Our family plan to visit Loches after visiting Chenoneau in the morning. Can someone suggest activities in Loches, such as walk for sightseeing? Many thanks!
Thank you FM! I just located its tourist office and will start from there. What's special about this town? Is it Royal city, the old town?
We had a week stay in Loches. First the town. It is walled at the bottom with lots of little shops in the first area. They hold the markets here twice a week. Then you climb the street up and around the side of the hill. There are gorgeous houses all the way up which I covet. At the top is a serious keep, all forbidding and medieval and a Renaissance palace, still furnished. In between is a curious church with twin hollow pyramids on the roof. When we visited a mother's day mass was in progress and everyone was in white with white roses.
The views over the town are lovely and there are a couple of places to eat if you wish, though my favourite place to eat is the Gerbe d'Or outside the walls in the more modern town.
When we visited the roses were blooming in profusion and were stunning. We visited Chedigny for their rose festival and also walked through nearby Beaulieu-les-Loches which has some gorgeous half timbered houses.
You won't lack things to do.
Thank you both for the great ideas!
We just got back from our Loire Valley vacation and visited Loches for Friday evening and all day Saturday. Beautiful town to visit. After seeing many chateau in the Lorie Valley, seeing the dungeon/castle was very different and unique. Loved it. Note that the dungeon has an area where you can climb the tower with a iron walkway leading up to the top; the top is VERY high up. I oped not to climb the stairs to do this as I have issues with open stairs and high distances. (I had no problem with stairs in the chateau because they are cement). That said my husband and 2 daughters did the climb and loved it; 1 daughter said she felt slightly queezy looking down as you can see all the way down. But fantastic. We also visited the Collegiate Church of Saint Ours; very pretty. Lastly we were there during the open market on Saturday - VERY busy as I think this is one of the larger markets going on. Parking was difficult so if you go on a Saturday get there early. The market featured mostly food products but they did have a lovely soap shop. Wanted to buy a table cloth or linens but couldn't find any booth that sold these.
I'm sure you will enjoy Loches as we did!!