Pays de la Loire places to visit and attractions

Angers

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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

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

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Apocalypse Tapestry

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

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Asnieres-sur-Vegre

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

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Aubigne-sur-Layon

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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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Batz-sur-Mer

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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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Bauge

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

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Beaumont-sur-Sarthe

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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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Bretignolles-sur-Mer

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

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Briere Regional Natural Parc

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Chateau du Lude

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

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Chateau Plessis-Bourre

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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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Clisson

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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

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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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Evron

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

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Fontenay-le-Comte

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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

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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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Fresnay-sur-Sarthe

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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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Guerande

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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

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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

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

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Jard-sur-Mer

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

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Jublains

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

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La Baule

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Lassay-les-Chateaux

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

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Laval

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

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Le Croisic

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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

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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

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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

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

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Longeville-sur-Mer

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

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Lucon

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

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Maillezais abbey

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

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Mayenne (town)

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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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Montsoreau

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

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Nantes

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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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Nieul-sur-l'Autise

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

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Noirmoutier

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

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Notre-Dame-de-Monts

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

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Piriac-sur-Mer

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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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Pornic

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

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Pornichet

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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

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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

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

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Saint-Brevin-les-Pins

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

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Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie

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

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Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez

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

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Saint-Jean-de-Monts

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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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Sainte-Suzanne

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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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Saulges

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

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Saumur

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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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Solesmes

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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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Vouvant

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

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For more information see the Pays de la Loire guide