Blois is a small city in the heart of the Loire valley. It can be a great central point to explore the famous UNESCO world heritage local castles.
Some of Blois' castles, such as the famous Chambord, can be reached by train or bike. For others you will need a car to get to them. Bike trips can be done along the scenic Loire River, either from your Blois hostel itself or from any of the villages where the train stops along the water.
Wine tasting is also a popular diversion in the region. Wine styles vary from village to village ranging from sweet sparkling whites to strong reds. If you get the chance, don’t hesitate to visit one of the wineries, some of them are built in chalk caves in the cliffs along the river. Don’t hesitate to ask your hostel in Blois for exact details and recommendations based on your interest and tastes.
One can also easily spend a few days staying in a Blois hostel. The Blois castle, in the centre of the city is massive and has a lot of history and coups associated with it. A more recent local museum dedicated to the circus arts has also gained a lot of fame across France. Like many other places in France, the number of hostels in Blois is very limited, so during the summer months it might be hard to get a bed if you have not made a booking in advance. Back up plans are not easy if there's no room in the Blois hostel nearest you because of the remoteness of the Blois hostels from eachother.