sugar.
The 3-star Campanile hotels always tap into the local cuisine. The restaurants located in our hotels in Tours and its surroundings offer you a menu inspired by the gastronomy of Touraine.
“Désir... Désirs” is a well-known cinema festival, held every year in May since 1994. In addition, the "Rayon Frais" festival has brought live performances to the city every summer since 2003.
The Vitiloire Loire Wine Fair is the perfect event for all lovers of good wine! It takes place every year in May.