This ancient monastic city adjacent to Loches grew up around the Abbey, which was built in 1007 by Fulk Nerra in atonement for his sins.
The Indre River separates Beaulieu-lès-Loches from neighboring Loches, though the two towns are connected by the Prairies du Roy, an Ecologically Sensitive Nature Preserve, and its walking paths. Beaulieu is an ancient monastic city that developed around its Abbey. Built in 1007, it was one of many erected by the belligerent Fulk Nerra, who believed that abbey-building would help wash away his sins.
Beaulieu-lès-Loches’ architectural heritage is a reflection of the town’s past prosperity. Roam its streets of white stone where, here and there, you’ll come across some fascinating architectural or historical treasures. Or amble down the banks of the canal and up small lanes as you follow the "Chemins du Faucon Noir”, or “Trails of the Black Falcon" — another name for the war-mongering Fulk Nerra!
The Prairies du Roy is an Ecologically Sensitive Nature Preserve located at the heart of the Indre River Valley. It is also a wonderful place to ramble, with paths leading to breathtaking views of both the royal city of Loches and the monastic city of Beaulieu-les-Loches. The interpretive walking trail describes the preserve’s rich ecology.
The iStory Guide is an audio-guide device available for touring itineraries in: Loches —Montrésor— Beaulieu-lès-Loches —the Prairies du Roy, between Loches and Beaulieu-lès-Loches — Cormery.
‘Indre à Vélo’ is a series of cycling itineraries that will take you from Azay-le-Rideau to Chenonceaux, via the royal city of Loches. Indre à Vélo extends over 100 km along the Indre River valley along peaceful country roads that have been marked and secured. You’ll pedal through the bucolic countryside, passing through little villages typical of the region on your way to remarkable tourism sites such as Azay-le-Rideau chateau; Montbazon’s keep, Loches’ “Royal City”… The itinerary proposes several loops that you can do one-by-one, day-by-day, or that you can connect together for more thorough, several-day exploration of the Touraine. Indre-à-Vélo also connects to ‘Loire à Vélo’ at either end, making it possible to put together an exciting itinerary of nearly 200 km.