You are in holiday in Paris and you want to go out of the city to discover other places and to get a breath of fresh air, look no further. Chartres is the perfect place for you. Chartres, in the Centre-Val de Loire region, will offer you everything you need from historical heritage and countryside, to historical building and hiking.
Apart Inn Paris, real estate agency, specialized in short term rental presents you the best things to see and to do in Chartres. The City, one hour from Paris, is the perfect place to spend a day or two far from the restlessness of Paris.
The municipality of Chartres is also called « The capital of Light and Perfume ». It is an internationally known city thanks to its cathedral registered in the world patrimony of the UNESCO.
And its location right near the Chateaux of the Loire valley is another advantage for Chartres. Only 90 km away from Paris it represents the perfect place for an excursion from Paris.
How to access to Chartres from Paris :
1h15 by car
1h00 by train starting from the Montparnasse station
Things to do in Chartres
The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Chartres
The built of he Notre-Dame de Chartres Cathedral, a typical monument of the french gothic art , ended on the 13th century further to the fire of the old cathedral in 1194 which was typical of the romanesque art.
Nowadays this cathedral is considered as a pilgrimage place. It has been registered in the world patrimony of the UNESCO.
The two towers of this cathedral accessible to the public offer a beautiful 360° view of Chartres.
It’s unthinkable to visit this municipality without visiting this splendid cathedral overhanging the city and the plains of Beauce.
The Saint-André collegial and its gardens
The church of the Saint-André collegial built on an antique amphitheater on the 11th century is typical of the Romanesque art. It is also listed as an historical monument.
Under the French revolution and until 1861, this church had lost its first vocation and became a fodder shop.
Located 15 minutes away walking distance from the city center, nowadays, this church welcome various events particularly contemporary art exhibition.
Beyond the church, the preservation of the gardens are exeptionnal particularly, the medieval garden which presents plants as people liked to cultivate them on the Middles Ages.
Hiking around Chartres
The Eure et Loire region offers more than 150 hiking tours on more than 3000 km path accesible by foot, by bik, by horse on so on.
Chartres and the Eure et Loire region offers different kind of hike accessible to anybody from the professional to the family.
You will also have the possibility to discover the Eure river and the Loire river by canoe or kayak.
Chartres en Lumière
Each year between April and October, each night, come to discover all the monuments of the city illuminated by the scenography of different artists and by some lighting effects.
Each year the « Fête des lumières » is an unique event whih gather thousands of persons around the different monuments of the city and some lighting effects.
Of course, we can not sum up Chartres to its cathedral due to the incredible number of things to do and things to see. Frequently unknown, Chartres is favorable to romantic ramble and it’s also the perfect place to begin your visit of the Chateaux of the Loire valley.
If you decide to eat something, we highly recommend you to go to the Saint-Hilaire restaurant, located 11 rue du Pont Saint Hilaire, which offer you a traditional and refined french food with seasonal products.
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