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Blois

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Loir-et-Cher

Blois - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Loir-et-Cher
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Situated on the edge of the Loire River, Blois, a City of Art and History, forms an attractive and harmonious architectural group with its royal château, houses in the old town and religious monuments.

A former residence of French kings, the Château de Blois is a majestic building that is unusual because it features several different architectural styles - Gothic, Flamboyant Gothic, Italian Renaissance and Classical - a wonderful range of French architecture. The château's highlights include the gate topped by an equestrian statue of Louis XII, the stunning internal courtyard and the four wings from different periods and of different architectural styles, and the sumptuous spiral staircase in the Francis I wing. The fine art museum in the Louis XII wing houses a collection of tapestries, paintings and sculptures. From April to September every year, an enchanting evening light and sound show, "Ainsi Blois vous est conté...", which recounts the history of this famous building, is put on in the courtyard.

Outside its walls, Place du Château is a very pleasant place for a drink on one of the café terraces. Horse-drawn carriage tours of the old town depart from this square, at the château entrance.

In front of the castle, the Robert Houdin magic museum is dedicated to magic and illusion. Kids and adults can discover the history of magic, as well as collections of magician's tools, like those of the famous French conjurer Robert Houdin. Another museum to visit is the Objet museum, a former convent housing a collection of works by modern and contemporary artists, such as Dali, Caesar, Arman and Christo. Horse fans should go to the National stud farm and immerse themselves in the world and history of horses.

The visit of Blois continues in the picturesque narrow, sloping streets of the historic centre, which are full of charm and great to stroll around. There are also beautiful gardens to be seen towards Saint-Louis cathedral. From the vast esplanade of the town hall, there is a fantastic view of the bishop's palace gardens, the slate roofs of the old town and the royal river!

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Loir-et-Cher, halfway between Tours and Orleans, Blois boasts the splendor of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Former royal residence under Louis XII, there are traces of this illustrious past through the royal castle, wonderfully renovated during the nineteenth century.

City of Art and History, the former royal city is astonished by the richness of its heritage as well as by its numerous cultural sites. This city with a human size, with its 50 000 inhabitants, seduces by its sweetness of life, but also its amazing gastronomy. Fish from the Loire, such as catfish or pike, or wines from prestigious vines such as the hillsides of the Loire, delicious tortures are numerous in the region. Not to be missed, the Aristrocrate, a very good biscuit created in the XIXth century and which is the pride of the chocolatiers of Blois.

Turning towards culture, the one that balances the two big cities that surround it, also offers a beautiful program in terms of cultural events and other exhibitions of all kinds.

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Rich city, Blois does not lack of patrimonial or historical attractions, which attract lovers of beautiful stones and pretty legends.

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Scope of culture, the city of Blois continues to organize every year many events of all kinds that drive the ancient royal city. History, music..., everyone finds happiness!

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