A two-day break
Two days should provide you with just enough time to get a good feel for the city of Blois. There is a Campanile hotel that is 3km from the city centre: Blois Nord. Your first stop should be the Blois Castle, whose construction lasted from the 13th century to the 17th. Through the years its various residents added on their own wings or other touches to the castle, making it into the masterpiece that it is today. Around the castle you will find other points of interest such as the surrounding gardens and court houses, the castle fortifications, the Lice Place, with its gorgeous view of the city, or the Louis XII fountain, which has been considered a French historic monument since 1840. The City Hall was built in 1700 and is an old Bishops’ palace.
A week-long stay
For a longer stay, delve into more of Blois’ religious patrimony. The Saint Louis Cathedral was built and rebuilt throughout the Middle Ages and has stained-glass windows made by the Dutch artist Jan Dibbets. The Saint-Vincent-de-Paul and Saint-Nicolas Churches are also beautiful. If you have time stop into some of the city’s various museums: the Archaeological Museum, The Musée des Beaux-Arts, The Object Museum and the Museum of Magic are some of the main ones.
A family holiday
Your family will love Blois for its beautiful old charm and its dispersed green spaces.