Let There Be Light
Every year from April to October, Chartres en Lumières returns to transform the city into a nocturnal wonderland. When night falls, follow the spectacular light trail to discover a magical world of illuminations and marvel at historic buildings bathed in light and colours. This twinkly light walk is sure to make any viewer's jaw drop!
A perfect date night
Ramp up the romance by treating your loved one to a special meal in one of Chartres’ most romantic restaurants! We’re talking beautiful setting, fantastic food & wine and a subtle but intimate atmosphere. For a full-on exquisite luxury dining experience, Michelin-starred restaurant Le Georges du Grand Monarque is a must. For a chic gourmet evening guaranteed to bring out your inner romantic, try the Moulin de Ponceau, a hidden gem overlooking the river in the lower part of town. The Café Bleu combines freshly made hearty food with a sparkling view of the city’s illuminated cathedral during Chartres en Lumières.
Chartres en Lumières
Chartres is an inspiring city to visit at any time of year, but summer is just that little bit more special. When the night falls, the facades of heritage buildings provide a spectacular backdrop for the immersive light experience “Chartres en Lumières”. Flamboyant light displays showcase the aesthetic features of the bridges and wash houses, the magnificent media library, the theatre, the church Saint-Pierre and the collegiate church Saint-André. Wandering hand in hand through the illuminated trail of historical landmarks couldn’t be more romantic!
Explore the crypt by candlelight
Notre-Dame de Chartres Cathedral is one of the most authentic and remarkable religious work of art of Middle Age christianity. This magnificent building takes on a different guise after dark on a special candlelit tour of the crypt, allowing visitors to explore the underground of the cathedral. Delve into the spooky world of this ancient crypt on an enigmatic visit with atmospheric Gregorian chants and sacred polyphonic music resonating in the background (goosebumps!). A special experience of its holiness you don’t want to miss! (Tours in French only)
Explore Chartres differently
Le Café BleuCHARTRES
Opposite the cathedral, the typical facade of a Bistro hides an elegant dining room, decorated in contemporary fashion with light woods. You will appreciate the typical french cuisine with local products: one of the most famous place in Chartres.Read more
The Moulin de PonceauCHARTRES
Rediscover the subtlety and elegance of fine cuisine in these enchanting surroundings. A gastronomic restaurant with 3 reception rooms available for business meetings, seminars, family events or themed evenings (Jazz, New Year's Eve, Art shows etc.)Read more
A beautiful, fully-renovated property in the centre of Chartres, close to the cathedral. A terrace with garden furniture to make the most of this pleasantly laid-out outdoor space.Read more
Maison ailleurs “Le Jardin”CHARTRES
This magnificent town house of character and charm conceals a hidden treasure - a most remarkable garden! It is with great taste and talent that this house has been magnificently converted into an ideal place to stay for those in search of old ...Read more
Le Georges – Grand MonarqueCHARTRES
The Grand Monarque is a former post office now renovated, and an excellent place to stop off for comfort and good food.Read more
Crypte de la CathédraleCHARTRES
Recognised as a listed monument in 1979, Chartres cathedral boasts an exceptional collection of 12-13th-century windows and sculptures. The Romanesque crypt is one of the longest in Europe, and houses some original frescoes alongside some ...Read more