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Situated 37 miles north east of Tours, this small city receives hordes of tourists each year. Set against the Loire, next to the hillside, this pleasant town is filled with intersecting lanes that were built in the Middle Ages.
Primarily, people visit Blois to see the great Chateau de Blois. Steeped in history and macabre stories of betrayal and revenge, every section of the castle holds something of historical importance. The building itself is like an illustrated storybook of French architecture.
It's best just to experience the town on foot; you'll find cobblestone streets and restored white houses with slate roofs and red brick chimneys. Head to the rue du Commerce, or the rue St Martin, if you feel like shopping. There, you'll discover specialist shops selling antiques, handcrafts and superb chocolate.
There are plenty of recommended restaurants around town, the grandest of these is, L'Orangerie du Château. Even though Blois is not really a town for part-goers, it does have a few places to go for a drink. Pub Mancini boasts over 100 brands of beer.
There's no better way to explore the Loire valley than to rent a bicycle or take one with you on oyur travels. Most of this region is relatively flat with stunning scenery. Cycles Le Blond, is the shop where you can rent a bike if needed.
The nearest airport is in Tours. There are many trains running to and from the airport to Blois. Approximately 5 trains arrive in Blois from Tours each day. The Paris-Austerlitz line 6 trains per day from Paris. If you're driving from Tours, take RN152 east to Blois.