Attractions in Pays de la Loire

The region of Pays de la Loire is bordered to the west by the Bay of Biscay on the Atlantic Ocean and to the north by the regions of Brittany and Normandy, to the east by the Centre-Val de Loire and the south by New Aquitaine. The main city, and the most populated city, of Pays de la Loire is Nantes. The region includes the departments of Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire, Mayenne, Sarthe and Vendée. The Vendée has over 100 miles of sandy beaches and a very mild climate, Vendée is a very popular tourist destination.

The region of Pays de la Loire takes its name from the Loire River which crosses two of the five departments that compose it before flowing into the Atlantic Ocean.

Part of the region is classified as World Heritage by UNESCO under the name Val de Loire. The region includes major Loire castles : the Château de Montsoreau, the castle of Montreuil-Bellay, the Saumur castle , the castle of Brissac , the Château Le Lude , the Castle of Baugé , the Serrant Chateau , the Chateau d’Angers and Château du Plessis-Bourré. The cities of Angers , Fontenay-le-Comte , Laval , Mans , Guérande , Nantes and Saumur are labeled cities of art and history. They benefit from an exceptional cultural heritage with numerous museums and art galleries.

The Loire Valley, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, allows the protection of natural areas along the Loire. The Loire-Anjou-Touraine regional natural park , located between the cities of Angers and Tours , is included in the Loire Valley classification.

See also: Cities in Pays de la Loire

The Château des ducs de Bretagne – Castle of the Dukes of Brittany. is a large fortified château located in the city of Nantes in the Loire – Atlantique département of France; it served as the centre of the historical province of Brittany until its separation in 1941.

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The Château d’Angers is a fortress style château located in the Loire Valley that is home of the Apocalypse Tapestry. Originally this château was built as a fortress one of the sites inhabited by the Romans because of its strategic defensive location.

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Fontevraud Abbey  – Abbaye de Fontevraud – is a religious building hosting a cultural centre since 1975, the Centre Culturel de l’Ouest, in the village of Fontevraud-l’Abbaye, near Chinon, in Anjou, France.

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Puy du Fou is a historical theme park in Les Epesses (between Cholet and La Roche-sur-Yon) in the heart of the Vendée region of Western France. The park brings in some 1.45 million visitors every year, making it the second most popular attraction in France after Disneyland Paris.

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Founded in 1961 and rebuilt in 1991, the former Museum of the Automobile Sarthe, yet attached to the 24 Hours circuit, did not rely enough on the original link closely links the city of Le Mans in the automotive world, to know the legendary race of Le Mans 24 Hours.

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In the heart of the Loire Valley, the Louis de Grenelle house develops fine sparkling wines : Crémant de Loire, Saumur Rosé and Saumur Brut. Created in 1859, it remains the last independent and family owned sparkling wine house.

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You take the funicular 126 m underground and then get in the small mining train which brings you in the gallery. Discover the work and the way of life of the pit workers with your guide.

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Since as far back as the 16th century, millers have draped sailcloth over their mills on the Mont des Alouettes. Join them on a visit to the last such mill of the seven that once existed still to be in operation.

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At the 300 year old “Petit Moulin de Châteauneuf” (Little Mill of Châteauneuf), the Vrignaud family have, through the generations, perfected their traditional methods of milling and flour production and passed them down from father to son.

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Built in 1003 on an island in the Golfe des Pictons (Gulf of Pictons), this Benedictine abbey played host to men of letters and artists, including François Rabelais and Agrippa d’Aubigné.

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This charming museum, housed in 19th century teachers’ lodgings in the heart of the village, is the first one of its kind in France devoted entirely to the development of kitchen utensils through the ages.

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The garden boasts a collection of over 1200 varieties of exotic and tropical plants, including pumpkins and other cucurbitaceae.

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Loire River

The river Loire, running east to west in the region, which lends its name to the region is one of Europe’s great rivers and is an excellent place for fishing and offers stunning views over a wide variety of landscapes. Other important waterways include the Vilane, Erdre, Maine, Mayenne, and Sarthe rivers.

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