If you feel like a breath of country air in the heart of the town, head for the ‘Marais’, 135 hectares of greenery just a few minutes’ walk from the cathedral where you can wander around, relax and admire vegetable gardens, flowers and the countryside in general. You can also go to the beach and do water sports, go horse riding and hot-air ballooning at Val d’Auron (lake), which is also the start and finish of a walk or bike ride called ""la Trouée Verte (the green gap) "". Don’t forget to visit some of the many museums like the Musée Estève devoted to the very colourful universe of this 20th century artist, the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle (Natural History Museum), which specialises in bats, and some of the many art galleries. During one week every spring Bourges is in festive mode for the Printemps de Bourges, when musical concerts take place in halls, bars and restaurants throughout the town.
There are plenty of emblematic attractions to see outside the town : take a bike ride along part of the Canal de Berry, a path which runs for 196km through magical scenery of the Cher department. Stop off at Plaimpied-Givaudins, well-known for its Romanesque Abbey with an impressive crypt. Tickle your taste buds and sample AOC Menetou-Salon wine. Explore the village of La Borne, internationally-renowned for its resident potters and Centre de Céramique Contemporaine. Visit the Jardin de Marie, 2 hectares of gardens featuring more than 500 varieties of plants and beautiful views over the hills of Sancerre, and also the Jardins du Duc Jean de Berry at Mehun-sur-Yèvre, famous for its castle of Charles VII, and its porcelain factories.
"What I love doing in Bourges, is wandering through the narrow, winding cobbled streets of the old town and admiring the half-timbered houses, looking at the cathedral from the Jardin de l’Archevêché, strolling around the Marais, the leafy heart of the town, then having a drink at a pavement café or in a wine cellar before ending up at one of the many fine restaurants then going back to my Gîtes de France® City Break accommodation".
Via A71, Bourges is 1 hour from Orléans, 2½ hours from Paris and 4 hours from Lyon. It is also 1½ hours from Tours via A85 at Vierzon."