Cheap flights to Centre

The Region of Centre is located southwest of the French capital Paris and is one of the 27 regions of France. It comprises of several historic former provinces in north-central France, namely Orléanais, Berry, and Touraine, and encompasses the departments of Cher, Eure-et-Loir, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loiret, and Loir-et-Cher. The region covers an area of 39,150 square kilometres. The largest city is Tours, but the administrative capital is Orléans.


The name is due to its location in north-central France, which was the central part of the original Langues d’oïl or French language area. It has received criticism due to the name ‘Centre’ being too general and uninspired, and because Centre is not located in the geographical centre of France itself. Other suggested names for the region include Val de Loire, after the Loire Valley, Cœur de Loire (Heart of Loir).


What to see & do

Loire Valley – Loire Valley is the main tourist destination of the Region of Centre. It spans over 280 kilometres of the middle stretch of the Loire River, and covers about 800 square kilometres. It is also called the Cradle of the French or the Garden of France owing to the abundance of vineyards, orchards, and fields that line the river banks. Included in its attractions is the great Loire Valley chateau Ainy-le-Vieil, located south of Bourges, which features a beautiful interior and magnificent themed gardens. There are also plenty of outdoor activities available such as bike tours, day hikes, long distance trails, hot-air balloon rides, golf, and boat trips. 


Maison de Jeanne d’Arc – Joan of Arc, often referred to as The Maiden of Orléans, is considered as a French heroine and a Romantic Catholic saint. The Maison de Jeanne d’Arc is the best place to learn more about her life story. It is situated in the reconstruction of the 15th-century house that served

as her residence between April and May 1429, and features an illustrated timeline and period map from her time, interactive terminals, and screens of a panoramic film on the Hundred Years War.


Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Orléans – The Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Orléans in Orléans is one of the country’s oldest provincial museums. It houses collections of European arts from the 15th to 20th century, including over 2,000 paintings, 700 sculptures, 10,000 drawings, 50,000 prints, and over 1,200 pieces of decorative arts. 


Chartres Cathedral – The Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Chartres in the city of Chartres is a medieval Catholic cathedral considered as one of the greatest representations of French Gothic architecture. The basilica is remarkably well-preserved, with majority of its original famous stained glass windows still intact, and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


How to get around within Centre

Tours is a common starting point for trips in the Centre region, especially to the Loire Valley. It is served by an extensive rail and autoroute links to most of France. It is also served by frequent bus service and a tram system, as is Orléans.


How to get there

Tours Val de Loire Airport is the primary airport serving the region. It is located in the department of Indre-et-Loire, 6 kilometres north-northeast of Tours. Ryanair operates flights to Tours Val de Loire Airport from London, Marrakesh, and Porto. It also offers seasonal flights from Dublin and Marseille in the summer.

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