WHAT ARE THE BEST THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN ORLEANS?
Here is the top 10 things to do and see in Orléans, France. The city is very small and can be visited quickly in one afternoon. Certainly, it is not one of the most touristic cities in France, but if you miss it during a road trip in France, why not stop there? As in most French cities, there is a cathedral, a museum of fine arts and pretty public squares. It is also a city that will interest history lovers, and more particularly those interested in Joan of Arc, who played a decisive role in the liberation of the city occupied by the English.
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1 – The Cathedral of the Holy Cross
It is 114 meters high. If like me you want to take a quick look around Orléans, there is a parking lot just at the foot of the cathedral. The tourist office is not far away and you can get a free map of the city.
2 – The Bishopric garden
Located just behind the cathedral.
3 – The Groslot Hotel
A historical monument located next to the cathedral.
4 – The Martroi Square
There is a statue of Joan of Arc.
5 – Joan of Arc’s house
It can’t be visited! You can only see a multimedia film. Admission costs 4 euros and also gives access to the historical and archaeological museum.
6 – The Charles Péguy Centre
Admission is free. It is dedicated to the writer Charles Péguy, born in Orléans.
7 – The Georges V Bridge
A pretty bridge to see while taking a walk along the Loire. It is 325 metres long and was built from 1751 to 1763.
8 – The rue de Bourgogne
A shopping street that crosses the old centre of Orléans.
9 – The Parc floral de la Source
A beautiful 35 hectare park, well maintained and well landscaped, where you can see animals and a butterfly greenhouse. Nice to visit if the weather is fine.
10 – Take a bike trip along the Loire river
A pleasant bike ride along the Loire thanks to specially designed paths, to enjoy the beautiful landscapes.