A metropolitan area rooted in its regional and national surroundings Ideally located at the heart of many major transport routes, the city is open to the world around it. It is easily accessible and attractive, with a motorway and an international airport, as well as the recently opened second part of the high-speed rail line between Paris and Bordeaux, which places Tours at the centre of the Atlantic network.
A hotspot of French innovation The historic MAME site (a creation and innovation centre) has become the epicentre of French Tech Loire Valley and home to emerging new technologies. Building on its past, Tours has now established itself as an important cluster of research and training. Its Regional University Hospital and University, with a total of 30,000 students including 11% from abroad, play a major role in this success.
The art of living well Tours has been traditionally known as the "Garden of France" and it has preserved this heritage with no less than 400 hectares of green spaces. In 2017, the organisation that oversees the development of green spaces in French towns and cities named Tours as the French city with the greatest amount of greenery. The art de vivre in Tours also extends to its cuisine, with the creation of the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie; the city boasts an outstanding architectural heritage as well as a thriving cultural scene for all tastes and ages.
A sporting city Throughout the year, Tours plays host to many international sporting events. Paris-Tours is a major example, as are the Howard Hinton Sevens (rugby sevens) and the Nuit des Titans (Thai boxing). These competitions are the pride of the city and contribute to its impact on the sporting scene. Tours also shines through the results achieved by clubs such as European volleyball champions Tours VB. However, sport is also practised at lower levels in Tours. The city boasts more than 30,000 licence holders, who belong to around 200 associations and clubs in over 70 different disciplines.
Burgeoning from the feet of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres, our city is blessed with an exceptional living environment in which medieval alleys are adorned with historical monuments, parks and flower gardens. Chartres promotes its rich and concentrated heritage with a programme of cultural performances and events that combine all sorts of artistic manifestations with activities for everyone. The flagship event is "Chartres en lumières". Every evening from April to December, the night of Chartres fills with light and the facades of its monuments come to life in an event known and renowned around the world.
A sporting hub Chartres is also a sporting hub that hosts a wide range of top-flight competitions every year. Swimming, table tennis, cue sports, BMX, squash… The podium places of national, European and international sports are decided in Chartres. It also provides fertile ground for experimentation and the development of new genres, such as the Solar Cup, the only race for solar-powered vehicles in France. In any case, cycling remains the favourite sport in Chartres, as proved by the wild success of the multiple Tour de France stages that it has hosted. Every time the race pays a visit, locals turn out in force to cheer on the riders. In 2021, interest in cycling will again reach fever pitch in Chartres as the city sees off the peloton of the 115th edition of Paris-Tours, the fourth consecutive time that it hosts the start of the race.