Located to the southwest of Paris, Chartres is a commune and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department. The town derives its name from the Carnutes who were a powerful Celtic people of independent Gaul. Dubbed as the city as lights and perfume, it is located on the crossroads between Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley. A road trip from Paris is ideal in a car for hire in Chartres as the road signage is perfect. Come explore this town full of small treasures, which will make your stay memorable.
The Chartres cathedral is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in France and attracts millions of tourists per year. The picturesque cathedral dominates the landscape miles around Chartres. It took 66 years to build this towering cathedral, from 1194-1260. The facades have different architectural designs, with each having an architectural and biblical meaning. The interior is adorned with large stained glass windows and other breathtaking architectural highlights. The cathedral is in the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites and is listed as a French National Monument.
Hire a car in Chartres and spend the night away from Chartres in the Ibis Chartres Ouest in Luce. The hotel operates 24 hours a day with a manned reception and so you can stop over any time. The staffs are very friendly and efficient. The hotel and rooms are very clean and functional. The hotel is located in a nice quiet location away from the centre of town but near basic facilities. The food is quality and has a bar where you can unwind. This is a great hotel for a night stopover.
You can visit the largest agricultural museum in France using a car rental in Chartres. The Mainvilliers Museum has a large collection of agricultural tools and machines. The presentations are very interactive and you can understand how food, farming and environment interact. The Loire Valley is the food granary for France, and this museum will help you understand how this agriculture rich region operates.
Chartres is a great place and has a lot of attractions you and your family can enjoy. Come see the amazing architecture dating many centuries back. Take a tour through the chateaus and various religious sites in and around the town. Wine and dine in the many restaurants in the region and enjoy fresh vegetables and fruits from the Loire Valley.
Explore the neighbouring towns for an extensive visit of the region. But book both accommodation and a car from any good car rental company well in advance.
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