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The bright, lively capital of the Loire Valley region straddles not one beautiful river, but two – the Loire and the Cher – with the picturesque Vieux Tours old quarter lying on the long narrow peninsula between them. Brilliant modern architecture contrasts with an array of historic buildings, and all over France the city is famed for fine food and wine. There’s a sense that this is the place to enjoy the good life. No wonder the writer Honoré de Balzac called it “a smiling city”.


Population Approximately 140,000
Currency Euro (EUR) €1 = 100 cents
Opening hours Most shops are open from Tuesdays to Saturdays between 9 am-12 pm and 3-7 pm. Most supermarkets are open Mondays to Saturdays between 8.30 am-12.30 pm and 3-7.30 pm, and have late closing on certain days. Most museums and sights keep similar hours, but are closed one day a week, usually Monday or Tuesday.
Newspapers La Nouvelle République
Le Monde (national)
Emergency numbers Police: 17
Ambulance: 15/112
Fire Brigade: 18
Tourist information Office De Tourisme De Tours
78-82 rue Bernard Palissy, Tours (near the railway station)
+33 2 47 70 37 37
Opening hours:
April to September: Mon-Sat 8.30 am-7 pm. Sun 10 am-12.30 pm and 2.30-5 pm
October to March: Mon-Sat 9 am-12.30 pm and 1.30-6 pm. Sun 10 am-1 pm