apital of the Gaelic tribe the " Durocasses ", Dreux was, during the Gallo-Roman period, a busy cross-roads. In the middle ages it's castle, one of the most powerful of the whole Ile de France region, stood guarding the Capetian domain against the powerful rivals of the ducs of Normandy. Even if the town suffered over the centuries several sieges, including that Henry IV it was always able to pick itself up from the ruins and start anew, thanks to the creativeness and commercial awareness of ots inhabitants. Dreux's past has left it with several remarkable monuments such as the Chapelle Royale S-Louis (the royal chapel), the Belfry and the St-Pierre church. There is also lots to see and do in the surrounding countryside. Trekking, fishing, sailing.