Loches, "City of Art and History", listed among "the most beautiful corners of France, but instead 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 its TGV station.
Sub-prefecture of the Indre-et-Loire, Loches plays a crucial role in relays and entertainment for the whole country of 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 strongholds of the Loire Valley, with three successive walls are one of the sites better protected and preserved in France.
Loches is also a city where terroir gastronomy is consistent with its past meats Touraine (rillettes, crackling, etc..) Géline of Touraine goat cheese, foie gras, sweets, wines of Touraine ... are the flagships of this land where life is good.
The royal city hides many treasures:
The Royal Gate, only after accessing the city, dating from the 12th and 13th centuries;
The Norman keep, its height of 36 meters and in a perfect state of preservation;
The Royal House, favorite residence of the Valois and marked by three illustrious women: Joan of Arc, Agnes Sorel (official favorite of Charles VII) and Anne of Brittany;
The church of Saint-Ours, Romanesque splendor built in the 11th and 12th centuries;
Lansyer House, ancestral home of the painter Emmanuel Lansyer (1835-1893), considered in his time as one of the best landscape painters.
The second wall is home to some of the prettiest homes Loches and the third ring is sandwiched among prestigious buildings of the Renaissance: the House of the Centaur, the City Hall (Francis) and the Chancellery, recently restored, where History of Loches is declined, from its origins to the present day (Price 2003 "The Heritage Ribbons") and which houses the exhibition "Caravaggio Philippe de Bethune ...".
The Church of St. Anthony of Loches was inaugurated June 25, 2011 after two years of work.
The cultural and artistic animation is permanent: art exhibitions, theater, concerts, summer night shows, festivals ... are opportunities to enjoy the atmosphere and ambience of this Millennium City.
Living welfare in Sorel Space: early May.
"Loches in Jazz" and "Days of Painters" in June.
The Night Markets in July and August.
The "Feast of Fools" (medieval festival) in July.
The itinerant night show in July and August.
The festival "Pad'Non" (contemporary music) in September.
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.