2:30 hours from Paris, at the gates of Sologne, the capital of Berry reveals its many facets.
Classified City of Art and History, Bourges is certainly rich in its history and its heritage but it is also very contemporary and dynamic ... Cultural, festive and gourmet.
There are many witnesses to its past greatness and artistic wealth ...
Among them, its majestic Cathedral, of course, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992; its Jacques Coeur Palace, in homage to the great financier of King Charles VII born in Bourges, a formidable Palace considered by many to be one of the most beautiful civil Gothic works in France; its museums and galleries (the Natural History Museum or the Lallemant Hotel, the Estève Museum or the gallery of the Water Tower) which can be discovered along picturesque cobbled streets sheltering pretty half-timbered houses and elegant mansions.
Bourges’s medieval past extends to its surroundings. The Abbey Saint-Martin stands in its Romanesque style in Plaimpied-Givaudins. The remains of the castle of Duke Jean de Berry complete this heritage in Mehun-sur-Yèvre. Another side of regional art is to be discovered in La Borne, a renowned pottery village with its Center for Contemporary Ceramics.
Gourmet, the city of Bourges also offers great taste adventures to discover in its many restaurants or specialty shops ... Among local specialties: Monin syrups, sweets from Maison des Forestines, apples from Saint-Martin d'Auxigny or the AOC vineyard of Menetou-Salon, Reuilly, Quincy, etc., there is something for everyone.
Between parks, green spaces and marshes, ancient swamps that have become delightful secret gardens maintained by the Berruyers, nature holds a preponderant place in the city that amateurs will know how to appreciate. The Berry Canal also offers great prospects for nature outings, on foot as well as by bike, for enthusiasts serving many kilometers and towns / villages. Just like the Loire by bike, of course.
The famous Printemps de Bourges since 1977 reveals another facet of the city, festive and dynamic becoming each year, the time of this festival, the capital of song and modern music. The Palais d'Auron, Le Hublot and Le Nadir program concerts and shows throughout the year. Events punctually enhance the city’s heritage such as Les Nuits Lumière, the Fête des Marais or even the Medieval Festival (1st weekend in June) which immerse the spectator in the heart of the Middle Ages with period outfits.
Just a stone's throw from Bourges, the Center-Loire Wine Route reveals, among other things, the town of Sancerre and its famous vineyard (30 minutes by car), one of the jewels of the Loire Valley.
Nature lovers or history lovers, you will find in Bourges and in its close environment an authentic terroir and a generous nature that our team will be happy to present to you. Do not hesitate to ask them, Anne-Olivia and Aurélien will be able to advise you ...
You will see, there is no shortage of activities and sites to discover.