Ask for the guide: what to do in Orléans this summer?

Ask for the guide: what to do in Orléans this summer?
Ask for the guide: what to do in Orléans this summer?

To prepare for summer, the City of Orléans and Orléans-Val de Loire tourism are publishing two guides to encourage tourists to go out to the city and the metropolitan area, and to support the local tourism sector, which is constantly growing.

On the abandoned beach, shellfish and crustaceans… It is almost in this atmosphere that Marie-Philippe Lubet, the president of Orléans-Val de Loire tourism, and William Chancerelle, deputy mayor of Orléans in charge of culture, tourist activities, twinning and events, presented the tourist program for the year 2024, Tuesday June 25. The Loire replacing the beach, the drinks at the Ponton tavern replacing shellfish.

An increase in attendance in the first half

It is not without pride that Marie-Philippe Lubet announces a promising start to the year: “Since the start of the year, we have recorded an increase in visits to the tourist office of 5%, with a month of January at +11% and a month of March at +35%. If in 2022, the tourism sector was dominated by French people living an hour’s drive from Orléans, since 2023, foreign tourists have started to move again.” Between 2019 and 2023, the number of foreign tourists increased by 72%.

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“Orléans is a destination that lives all year round. But it is difficult to predict whether attendance at the start of the year is due to a delay in holidays, or whether tourists will return in numbers this summer.”

Marie-Philippe Lubet (President of Orléans-Val de Loire tourism)

Ask for programs

In order to boost the attractiveness of Orléans, located one hour from Paris, the City of Orléans and Destination Orléans-Val de Loire have published two guides: one for cultural outings and events from June to September, the Another list of sixteen taverns in the Agglo and the points of interest around them.

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William Chancerelle indicates: “You can first discover the city center by strolling between the statues in the exhibition Playing with Fire, by Johan Creten, then gain some height by visiting the cathedral, or conversely go down into the catacombs.”

The statues of Johan Creten are present in front of the cathedral, in Pasteur Park, in front of the Groslot hotel… And in the Museum of Fine Arts. Photo Katia Beaupetit.

To promote access to the city’s cultural and must-see places, the City Pass has been “reviewed and corrected”. For a duration of 24, 48 or 72 hours (24, 39, 49 euros), access to TAO transport is unlimited, as are boat trips, access to the city’s six museums (including the Museum of fine arts, the Jeanne-d’Arc house, the Orléans museum for biodiversity and the environment…), access to the floral park…

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A non-exhaustive selection

William Chancerelle explains: “We have built a coherent policy of attractiveness. Tourism, culture, sport and events.” It is therefore quite natural that the summer program is colored by all these areas.

Here are some dates to remember to have a great summer in Orléans:

  • Grand piano festival – From Wednesday June 26 to Sunday June 30. The new phenomenon of French song, Zaho de Sagazan will give a concert at Campo Santo on June 28, at 10:15 p.m. (full) while for five days, the cultural places of the city, but also its streets, will resonate with the notes of the impressive stringed instrument.
  • Tour de France – Monday July 8, activities will take place throughout the city, while the tenth stage will start from the Johannine city on Tuesday July 9.
  • Olympic Torch Relay – Wednesday July 10, the flame will pass through seven municipalities in Loiret, including Orléans, its terminus. A “champions’ course” will be hosted by the Ministry of the Armed Forces at Campo Santo, a breakdance show from the National Choreographic Center of Orléans will take place in the Alexandre-Martin car park, and a whole host of activities will punctuate the day…
  • Crossing Orléans – Sunday July 21. Nearly 300 vintage vehicles will circulate on the Quai de Loire for the twelfth edition of the event. Or how to travel in time.
  • The duits festival – From August 14 to 18, contemporary art comes to the middle of the Loire.

During the duits festival, theatrical, musical performances and other structures that stir the imagination come together on an island in the middle of the Loire. Photo Christelle Gaujard.

  • Celebrations of the 80th anniversary of the liberation of Orléans – Friday August 16, military parades will take place in the city center during the afternoon. Then, at 8 p.m. in the Eiffel Hall, the Liberation Ball will have you dancing to post-war music.

And the “surprise” for the Tour de France passing through Orléans is…

Jeffrey Charpentier

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