5 Things To Do in Tours, France

When I told people that I was traveling to Tours, they all looked confused or asked me which tour I was going on. I can’t count how many times I had to explain that Tours was a city in France, but to be honest, I didn’t know much about Tours either. Throughout my years of studying French, I had never heard of the city and I couldn’t wait to see what Tours had to offer.

La Guinguette

La Guinguette is an outdoor tavern next to The Loire River. If you ever need something to do on a Saturday night (or any night), La Guinguette is the place to go. With its live concerts, dance performances, and events, it’s perfect for meeting new locals, having a good time, or just relaxing by the river. I also love how unpredictable La Guinguette is. One day, you may find yourself dancing a traditional French dance with the locals and the next day you could be on the dance floor with a goat.  I love it!

La Plage de Tours

La Plage de Tours is located on the other side of La Guinguette. It’s a cute little “beach” by the river. This side of the river is a bit calmer, so if you’re not up for partying at La Guinguette, La Plage de Tours is great for relaxing.

Place Plumereau

Place Plumereau is a small shopping plaza filled with great restaurants and surrounded by historic buildings. If you’re looking for a great meal or a good glass of wine, you’ll be sure to find one in Place Plumereau.  

Rue Nationale

Rue Nationale is a long street full of shops and restaurants. This is the perfect place to buy souvenirs because things aren’t as pricy as they are in Paris.

Fête du vélo

If you like bike riding, Tours is an awesome place to do so.  I’m not sure how often the bike festival takes place, but they had two during my time in Tours. You can also easily rent a bike on any day and ride along The Loire River.

I hope this is helpful if you ever find yourself in Tours!