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December 29, 2022

With its picturesque neighborhoods located on the banks of the Eure River on the Beauce plain, Chartres provides a vital route connecting Paris to Loire Valley and Brittany. The town offers a buzz of activities that can keep you entertained and amazed.

City Facts: 

  • Chartres is famous for its Notre Dame Cathedral, built in the 13 century. The cathedral is one of the town’s famous tourist attractions.
  • The town covers an area of 6.51 square miles and has a population of approximately 170, 763 people.
  • The town is a perfume capital, and it’s well known for producing popular fragrances, including Paco Rabbane, Nina Ricci, and Guerlain.
  • The history of Chartres town is linked to various famous personalities, including King Henry IV, England Prime Minister John Major, Laurent Cassegrain, Catherine Maunoury, Pierre-Jules Hetzel, Arlette Chabot, Cécile Marie Anne Moharic, Julien Escudé, Nicolas Escudé, Loic Duval, Allison Pineau, and Bruno Bianchi.


Chartres might be a small and quiet city, but it always has enjoyable, fun activities that can keep you busy and entertained. Here are the major attractions and activities;

  • Visits to the Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Sightseeing of the old city
  • Cruising down the Eure River on a kayak, canoe, or boat in summer or spring
  • Biking tours around Chartres
  • Engaging in L’Odyssée’s indoor aquatic and ice activities

With its rich history, Gothic architecture, and picturesque plain with the meandering Eure River, Chartres is a great tourist attraction for any visitor seeking a weekend break away from busy Paris.


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