Loches, "City of Art and History", ranked among "The Most Beautiful Detours in France", but also a place of life and services, is a residential and tourist city. Very accessible by public transport, Loches is located about half an hour from Tours and the TGV station.
Sub-prefecture of Indre-et-Loire, Loches plays a crucial role relay and animation for the whole country South Touraine.
Medieval City of exception, Loches history is closely linked to that of France since it was founded in the 5th century around a monastery founded by St. Ours. She then became one of the key fortresses of the Loire Valley, three successive ramparts are one of the best preserved and protected sites of France.
Loches is also a city of Earth where food goes with his past Touraine sausages (rillettes, crackling, etc..) Géline Touraine goat cheese, foie gras, confectionery, Touraine wines are the flagships ... this land where life is good. Market Loches, Wednesday and Saturday morning is a showcase flavors and know-how Lochois.
The royal city hides many treasures:
Royal door, only after accessing the city, dating from the 12th and 13th centuries;
The dungeon novel, high 36 meters and in a perfect state of preservation;
The royal house, favorite Valois and marked by three illustrious women Residence: Joan of Arc, Agnes Sorel (official favorite of Charles VII) and Anne of Brittany;
The Saint-Ours, Romanesque splendor built in the 11th and 12th centuries;
Lansyer House, family home of the painter Emmanuel Lansyer (1835-1893), regarded in his time as one of the best landscape painters.
The second wall is home to some of the most beautiful mansions Loches and the third enclosure is sandwiched among prestigious Renaissance buildings: the House of the Centaur, Hotel de Ville (Francis) and the Chancellery, recently restored, where History of Loches is declined, from its origin to the present day (2003 Award "Ribbons Heritage").
The Saint-Antoine church restored in 2011, presents a collection of works of art in the 17th century., Statues and stained glass Avisseau Lobin. The Antonine Gallery houses the exhibition of two paintings "The Caravaggio Philippe de Bethune," altarpiece Jean Poyet (XV c.) And religious treasure Loches.
The cultural and artistic entertainment is permanent art exhibitions, theater, concerts, evening entertainment, summer festivals ... are opportunities to enjoy the atmosphere and ambience of this Millennium City.
"Loches Fest" at Easter.
"Voice Loches in" early July.
International Competition hitch tradition: late July.
The night markets in July and August.
The night road show in the city in July and August.
Nocturnes "A Thousand Lights" in the royal city: the first half of August.
The "Autumn Sonata" in October.
ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND
Loches and South Touraine is a unique setting for relaxation and recreation that you can practice, according to your desire, the following activities: bike rides, hiking and horseback riding, fishing, golf, microlight, canoeing, flying glider, 4x4 trekking, orienteering ... or simply enjoy the forest of Loches which covers nearly 4,000 hectares.