The Royal City of Loches Launches a New and Immersive 1 Million pounds Multimedia Tour
Although it’s slightly off the beaten track, The Royal City of Loches, perched majestically on a rocky spur 40 km south of Tours and surrounded by ramparts, is well worth the side trip. And all the more so, if you get there this spring in time to see the historic medieval city take a giant leap forward into our digital era!
Loches has set June 15 as the launch date for its exciting new 1M£ multimedia tour of the city’s two key and very contrasting attractions: the imposing 36-meter keep, with its bleak, scary dungeons and torture chambers, and the gracious and elegant Renaissance royal lodge below, the favourite residence of the Valois kings and their assorted wives and mistresses.
You’ll be guided through 750 sq. m. of 15 made-to-order set designs by the voices of two fictional characters, a page and a lady of the court, who will take you back through the annals of history and a saga spanning over 1,000 years. They’ll regale you with the real-life stories of the many illustrious figures that made the royal city famous: riveting tales of power, money, love and intrigue, all highlighted by videos, music and dazzling special effects.
So if you need another good reason to visit this remarkable fortified city at the southernmost tip of the Loire Valley, you certainly can’t beat that one. Check out the video to see why you won’t want to miss it!
There’s a lot to see not only in Loches, but in its neighboring areas as well:
The Château de Chenonceau, a jewel in the crown of the Loire Valley and, after Versailles, the most visited château in France.
The ZooParc de Beauval, a fabulous 35-hectare nature reserve 40 km south of Blois.
The charming little villages of Montrésor, one of the ‘Beautiful Villages of France’ with its narrow, winding streets, half-timbered houses and fairytale décor, and Chédigny listed as a ‘Remarkable Garden of France’ with its profusion of roses, rhododendrons and wisteria.
And plenty of good places to stay if you want to dally in Loches, check out the local markets, shops and cafés for a taste of French small–town provincial life, or take in the sites nearby. For more information or to book a room, click below:
3-star vacation complex in a converted mill on the banks of the River Indre, just across from the royal residence; indoor and outdoor swimming pool, private car park, exceptional setting.
Lovely B&B in a prestigious historic townhouse; 3 elegantly decorated guest rooms; patio/balcony, garden, garage, fireplace.
2-star hotel-restaurant on the outskirts of Loches; 39 modern and comfortable rooms; covered and heated swimming pool, tennis court and panoramic view of the château.
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