Life in Tours
Tours is a human-sized city . With 300,000 inhabitants, the city of Tours has the characteristic to have 40% of its people being under 30 years old. The presence of 22,000 François-Rabelais university students is no stranger to this young population, who likes to be at the heart of the «vieux» Tours, place Plumereau.
At 55 minutes from Paris by TGV, Tours has also an airport with a daily service to London. City of the «good life», its advantages are many: the sweetness of the Loire river, its many parks and public gardens, sports clubs, cultural and associative structures as well as is historic heritage.
Touraine is also the land of castles of the Loire: Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceau, Villandry and its gardens, the Clos Luce...
Names associated with the history of France, with its kings, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance (Louis XI, Charles VIII, François I,), but also St. Martin, Leonardo da Vinci, Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Médicis, Ronsard , Rabelais, Descartes, Balzac, Bergson.
Touraine, the garden of France, also has a renowned vineyard with wine cellars and restaurants whose cuisine is in the tradition of «Gourmet meal of the French», officially registered since 2010 in the list of intangible cultural heritage of the UNESCO. Already in 2000, UNESCO chose to make the Loire Valley an area of major heritage by including over 250 km, as a cultural landscape, alongside the world’s largest sites.