Bienvenue à Tours, la capitale des châteaux de la Loire! Tours (with a silent ‘s’), is on many people’s bucket list. Situated in the heart of the famous Loire Valley, the local wines are second to none, and the scenery is quite simply breathtaking. The Cathédrale St. Gatien is something to behold, while the countryside surrounding the city is dotted with ancient castles (chateaux); most of which have their own vineyards. Expats living in Tours should make the most of the city’s culture by paying regular visits to the Musée des Beaux-Arts during the cooler months, and lounging by the banks of the Loire with a cool glass of Sancerre during summer. For any expatriate in Tours with children, the city has some excellent schools and the Francois Rabelais University is famous for its choral singing competitions (Florilege Vocal de Tours) – so join the locals to support the local choirs during competition season!
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Tours is located in the north east of France, in the ‘Centre’ region. The nearby Tours Val de Loire Airport serves a number of European cities, but the closest International airport is Charles de Gaulle in Paris, which is around 180 miles away. The locals are renowned for their excellent French pronunciation, so make sure you have a high standard of French before moving to Tours. Although there are a lot of English-speaking expatriates living in the Loire area, you will be expected to speak French as much as possible. For tips on picking up a new language or improving existing language skills, as well as opportunities for finding a native speaker with whom you can practice with, speak to other expats on the InterNations platform.
France is a member state of the European Union, so any EU citizens have the automatic right to work in Tours, or anywhere else in France. However, it is worth checking that there are no restrictions on your right to work in Tours before you leave. Keep an eye on EU employment law, and make sure your visas and work permits are kept up to date. Expats working in Tours will be attracted to the warm climate, beautiful scenery and rich culture of the city. Make the most of expat life in the area by working hard and relaxing as much as possible in your free time. For tips on getting used to the French lifestyle, sign up on InterNations and start socializing as well as networking with fellow expats living in Tours, France, or across the world.