Pays de la Loire places to visit and attractions


photo of Angers

Most famous for its castle, Angers also has a cathedral and many other interesting historical monuments, numerous parks and gardens...

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Angers Cathedral

photo of Angers Cathedral

The cathedral in Angers is the earliest example of Angevin gothic architecture in France

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Apocalypse Tapestry

photo of Apocalypse Tapestry

The Apocalypse Tapestry is a remarkable 14th century tapestry, 100 metres long, telling the biblical story of the apocalypse

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photo of Asnieres-sur-Vegre

The small town of Asnières-sur-Vègre is especially picturesque in the area around the bridge and river

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photo of Aubigne-sur-Layon

The small village of Aubigne-sur-Layon is very pretty, especially in late spring and summer when the many flowers in the town are in bloom

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photo of Batz-sur-Mer

The resort at Batz-sur-Mer is much quiter and smaller than many nearby, ideal if you prefer to avoid excessive crowds!

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photo of Bauge

Bauge is a small traditional town with a small castle - and a very interesting apothecary!

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photo of Beaumont-sur-Sarthe

It is the countryside around Beaumont-sur-Sarthe that is the main attraction, but the town itself has several places of interest

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photo of Bretignolles-sur-Mer

Bretignolles-sur-Mer is one of the smallest Vendee resorts - still has a big beach though!

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Briere Regional Natural Parc

photo of Briere Regional Natural Parc

Away from the beaches, Briere Regional Natural Parc is the second largest marsh area in France. Start exploring at Kerhinet.

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Chateau d'Angers

photo of Chateau d'Angers

The mighty fortified walls of Chateau d'Angers form an interesting contrast with the more 'beautiful' castles of the Loire region.

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Chateau d'Olonne

photo of Chateau d'Olonne

Chateau d'Olonne is a very small resort, well placed for exploring the coast and visiting Sables d'Olonne

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Chateau de Brissac

photo of Chateau de Brissac

The Chateau de Brissac is the tallest castle in France, has more than 200 rooms and extensive parkland to explore!

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Chateau de Saumur

photo of Chateau de Saumur

The Chateau de Saumur stands in an impressive location with views across the Loire river

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Chateau du Lude

photo of Chateau du Lude

The Chateau de Lude and its lovely gardens are the closest of the Loire Chateaux to Paris

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Chateau Plessis-Bourre

photo of Chateau Plessis-Bourre

The most unusual feature of Chateau Plessis-Bourre is the way it combines medieval and renaissance architecture, and has been unchanged for hundreds of years

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photo of Clisson

Clisson has a medieval castle, and an interesting architectural style having ben largely re-built in Italian style about 250 years ago

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Collegiate Church of Saint-Martin

photo of Collegiate Church of Saint-Martin

The Collegiale Church of Saint-Martin in Angers combines 1500 years of religious architecture with an impressive display of religious artwork

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photo of Evron

The highlight here at Evron is the Abbey of Notre Dame, in particular the very ancient abbey church

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photo of Fontenay-le-Comte

With some interesting 18th century townhouses to see, Fontenay-le-Comte is also home to the Chateau de Terre-Neuve

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Fontevraud Abbey

photo of Fontevraud Abbey

The Fontevraud Abbey has a great deal to see: it is one of the largest abbey complexes in France and most visited abbeys in France

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photo of Fresnay-sur-Sarthe

The traditional market hall and remains of a medieval castle, and the river and bridge, are among the sights to enjoy here at Fresnay-sur-Sarthe

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photo of Guerande

Guerande is one of the most interesting towns in Pays-de-la-Loire, with its medieval fortifications intact and an attractive historic centre

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Ile d'Yeu

photo of Ile d'Yeu

Explore the Ile d'Yeu on foot or by bike to see scenic coastline, beaches and a medieval castle

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Jade Coast

photo of Jade Coast

Pornic, a traditional port town with an attrcative harbour, is well placed to explore the Jade Coast

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photo of Jard-sur-Mer

Jard-sur-Mer is a very pleasant, if quite small, Vendee resort with a harbour and a beach

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photo of Jublains

Here in Jublains you can visit the roman ruins of the ancient city that once stood here

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La Baule

photo of La Baule

La Baule-Escoblac is a very pleasant and popular resort with a long sandy beach - a toch of the French riviera in the north-west!

