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A great historic city

The city of Bourges is set in the lovely heartlands of France, in what many consider to be the most beautiful part of the elegant Loire Valley, a region known for its vineyards and fabulous chateaux. Bourges is the capital city of the Cher department of central France, and is a great centre of art and history. It has many utterly different areas which are an endless source of fascination, and which mean that not only does everyone who comes to Bourges find something to delight them, but also that it is a city in which you will never be bored!

Art, history and shopping too!

Bourges is classified as a city of "art and history", and there is certainly plenty of art, history and culture to be found. If your interests are less highbrow however, do not let this deter you, as Bourges is also one of France's most delightful shopping cities. Browse at will, the lovely little shops set in pretty cobbled streets and interspersed with pavement cafés, which positively invite you to sit and take a little break for coffee, "chocolat chaud", cakes and pastries.

Bourges's cathedral, museum and ruins

If you are in search of culture and education, however, there is no better place to begin than with the magnificent Gothic cathedral, St Etienne, which towers over the town. Built in the 12th century, the cathedral is classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. Take time too to visit the Maurice Esteve Museum and the ruins of the Gallo Roman walls around the city. And perhaps you may also like to visit the fascinating marshes of the Yèvre and Voiselle Rivers.

Peace and colour....

Proving once again the diversity of its glories, Bourges offers so much more than shopping and history. There are many places within the city where you can find peace and quiet, green spaces and the beauty of nature. Take a walk beside the Berry Canal, where the slow pace of life on the water will soothe even the most stressed out city dweller. If natural beauty and vibrant colour is what pleases your eye, the city's water gardens should do the trick nicely.

What to do in and around Bourges

If all of that isn't enough to keep you busy, then you could try some of the city's excellent restaurants and enjoy the best of the fine wines and foods for which the Loire Valley is famous. Bourges offers all types of eating experience ranging from pizzerias and fast food restaurants to the finest of French gourmet fare... just take your pick.

For the more active

If, however, you prefer to get active, then you will be pleased to learn that Bourges is a city with a great sporting tradition, with almost 200 different sporting associations registered… this should be enough for you to find an activity to your liking! Of course, you can travel outside the city limits for even more choice, and the Loire region is a fascinating place to explore, with its proliferation of chateaux, vineyards, lakes and rivers.

How to get there

The town of Tours has an airport which offers direct flights from the UK with budget airline Ryanair. It is also feasible to fly to Paris for a greater choice of airline and departure airports, although if you choose to do this the driving or train travelling distance will be increased. The TGV runs from Lille to Tours, making train travel a practical alternative to flying.

Property prices and availability in and around Bourges

Property in Bourges can be quite expensive, and in general prices in the region are above the national average. It is, however, a good place to invest in property as prices are still rising, and the area has a timeless appeal to the tourist trade, making bed and breakfast or gîte properties a profitable idea.

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Bourges AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Bourges?

Bourges is located in the very centre of France, slightly to the west of the centre of the Cher department.

Bourges Property Map

IN THE REGION OF CENTRAL LOIRE VALLEY

Central Loire Valley Guide

Central Loire Valley Property Map

IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CHER

Cher Guide

  Cher Map


Population: 76,000


Access: By air: Tours is the nearest airport, but it is also feasible to fly to Paris which offers a greater choice of airlines and departure points. By rail: The TGV runs from Lille to Tours, making train travel a practical alternative to flying.


Economy: The economy is a typical big city economy, with great diversity of commerce, industry and tourism.


Interesting fact: Bourges's female basket ball team has won the European championship three times.


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