Chartres cathedral and the medieval town center | © Patrick Forget www.sagaphoto.com - CDT 28
Chartres cathedral during the "Lights of Chartres" | © Patrick Forget www.sagaphoto.com - CDT 28
Maintenon castle and aqueduct in the royal valley of the Eure | © Patrick Forget www.sagaphoto.com - CDT 28
Royal chapel of Dreux | © Patrick Forget www.sagaphoto.com - CDT 28
The fortress of Nogent-le-Rotrou in the heart of the Perche region | © Patrick Forget www.sagaphoto.com - CDT 28
Ruins of La Ferté Vidame castle in the Perche region | © Patrick Forget www.sagaphoto.com - CDT 28
The Maison de la Tante Léonie museum, house of Marcel Proust’s aunt, in the village of Illiers Combray in the Haute Vallée du Loir | © Patrick Forget www.sagaphoto.com - CDT 28
Châteaudun medieval castle, first castle of the Loire Valley | © Patrick Forget www.sagaphoto.com - CDT 28
Windmill in the cereal grain plateau of Beauce | © Patrick Forget www.sagaphoto.com - CDT 28
Discover your "Vraie France" in Eure-et-Loir and have Paris, the chateaus of the Loire Valley and Normandy at your doorstep. Just an hour west of Paris, Eure-et-Loir is a region that combines all the beauty and traditional pleasures of France: culture, history, art de vivre, gastronomy and authentic country living.
Conveniently situated at the crossroads of Paris, Normandy, Brittany and the chateaus of the Loire Valley, the Eure-et-Loir region offers very diverse landscapes including the wooded hills of Perche region, classified as a Natural Regional Park, as well as the cereal grain plateau of Beauce, and the large green valleys of the Eure and Loir rivers.
Highlights include Chartres Cathedral, a gothic masterpiece, with some of the most amazing stained glass windows in all of France. There's also the picturesque countryside immortalized in the writings of Marcel Proust, the chateaus of Anet and Maintenon, and many other historic homes and villages.
Our region offers infinite possibilities for discovering culture, gastronomy and nature. Let Eure-et-Loir become your home base for travel in France!
Breathtaking. How else can you describe the sight of Chartres Cathedral, and its towering spires glimpsed from a train window, or from your car across fields of golden wheat. An architectural treasure, Chartres Cathedral more than merits its place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Its stained-glass windows are considered some of the most beautiful in France. Stroll the cobbled streets of Chartres’ medieval town center, past timbered houses, through garden terraces and winding roads, to the idyllic banks of the Eure River. Along the way, pause for lunch at one of Chartres’ charming restaurants, and take the time to visit our museums. With your Chartres Pass you’ll save on admission. If you don’t feel like walking, enjoy a guided tour on the “petit train.”
From April to September, don’t miss the night-time illuminations of "Chartres en Lumières", an unforgettable visit of the city’s monuments in color and music.
Rich in historic castles, our "royal valley" follows the Eure River, unvelling exceptionally beautiful vistas. Visit the chateaus of Anet and Maintenon, complete with manicured grounds and elegantly furnished rooms, where France’s most famous royal mistresses held court. Nearby Maintenon and its famous aqueduct, discover the medieval garden at Bois-Richeux, a must for lovers of history and gardening alike. Poised above the town of Dreux, the 19th-century Chapelle Royale, built for the Orléans family, is a neo-gothic treasure. Or simply enjoy the view as you wind your way trhough charming villages and green forests.
If you are looking for country charm and green nature, the Perche region is for you! The Perche is one of France’s most authentic regions. Its natural landscape is protected, allowing you to step back in time and enjoy this truly bucolic and beautiful environment. The Perche is rolling green hills, dotted with manor houses in yellow-toned stone and, of course, the Percheron. The Percheron are majestic workhorses with white or dappled grey coats, that you will see when you visit the Manoir de Courboyer, a 15th-century manor house now the park’s visitor center, and your first stop in the Perche.
The best way to see the Perche is by car. Quiet country roads will take you past regional highlights, including the ruins of La Ferté Vidame castle, and the nearby Chapelle de Réveillon. There's also the fortress of Nogent-le-Rotrou, the gardens of the Abbey at Thiron-Gardais, and many more fortified farms and manor houses.
Bordering the riverbanks, you’ll see impressive historic sites like the 19th-century castle of Montigny-le-Gannelon, and several picturesque villages. A perfect “retreat” for anyone in need of a little oxygen. The medieval cities of Chateaudun and Bonneval, and the village that inspired Marcel Proust, Illiers-Combray, are just a few of the highlights to discover in this scenic valley, on the historic route to both the chateaus of the Loire and Santiago de Compostela. On foot, on bicycle, in a canoe or kayak, the Haute Vallée du Loir offers spectacular panoramas from the canals of Bonneval to the medieval fortress of Chateaudun.
And don’t miss the "Foire aux Laines", a medieval festival held every year in Châteaudun.
This is true farm country. Discover the “Route de Blé”, a cultural and scenic driving tour stretching between the windswept plains and infinite blue skies of the Beauce. As you drive, you’ll see historic windmills (many that you can visit), chateaus and authentic farmhouses, set amongst fields of gold and green, that vary with the seasons.
It was in this region that Emile Zola would write his human drama "La Terre" (Earth), set near the village of Romilly-sur-Aigre. But to really understand life in the Beauce, its people and its tradition of wheat farming, visit the "Maison de la Beauce" in Orgères en Beauce, a cultural center and museum.
Nature surrounds you in Eure-et-Loir. From gently rolling hills to forests, gardens and rivers, a pristine environment to explore on foot, horseback, bicycle or in a hot air balloon. There are over 1,860 miles of hiking trails!
Enjoy a round of golf under the arches of the aqueduct at Maintenon, cycle country roads, and try windsurfing in the Beauce. For fishing enthusiasts, trout and pikes swim in the Loir, Huisne and Eure rivers. Three rivers where you can take in the sites as you try out your canoeing and kayaking skills. Take a breathe of fresh air in Eure-et-Loir!
Enjoy all the charm of French country living when you vacation in Eure-et-Loir. We offer authentic stays in chateaus, country inns and bed and breakfasts. Whether you prefer fireside dining in a country inn, an elegant table in a chateau, or putting together a gourmet picnic full of local specialties, Eure-et-Loir offers all these culinary experiences and more.
Our talented chefs surpass themselves in their innovative approach to French cuisine, and a few offer cooking classes, sharing their culinary secrets with you. In our restaurants and shops, you’ll find the best products from our region – a veritable showcase of French art de vivre.
Located just one hour from Paris by car or by train, perfect for weekend breaks, Eure-et-Loir is very easy to get from all the large cities of Europe. Southwest of Paris between Normandy and the Loire Valley, Eure-et-Loir is no more than three hours from most major European cities: London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Zurich, Milan, Turin, Madrid.
Eure-et-Loir Tourist Board
10 rue du Docteur Maunoury - BP 67
Tel. : +33 (0)2 37 84 01 00