Chartres, the capital of the Eure-et-Loir département in northern France, is located on the left bank of the Eure River, 97 km (60 miles) southwest of Paris. The spires of the Cathedral of Chartres are a landmark in the area. Chartres welcomes those who wish to see the beautiful countryside and French life outside of Paris.
- Chateau de Maintenon
- Musée des Beaux-Arts de Chartres
- Maison du Saumon
- See the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Enjoy the interactive exhibits at Le Compa (Conservatoir de l'Agriculture), a unique collection of agricultural tools and machines
- Visit La Maison Picassiette, famous for its colourful designs created from broken crockery
The average summer temperature is 24°C (75°F); the average winter temperature is 9°C (48°F). Rainfall is fairly even, but there is more precipitation during the winter. Summer also sees more sunshine than the other seasons, making it the perfect time to visit and wander the streets of this historic town.
Getting There & Around
Flights land at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. Visitors then take the Air France bus to Montparnasse, followed by the train to Chartres. Visitors in larger groups can arrange a shuttle pickup. If driving, take the A10 and A11.
In town, go to the visitor information center located near the cathedral to get maps and information. Visitors can walk virtually anywhere. Taxis are also available for those who choose to ride.
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