blois
department: loir-et-cher (41)
region: centre


Renowned for its chateau, Blois was the residence of French kings, who successively transformed the town from the early 16th century, when they moved there from Amboise. The inevitable entourage of followers, servants, tradespeople and general hangers-on ensured a period of prosperity for the town.


© Tourist office, Blois


To the north of Blois lie the wind-milled plains of Beauce, while to the south, the lovely landscapes of Sologne. Blois lies at the interface between the limestone geology around Orléans and the more chalky country of Tourraine. The popularity of the region has led to the development of all sorts of leisure activities and a wide variety of organised events. This is certainly the place to get to grips with the history of French royalty, and visitors should plan on spending at least one full day here.


© ATOUT FRANCE/Michel Angot


For the castle hunter, there are no fewer than 10 chateaux within 20km (12 miles) of Blois. Prominent among these are Chambord and Cheverny. 

Not to be missed
A visit to the Château Royal de Blois - the favoured haunt of French kings
Take time out for the Maison de la Magie Robert-Houdin - a wonderful museum dedicated to the history of magic
Don't miss a boat trip on the Loire - ask at the tourist information office for information
If you have the time, take a stroll around the Old Town.

© ATOUT FRANCE/Michel Angot


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TOURIST INFORMATION

Office de Tourisme de Blois
Pays de Chambord, 23, place du Château, 41006 Blois
Tel: 02 54 90 41 41
www.bloischambord.co.uk