Find the not to be missed sights of Tours
Built in the 9th century by the Counts of Blois, the château de Tours has since lived an eventful life full of surprises. In the eleventh century, the counts of Anjou enlarged the construction: perhaps to bring in the guests of the wedding of Charles VII and Marie d'Anjou, in 1413, or to properly welcome Joan of Arc, back from Orléans, in 1429. But difficult to imagine that they predicted that a few centuries later, their home would be transformed into an aquarium! Fortunately, the passage of the creatures of the Loire between the walls of the castle did not last. Once the pike and catfish returned to the river, the construction found a slightly more academic role. In partnership with the Jeu de Paume in Paris, the exhibitions department of the city of Tours organizes a dozen events at the castle each year. Leave your Kyriad Tours Center hotel and stop in the noble residence to discover exhibitions of painting, photography, sculpture and contemporary art. A space in the castle is also dedicated to the young public, with animations and dedicated activities. A first step on the route to the castles of the Loire, before following the river towards Azay-le-Rideau, Langeais or Chinon...
Take a few moments away from the breathtaking pace of the city for the calm of one of the most beautiful gardens in France. Created in the mid-nineteenth century, the mission of the Jardin botanique de Tours is to protect rare plants and raise public awareness of the preservation of biodiversity. Originally, the garden was conceived as a form of "library" for the local medical school. Today, it still preserves specimens known for their therapeutic virtue and which are also known to be powerful poisoners, within the Garden of medicinal plants. Rather than having a carnivorous plant bite you, head to the thematic garden, with its space dedicated to Japan's flora, or the garden of the two worlds and the big greenhouses, which gather exotic plants from the American West and South Africa. A change of scenery completed by the nearby presence, in the animal park, of species that are rarely seen between the Cher and the Loire: wallabies, parrots, emus and flamingos! Before returning to the city, head to your Kyriad Tours Center hotel, take a few moments of Zen in the new contemporary garden, which offers meditation sessions and yoga classes.
O Companion! Joiner, carpenter, stonemason, pastry chef! Since its creation in 1968, the musée du Compagnonnage a has been home to the best craftsmen of the country. An essential stopover on the road of young companions, always on the road as tradition dictates. Created in the Middle Ages, the compagnonnage invites the young craftsmen of France to embark on a tour of France to perfect their technique with masters of the specialty. It is also a journey of initiation since the objective is not only to train qualified craftsmen but also honest and upright men. From your Kyriad Tours Center hotel, go on a short trip to discover the museum, close to the Loire. While the work of the companions can be admired on the side of the cathédrale de Tours, the museum allows to discover smaller pieces, but of an exceptional fineness, showing a rare control of the work in wood, stone or textile. Guided tours also reveal the operation of this society based on merit, talent and solidarity. The temporary exhibitions and the permanent renewal of the artifacts on display also prove that the companions' tour de France is far from over.