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A brooding, gothic cathedral imposes itself on the city’s skyline and small, timber-framed buildings creak with age. Orleans is fiercely proud of its history, which blurs with the present, particularly in May, when the city’s savior, Joan of Arc, is celebrated in a week-long medieval festival of colorful robes, lute-players, and wandering minstrels. It is situated within the beautiful Loire Valley, where chateaux dominate forested hillsides, and benefits from the fine food and wine produced in this ‘Garden of France’.

Things to see

The city center is laden with architectural treasures, as well as plenty of sunny squares with cafés where you can pause to people-watch and soak up the historical atmosphere. The centerpiece is the Sainte-Croix Cathedral, a gothic marvel with intricate, lattice-like stonework, twin bell-towers, and a spire reaching toward the heavens. Inside, the stained-glass windows flood the chequered floor with kaleidoscopic light. Another building of local pride is the House of Joan of Arc, a carefully-restored timber house which today contains a museum telling the story of the extraordinary teenager who liberated Orleans from the English before being burnt at the stake. Art lovers, meanwhile, have a treat in store at the Museum of Fine Arts, which contains thousands of artworks from the Renaissance and Enlightenment eras. Further along the river, in the quiet villages of Beaugency and Chaigny, lie 2 spectacular castles – together, they make an ideal day trip.

Hotels in Orleans

Orleans hotels boast many fine chateaux and townhouses complete with period features, including the characteristic grey stone and slate roofs. The luxury hotels come with full spas, fitness centers, and gourmet restaurants serving up the best of the local produce. Here, rooms with traditional elegance also have modern fittings, including flat-screen TVs. Some have rooftop terraces where you can enjoy the city views with a glass of wine. Discount hotels with more modern styles are also widely available. Some of the hotels have seasonal outdoor pools and restaurants, while the budget options offer a continental breakfast and WiFi access.

Where to stay

The area around the Quai du Chatelet is one of the most scenic and convenient areas of the city in which to stay. You’ll find luxury and mid-range hotels here, where you can stay in comfort just a short walk from the main attractions, including the House of Jean of Arc and the Sainte-Croix Cathedral. The northern section of the city center has a greater number of places to stay, with mostly mid-range hotels available. For cheap hotels in Orleans, look east and west of the center, where you’ll find a bargain which is still within easy reach of everything.

How to get to Orleans

Orleans is located just over an hour south of Paris, which is the best city to fly into in order to reach Orleans. Most international visitors are likely to arrive into Charles De Gaulle airport, but you can also arrive into Orly Airport. If you are planning to hire a car, Orly is perhaps the better choice, as it is closer to Orleans and there is a direct road to Orleans. If you are planning to come by public transport, you will need to transfer to the Austerlitz train station. TGV trains to central Orleans take less than an hour.

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