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: Attractions in Pays de la Loire
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