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Located less than 100 kilometers southwest of Paris, Chartres is part of the commune of Eure-et-Loir. Its most striking feature, Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, draws visitors from all over. This scenic small city has just the right amount of sites to take in while strolling around yet still offers the rustic charm of the French countryside. Chartres hotels cater to the many tourists who come to visit the cathedral as well as couples, groups and families who want to go beyond Paris and enjoy a quiet French getaway. Chartres has a large creative scene as well that includes several museums, locally-made perfumes and excellent examples of stained-glass artistry. Venere lets guests discover what a stay in Chartres will really be like. We rely on real-guest feedback and well-researched details in order to offer guests the most accurate, trustworthy information about the city and its hotels.
What's Chartres Like?
Chartres' renowned Notre-Dame cathedral has the distinction of being on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. The older part of the city is well kept up and a great place from which to take in the city. Chartres is also the prime market town of the region and Saturdays bring plenty of action with a market that includes a wide range of local specialties. Two popular attractions for visitors are the Festival of Light in April and a boat ride along the Eure River through the lush scenic landscape. Full of unique charm, La Maison Picassiette is an unconventional house garnished entirely of broken pieces of crockery and ceramics. Wandering along the river's edge, one can find several parks and picturesque buildings bordering the water. Chartres hotels offer the full advantages of the tourist side while allowing guests to also take in the local delights of this sleepy city.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Chartres
Despite the large tourist scene, Chartres' local scene is quiet and mostly home after 8 in the evening. Getting around everywhere is easy to do on foot. However, some essential French is recommended once one ventures away from the tourist spots. Around Hotel de Ville, there are some great brasseries to sample traditional cuisine. However, the best places to find local specialties is in the pastry shops and boulangeries. The traditional baguette, rétrodor, is revered for its light fluffy texture. Mentchikoffs is a local treat made of praline chocolates covered in Swiss meringue. Game pies are also a popular item that can be found at the local market. Eurelienne is a beer brewed nearby but it can be difficult to track down. And with Venere, Chartres hotels are not only location and price specific, but also specialized to guests' needs with timely reviews from real guests.
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