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La Faute-sur-Mer

photo of La Faute-sur-Mer

Here at La Faute-sur-Mer you can explore the nature reserve and peninsula - or relax on the long beach!

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La Ferte-Bernard

photo of La Ferte-Bernard

The medieval character and picturesque setting make La Ferté-Bernard one of our favourite towns in this region

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La Tranche-sur-Mer

photo of La Tranche-sur-Mer

La Tranche-sur-Mer is a small resort, but very pleasant and with an enjoyable promenade behind the beach

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La Turballe

photo of La Turballe

Less developed than some resorts here, the centre of activity in La Turballe is the long sandy beach

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photo of Lassay-les-Chateaux

Small town with two 15th century castles and a popular public garden

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photo of Laval

The castle, the river and the historic centre make the substantial town of Laval very interesting to visit

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Le Croisic

photo of Le Croisic

One of the nicest fishing harbour towns in the region, Le Croisic is a lovely place to stroll around

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Le Mans

photo of Le Mans

Le Mans is best known for its famous car race, but also has a very lovely medieval centre to explore

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Le Pouliguen

photo of Le Pouliguen

If you visit the beach resort of Le Pouligueun be sure to follow the path that leads to the coastal caves

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Les Moutiers-en-Retz

photo of Les Moutiers-en-Retz

The small town of Les Moutiers-en-Retz is best known for the nearby beach which attracts many summertime campers

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photo of Longeville-sur-Mer

At Longeville-sur-Mer you will enjoy the lively market in the town as well as the sandy beach

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photo of Lucon

Lucon is a quiet Vendee town, usually visited for its imposing cathedral and public gardens

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Maillezais abbey

photo of Maillezais abbey

The ruins of the Maillezais abbey are on the edge of the marshes of the Marais Poitevin

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Mayenne (town)

photo of Mayenne (town)

Quite a small town, the highlight of a visit to Mayenne is the nearby walk along the banks of the river

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photo of Montsoreau

Montsoreau, listed as a 'most beautiful villages in France', also has an interesting troglodyte vilage to explore

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photo of Nantes

One of the largest towns in France, Nantes has many monuments, museums and places of interest to discover including the famous 'elephant' on the island.

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photo of Nieul-sur-l'Autise

Highlights in Nieul-sur-l'Autise include the Abbey of Saint-Vincent and a traditional watermill

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photo of Noirmoutier

On Noirmoutier island you can find lots of sandy beaches and a traditional port town

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photo of Notre-Dame-de-Monts

The resort of Notre-Dame-de-Monts is one of the quiter resorts of the Vendee coast

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photo of Piriac-sur-Mer

The fishing harbour and traditional granite houses in Piriac-sur-Mer create an interesting diversion from the long sndy beaches nearby

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photo of Pornic

Pornic is one of the liveliest and most vibrant harbour towns along the Jade Coast

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photo of Pornichet

The emphasis in Pornichet, immediately south of La Baule, is most certainly based around the long and sandy beach

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Port Bourgenay

photo of Port Bourgenay

The small town of Talmont-Saint-Hilaire is best known for the Chateau de Talmont, where various events are held during the summer

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Sables d'Olonne

photo of Sables d'Olonne

The lively town of Sables-d'Olonne is our favourite resort on the Vendee coast

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photo of Saint-Brevin-les-Pins

The beach at Saint-Brevin-les-Pins is the main attraction and we also enjoyed exploring the dunes and forest

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photo of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie

The port town of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is an attractive and traditional town, very lively in summer

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photo of Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez

Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez is the beach resort next to Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie

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photo of Saint-Jean-de-Monts

At Saint-Jean-de-Monts you will enjoy the extensive sandy beaches and one of the livelier resorts on the Vendee coast

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photo of Sainte-Suzanne

The medieval village and the castle in the pretty village of Sainte-Suzanne still retain much of the original town fortified walls

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photo of Saulges

The principal attraction in Saulges is the caves, occupied in prehistoric times

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photo of Saumur

The town of Saumur, in the shadow of the famous castle, is a lovely historic town along the banks of the Loire River

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photo of Solesmes

Solesmes is known for its Abbey Saint-Pierre, an important benedictine abbey that has helped introduce gregorian chant to the world

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photo of Vouvant

The pleasant village of Vouvant still retains part of a medieval castle and an ancient stone bridge

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