Bourges, a town in the Cher region with a population of around 67,000, is the historic capital of Berry and is located almost in the geographical center of France. Built at the confluence of several rivers, the city has a rich historical heritage for you to look into! In order for you to be able to choose the best suited accommodation for your needs, we suggest that you quickly get in touch with the hosts on HomeCamper. If you want to spend your stay directly with the locals of the area who can share their knowledge of the region with you, don't hesitate to book your stay in advance!
Many sites are to be visited in Bourges: Saint-Etienne Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic art, with the 5 portals on its main façade and its dazzling stained glass windows, listed as a UNESCO heritage site; Jacques Cœur Palace, one of the most beautiful civil architecture buildings of the 15th century; the medieval city and its 430 half-timbered houses, particularly those on Bourbonnoux Street, Promenade des Remparts and Place Gordaine; Auron Street, Bourges' main shopping street, with Jacques Cœur's house and Saint Pierre's church, full of the rich resonances of the past; the marshes, cut into 1500 cultivated plots where a multitude of irrigation canals flow.
Several museums are also worth a visit, such as the Museum of Decorative Arts, housed in a 16th century mansion house, the Musée du Berry, the Musée Estève or the Musée de la résistance, which evokes the years of occupation lived on the boundary line that passed through Bourges. You can also admire contemporary works of art at the "Château d'eau, château d'art", or go to the Parvis des métiers, opposite the cathedral, to discover the know-how of regional craftsmen and artists. Finally, to satisfy those who need greenery, several gardens are available for your walks: the Bishopric's garden, near the cathedral, flowered and designed in the French style; the Prés-Fichaux garden, Art Deco style, created in 1920, with its amazing plant sculptures; the Conservatoire du Pélargonium and its 900 different species, without forgetting the circuit of remarkable trees, which sets up an itinerary of 1h30 (on foot) or 1h (by bike) allowing the exploration of these elements, white birch, giant redwood, Lebanese cedar, magnolia, and many others!
Bourges has a temperate climate, with a strong influence of oceanic and continental climate. The climate of Bourges is usually characterized by a strong thermal amplitude between cold winters and relatively warm summers, as well as by the marked presence of rainfall throughout the year. Its climactic conditions are identical to those of the city of Tours, located further west. In any case, the summer season is particularly favourable for outdoor activities and visits!
Whether you own a caravan, a motorhome, or a van, get ready for a roadtrip filled with unique camping and sightseeing experiences!