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Bourges is a city on the Yèvre river in central France. This picturesque city easily charms with its lush gardens, canals, charming old houses, famous gothic-style cathedral, and luxurious palace. Bourges' historical and artistic pedigree can be seen throughout the city. Set in the Loire Valley, Bourges is also in the heart of an excellent wine region. Scenic strolls, small museums, and a big springtime music festival makes Bourges scenic landscape even more enjoyable. Couples both young and old will love taking advantage of the city's natural romantic setting. Meanwhile, wine lovers will enjoy diving into the local wine scene. Visit Venere to find out how lovely staying in Bourges really is. When searching for Bourges Hotels, Venere lets guests find the best-matched hotels through real guests' experiences and trusted search criteria.
What's Bourges Like?
Bourges hotels allow guests to enjoy a city that is perfect for slowing down in. The historic center is a great place to wander around on foot and take everything in. There are plenty examples here of wonderful architecture, greenery, and old houses made of stone or half-timber. The Cathedral of St. Etienne dates back to the early 1200s and is distinguished as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the Palais of Jacques Coeur, ostentatious splendor is on display in all its glory. Above the historic district is the marshland known as the Marais. One of the city's most beautiful features, it is made up of some 1,000 allotted gardens interlaced with canals. A boat ride through the canals is an ideal way to take in this area's natural charms. Additionally, Bourges has a university which brings in a lively student scene.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Bourges
Bourges' locals proudly enjoy the cultivated aspect of the city and many tend to their own allotted gardens in the Marais. Locals here speak a particular Berrichon French dialect and knowing enough French to get by in shops and restaurants is highly recommended. On Sundays, most places are closed and only the more touristy restaurants around Place Gordaine remain open. A traditional candy seen everywhere here is Forestine, an almond and hazelnut praline covered by a colorful crunchy shell. Also popular in the region is a pork and egg pie called Berrichon and green berry lentil dishes. Naturally, excellent Loire Valley red and white wines are also heartily enjoyed here. Find out more about a stay in Bourges hotels at Venere. We feature detailed searches and expert reviews from the best experts of all, real hotel guests.
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