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.

© Tourist office, Blois

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


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


Office de Tourisme de Blois
Pays de Chambord, 23, place du Château, 41006 Blois
Tel: 02 54 90 41 41

Recent Articles

  1. French Truffles Ultimate Guide to France's Black Gold

    Jul 20, 19 02:56 PM

    Known as black gold French truffles are an indulgent luxurious treat. But how are truffles found and what roles do dogs and pigs play?

    Read More

  2. French Markets Guide to Outdoor Markets in France

    Jul 20, 19 08:54 AM

    Utimate guide to French markets and how to shop and what to buy at the wonderful local outdoor markets in France.

    Read More

  3. Vosges Mountains Tourist Guide What to do in the Vosges

    Jul 20, 19 06:15 AM

    Walking, cycling, skiing, winter sports and eating out at a Ferme Auberge. Our ultimate guide to the Vosges Mountains tells you all you need to know.

    Read More

  4. French Liqueurs Guide to the Most Popular Liqueurs in France

    Jul 11, 19 05:10 AM

    Guide to the wide range of French liqueurs including the 14 most popular liqueurs in France

    Read More

  5. French Food and Drink - No BS Guide for lovers of Food, Wine, Liqueurs

    Jul 09, 19 05:18 AM

    Our guide to French food and drink for those who love traditional French food along with our no BS guide to understanding French wine and liqueurs

    Read More