Published on 30/04/2013

Culture, recreation and heritage

Famous for its mild climate, wonderful landscapes, and elegant castles, Touraine is a region renowned for its rich heritage. Val de Loire is classified as world heritage by UNESCO.

A living city

Tours is a city where you can enjoy life, you can shop, have a drink... A short distance away from the Institute, the historical district is well-known for its cafes and terraces. In summer, an open-air cafe where you can dance and listen to the music, is located on the shore of the river Loire. A university town, Tours has numerous movie theatres and concert halls. Very close to the Institute, the "Petit Faucheux" is the largest concert hall in France dedicated to jazz music. The "Temps machine" provides highly-specialized electronic music programs.

A region at the heart of the history of France

Touraine is at the heart of the famous region of the castles of Loire, which hosted the kings of France, Joan of Arc and Leonardo da Vinci. Almost fifty famous castles are located in Val de Loire. The unforgettable castle of Amboise and the amazing castle of Chenonceau are less than 30 minutes away from Tours by train. Touraine is the birthplace of illustrious writers such as Rabelais, Ronsard or Balzac.

Preserved nature

Val de Loire is called the "Garden of France". Following the example of Villandry and its famous French gardens, the region has numerous parks and gardens open to the public. Crossed by the Loire, the last wild river of Europe, Touraine is known for its walks, wild water canoe races, hot air balloons flights, and horseback rides. A unique itinerary in Europe, biking along the Loire river you can cross the center of France all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

A gourmet tradition

Wines of Chinon, Bourgueil, Vouvray or Montlouis, goat cheese, deli meat... Touraine is a well-known region for the quality of its wines and cooking. Around the Institut de Touraine, there are many gourmet or affordable restaurants, pizzerias, pancake houses and foreign restaurants. The wine and cooking workshops of the Institute initiate the students to the French gastronomic heritage.