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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Loiret

Montargis - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Loiret

Nicknamed the 'Venice of the Gâtinais' due its network of canals, 17 bridges and pretty waterside houses, Montargis is a lovely town to wander round.

Visitors can also explore the town's museums: the Musée Girodet with its collections of paintings, drawings and sculptures, and the Musée du Gâtinais, which has objects dating from prehistory and the Gallo-Roman period on display.

Those of you with a sweet tooth can savour the famous local speciality, Montargis pralines: delicious caramelised roasted almonds.

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City of Loiret, which is one of the two sub-prefectures, Montargis is located in the natural region of Gâtinais, about thirty kilometers from Nemours. Dubbed the Venice of Gâtinais, particularly because of its 131 bridges and footbridges, Montargis offers a good quality of life and a certain charm.

Over the walks, you can discover beautiful houses with towers and half-timbered, and a typical architecture of the region. Amid these monuments, the presence of a very rich historical and cultural heritage is a plus for the city that once was royal, evidenced by the remains of its castle.

But Montargis is also an important gastronomic heritage, including the famous praline. This small brown grainy shell enveloping a toasted almond was invented in 1636 by a mouth officer. Today, this delicious sweet treat is a gift souvenirs essential when one goes through Montargis.

Things to see and do

Rich of a significant historical and cultural heritage, Montargis reveals each corner a monument or a place of beauty.

Classified as an historic monument, the St. Mary Magdalene church has relics from twelfth, fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Restored in the mid-nineteenth century by the famous Viollet-le-Duc, it still has beautiful stained glass windows out of Lobin workshops Tours.

Montargis Castle remnants are still visible today in the city. Former royal residence, it was built in the sixth century. There is still the square tower of Philip II Augustus, a corner tower and the remains of the crypt and cellars of the royal garden.

Old city hall in neoclassical style, the hotel Durzy now houses a library, the municipal archives, as well as the Girodet museum. Labeled museum in France, it is an art museum with a fine collection of works by Jacques-Louis David, Théodore Géricault, or James Pradier. In the park, one can admire arcades, remains of the Tournemotte hotel Lorris.

The house of the Praline, a copy of a Gothic Revival house was once home to a candy shop, while the hotel Desormeaux, built in the late eighteenth century, still has two towers of the old city walls.

Impossible to miss instead of June 18, 1940, commonly known as The Pâtis, which is now one of the largest squares in France.

Recreational area popular with people of Montargis, Lake Closiers its twelve hectares and offers various water activities like kayaking, swimming pool and a skate park.

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Events and festivities

Montargis is the scene of many events and other cultural and sporting events, to the delight of residents and visitors.

The first Sunday of each month, Montargis welcomes its chips. A market of antiques and flea market popular with bargain hunters and other bargain-hunters.

Montargis stuck the bubble, cartoon festival moved to Montargis in the month of May. At the option of the stands, visitors encounter the best artists in the field, and attend a concert or enjoying BD-hand stalls or not.

From late May to early June, the music festival Sully and Loiret spans several heritage sites of the region, including Montargis. The opportunity to attend classical music concerts performed by internationally known artists as well as young talents.

In late June, up to Musikair festival! Housed at the velodrome, it combines humor and French song through performances of artists recognized like to Oldelaf or Wampas.

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