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Area:   39 151 km2
Population:   About 2 443 000
Climate:   Continental
Capital city:   Orléans
Departments:   18 - Cher (Bourges), 28 - Eure-et-Loire (Chartres), 36 - Indre (Chateauroux), 37 - Indre-et-Loire (Tours), 45 - Loiret (Orléans)

Named "Centre" for its location in the heart of France, this remarkable region is dominated by the legendary Loire Valley. It is easily accessible from Paris, thanks to numerous autoroutes and the TGV high-speed train, which makes its Paris-to-Tours run in only 55 minutes. From early spring to late autumn, natural splendors abound in the valleys of the Loire and its eastern tributaries, the rivers Indre, Cher, Beuvron, Sauldre, and Allier.

The history of the Loire Valley is written in its architecture. For centuries the halls, turrets, and gardens of a thousand châteaux have been the setting for romance, politics, and intrigue. Among the best-known châteaux are Chambord, Chenonceau, Blois, and Villandry, but enchantment awaits in lesser-known examples also: Chaumont-sur-Loire, Talcy, Château de Beauregard, Château de Chamerolles. In Ussé you can find the inspiration for the castle of Sleeping Beauty.

Centre is also home to two of France's great cathedrals, at Bourges and Chartres. The latter contains some of the best examples of stained glass in France, fashioned by the same master-craftsmen who later constructed the magnificent windows of King Louis IX's Sainte-Chapelle in Paris.

The valley of the Loire produces 22 fine wines, including Bourgueil, Sancerre, Valençay, Vouvray, Montlouis, and Menetou-Salon. Among the region's excellent cheeses are Crottin de Chavignol, Selles-sur-Cher, and Sainte-Maure de Touraine.

Weather information for Tours

Today

» PM Light Rain
» Low: 46°F / 8°C
» High: 51°F / 11°C
Tomorrow

» Light Rain/Fog
» Low: 50°F / 10°C
» High: 59°F / 15°C
Friday

» Light Rain
» Low: 51°F / 11°C
» High: 62°F / 17°C

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Regional tourism board
Department tourism board

Centre-Val-de-Loire Region
    Tourism
            Rgion Centre (Regional tourism board)
    Accommodations
            Selected Hotels in Centre Region (Hotel)  

Department 18 - Cher
    Tourism
            Aubigny (Tourism office)
            Bourges (Tourism office)
            Pays Sancerre Sologne (Association)
            Sancerre (Tourism office)

Department 28 - Eure-et-Loire
    Tourism
            Eure & Loir (Department tourism board)
            Anet (Town)
            Chartres (Tourism office)
            Dreux (Tourism office)

Department 36 - Indre
    Tourism
            Berry - welcome to the Indre (Department tourism board)
            Deols in Berry (Town)
            Issoudun (Town)
            Saint-Valentin, the lover's village (Tourism office)

Department 37 - Indre-et-Loire
    Tourism
            Your holiday in the heart of the Touraine Loire Valley (Department tourism board)
            Amboise Val de Loire (Town)
            La Chapelle aux Naux (Private site)
            Loches and Southern Touraine (Tourism office)
            Tours (Tourism office)

Department 45 - Loiret
    Tourism
            Loiret (Department tourism board)
            Loury (Private site)
            Montargis (Private site)
            Orlans (Town)

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