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From October 25 to March 2015

 

A unique exhibition presenting examples of carvings in Touraine from Galo-Roman times to the twentieth century. Presented as a walk through the centuries...read more here.


The Royal Lodgings are open during the exhibition everyday from 9:30 to 17:00 except 25 December 2014 and 1 st January 2015.

 

 

Christmas market

14th December

 

Loches in the Loire Valley

 

 

 the citadel town of Loches 

 

Loches, one of our favourite places in Centre Val-de-Loire, is a very pleasant medieval riverside town in the department of Indre-et-Loire, southeast of Tours, resting on the banks of the Indre River.

 

Your first impression of Loches will be of a town steeped in history, that still retains its authenticity, one of the best-preserved in France. Guidebooks actually have it 'listed' it as a town of Art & History as well as recommended detour (plus beau detour). Its narrow, traffic free streets in the old town could be the same ways travelled by the kings, queens and heroines of its medieval past.

narrow cobbled street in Loches

Arched gate entry ino Loches narrow street in Loches another narrow cobbled street in Loches

 

Yet it has also slipped into the future sympathetically to give us a town of character with all the modern amenities you need.

 

cobbled street in Loches showings some of the shops

 

Shoppers will find it a joy - especially on market days.

 

street view of market day in Loches

 

flower market at Loches

Flower market

cheese stall at Loches market

Cheese stall

 

street view of Loches showing street cafes

The town also has many fine bistros and restaurants, to suit most budgets. If you are planning to have lunch on market days it is recommended that you make a prior booking. Check out 'Le Gerbe d'Or'.

terrace of Le Gerbe d'Or restaurant in Loches  

narrow street in Loches with cafe tables

 

 It is a citadel town and has a medieval complex within its walls which includes a castle keep, a royal residence and a collegiate church.

view of the dojon ramparts at Loches  

Donjon

view of Loches chateau from lower town

Royal lodgings

 

St.Oars church

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Porte Royal,entrance into citadel at Loches

Porte Royale

 

plan of citadel ealk in Loches

Plan of citadel walk

 

Its chateau and dungeon are easily accessible by walking up Rue de Chateau and entering the citadel via the 'Porte Royale' - well worth a visit - learn of the Richard the Lionheart connection.

 

Fete Medieval 2014

 

The town has an annual medieval festival - this year seems to be earlier than usual on May  24th & 25th

You can see the programme of events here:

 

http://a-tous-les-temps.over-blog.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see 2013's here : loirevalleyexperiences.blogspot

 This the 'Tour Saint-Antoine' in Loches

 

 

Another interesting monument of the town is the huge belfry (see top photo.) that dominates the skyline of the lower town. This the 'Tour Saint-Antoine' which is the only vestige of a church of the same name that used to stand on this site. It rises to 52 meters. Built between 1529 and 1575, it is apparently the only bell tower of  Renaissance design in Touraine.

 

 

 

 

view of Royale Logis in Loches from public gardens

 

fountain in public gardens in Loches

There is a lovely public park on the other side of the river which looks up to the chateau and you should seek it out for its bandstand and floral displays as they make for great  photo opportunities.

Bandstand in public park Loches

 

You can see more garden pics here:loirevalleyexperiences.blogspot

river Indre at Loches

another view of river indre at Loches
The river Indre runs through the town – its twisting current making it challenging for anglers who like to fish along the banks, right in the heart of town. It also gives the town additional character  and appeal.

 

Within easy walking distance there are two museums, municipal tennis courts and an indoor swimming pool .

 

 

The town is also well served by supermarkets with a large 'Super U' to the north and a 'E.Leclerc' to the south on the outskirts.

 

The Caravaggio controversy:

 

Two paintings discovered discarded in a church organ loft in 2006, in the town, were identified on an inventory as original Caravaggio's and reputed to be worth up to 50 million each !

Although initially authenticated as originals various  experts have since doubted the pictures are by him. This has not stopped Loches promoting itself as a 'Caravaggio town' and they can be viewed where they were discovered at the church of Saint-Antoine during 2010.

 

Is the Renaissance rascal overtaking Michelangelo in the popularity stakes? Check out article here... http://www.nytimes.com/

 

 

Lowest rate guaranteed : No booking fees.

 

   The town is 'twinned' with Wermelskirchen (Germany) and Saint-Andrews (Scotland).

 

 

 

 

 

 Directions to Loches

 

 

To get directions to Loches click 'go' and add starting point.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External links:

 

www.ville-loches.fr/                             Official website of town

 

www.loches-tourainecotesud.com/       Tourist board of Southern Touraine

 

Blogroll:

 

loirevalleyexperiences.blogspot             Blogpost on Loches' medieval festival

 

 

 

 

 

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Rentals

 

Choose a village house to rent near Loches in the Loire Valley direct from the owners.

 

 

'La Folie'

Sleeps 10

 

 

 

'Les Balcons'

Sleeps up to 6

Le Grand Pressigny

 

 

 

'Le Bourg'

Sleeps up to 6

Barrou

 

 

 

'Les Tilleuls'

Sleeps 6-8

Barrou

 

 

 

'La Charlerie'

Sleeps 2

Barrou

 

 

'Les Nocereaux'

Sleeps 6

Barrou/rural