AN INTERNATIONAL MEETING POINT The urban area of Tours (nearly 300 000 inhabitants) has a leading part to play in the Loire Valley. It lies at the crossroads of the North-South and East-West communication lines of Europe and is only one hour from Paris by high-speed train. Our city, a real hub of motorway and railway connections, is accessible from all directions. It has an airport (where the TAT airline has its head office).
A GREAT SHOPPING CENTRE The city is permanently alive with the activity generated by the many and varied local shops. Ongoing modernization is evident in the number of shopping malls operating or under construction (Galerie Nationale, Galerie du Metropole, Galerie du Palais, Grand Passage). The choice is considerable: from international-class luxury goods to the traditional products of local craftsmen.
CENTRE FOR BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY Resolutely turned towards the future, Tours is increasing the number of its research centres every day, especially medical and pharmaceutical laboratories known throughout the world. The human resources represent 25 000 students in the university and specialized colleges. Tours is also home to large companies specializing in pharmaceuticals, medical equipment; research teams in space development, robotics; services such as insurance groups, all with widespread influence.
"VINCI" The International Conference Center VINCI is situated in the town centre, opposite the railway station and nearby the Tourist Office and offers 3 public studios (2000, 700 and 350 seats). Information: 26 Boulevard Heurteloup - 37027 TOURS CEDEX - Tel: +33 22.214.171.124.70. - Fax: +33 126.96.36.199.43.
CULTURAL ACTIVITIES At the Grand Theatre: operatic season, concerts, theatre. Regional Theatrical Centre : Nouvel Olympia. Jean de Ockeghem Music Centre: formerly St Denis church ( 15th c.). Tanners Hall at the University.
Festivals: Florilege Vocal de Tours (choir music) (last week-end of May). Fetes Musicales en Touraine (June and November). Le Transchorégraphique : modern dance (March and November). Desir...désirs : film festival (January). Aucard de Tours : Rock Festival (May). Rayons Frais, les Arts et la Ville : Tour's annual Arts Festival in the city's streets (July). Academie Francis Poulenc (August). Festival de musique ancienne (September/October). Emergences : jazz music (October/November) CONTEMPORARY ART CENTRE Rue Marcel Tribut – (Tel.02.47.66.50.00. Contemporary art, video room, documentation, cafeteria. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 2 - 6 pm, all year round).
THE CITY'S GARDENS : Gardens of the Musee des Beaux Arts, south of the cathedral. François Sicard Square, opposite the Beaux Arts, Prefecture gardens (nearest the station), Prebendes garden, Mirabeau park. To the north, Tours Sainte Radegonde garden on a former island.Further downstream, the Ile Simon park. To the west, the Botanical gardens: rare plants, animals, green-houses. To the south, the Balzac park on an island in the Cher and the Grammont park on top of the hill overlooking the Cher Valley. Further south-east, the Hates woods and the Larçay forest belong to the city of Tours.
SPORTING TOWN The sports amenities of TOURS are some of the most complete in France. Palais des Sports – all-sports hall (2 swimming pools with one olympic pool ; ice rink ; numerous specialised premises). Open-air olympic swimming pool, nautical Club at the lake near the left bank of the river Cher, Stade d’Honneur (football stadium), rowing course, Canoeing in Saint Avertin (former tributary of the river Cher, outside the city map)
OFFICE DE TOURISME DE TOURS - 78-82 rue Bernard Palissy - BP 4201 - 37042 TOURS Cedex - Tel +33 2 47 70 37 37 Fax +33 2 47 61 14 22