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A Parisian suburb

The Eure-et-Loir department has been heavily influenced by the prosperity and importance of its neighbouring region, the Ile-de-France. There are two main rivers running through the area, which the department takes its name from. The first is Eure, which joins up with Seine and the second is Loir, which eventually and slightly confusingly becomes the Loire. Driven by the needs of Paris, much of the countryside is devoted to agriculture. The locals are known for their appreciation of cider, thanks to the area's plentiful supply of apples.

Capital of the corn belt

Chartres, with a population of 40,000, is both the capital of the department and the historical Beauce region (commonly referred to as the 'corn belt'). It is renowned for its spectacular 13th Century cathedral, which still has postcard perfect wheat fields around it. There are two spires, one Gothic and the other Romanesque. It attracts a large number of people each year, not just for its tourist appeal, but also for its significance within Christianity. Pilgrims have been making the journey to Chartres since the middle ages to see the relics collected here. The star attraction is the Sainte Voile, which Mary allegedly wore while giving birth to Jesus.

Beneath the cathedral

Chartres' old town, in the Cathedral's shadow along one bank of the Eure, has been well looked after. It is a perfect place for an evening stroll or, if it's summer, a train ride. There is a fine art museum here containing marvellous displays of tapestry as well as some modern art. The centre of town is calm and spacious, apart from Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays when a lively flower market takes place.

Traditional market towns

There are two main market towns serving the farmers of the department. One of them is Chateaudon, in the south on the Loir River. It can be easily recognised from far away due to the presence of its grand chateau. On a clear day, the views from the top of it are breathtaking. The other is Norgent le Rotrou in the west of Eure-et-Loir. It has a charming old town, which was built mainly in the 15th Century. Not far away is a chateau from the 13th Century, which is now home to a museum focusing on the area.

The centre of three regions

The industrial town of Dreux is located on the border between Normandy and Centre-Val-de-Loire with the Ile de France not much further away. The town is far livelier than the dull image associated with most centres of industry. A statue of the local poet and lieutenant Jean Rotrou can be found in the square named after him.

How to get there

Making your way into the department couldn't be easier, due to its proximity to Paris. France's capital has two airports, both of which are serviced by a wide range of cheap and not-so-cheap airlines from the UK.

Eure-et-Loir property prices

The property market for the region is very healthy, with regular demand from both Paris and abroad. The rental market is active in the tourist towns and quiet countryside.

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Eure-et-Loir AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Eure-et-Loir?

Eure-Et-Loir is the most northerly department of the Centre-Val-De-Loire region of central France.

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IN THE REGION OF CENTRAL LOIRE VALLEY

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IN RELATION TO THE REST OF CENTRAL LOIRE VALLEY

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