Map of places to visit in Pays de la Loire

You can find details of some of the places we suggest you visit near Pays de la Loire below the map...

 
 

Angers:

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

Angers guide

Angers Cathedral:

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

Angers Cathedral guide

Apocalypse Tapestry:

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

Apocalypse Tapestry guide

Asnieres-sur-Vegre:

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

Asnieres-sur-Vegre guide

 
 

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

Aubigne-sur-Layon guide

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!

Batz-sur-Mer guide

Bauge:

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

Bauge guide

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

Beaumont-sur-Sarthe guide

Bretignolles-sur-Mer:

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

Bretignolles-sur-Mer guide

 
 

Briere Regional Natural Parc:

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

Briere Regional Natural Parc guide

Chateau d'Angers:

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

Chateau d'Angers guide

Chateau d'Olonne:

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

Chateau d'Olonne guide

Chateau de Brissac:

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

Chateau de Brissac guide

Chateau de Saumur:

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

Chateau de Saumur guide

Chateau du Lude:

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

Chateau du Lude guide

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

Chateau Plessis-Bourre guide

Clisson:

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

Clisson guide

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

Collegiate Church of Saint-Martin guide

Evron:

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

Evron guide

Fontenay-le-Comte:

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

Fontenay-le-Comte guide

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

Fontevraud Abbey guide

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

Fresnay-sur-Sarthe guide

Guerande:

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

Guerande guide

Ile d'Yeu:

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

Ile d'Yeu guide

Jade Coast:

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

Jade Coast guide

Jard-sur-Mer:

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

Jard-sur-Mer guide

Jublains:

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

Jublains guide

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!

La Baule guide

La Faute-sur-Mer:

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

La Faute-sur-Mer guide

La Ferte-Bernard:

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

La Ferte-Bernard guide

La Tranche-sur-Mer:

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

La Tranche-sur-Mer guide

La Turballe:

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

La Turballe guide

Lassay-les-Chateaux:

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

Lassay-les-Chateaux guide

Laval:

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

Laval guide

Le Croisic:

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

Le Croisic guide

Le Mans:

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

Le Mans guide

Le Pouliguen:

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

Le Pouliguen guide

Les Moutiers-en-Retz:

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

Les Moutiers-en-Retz guide

Longeville-sur-Mer:

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

Longeville-sur-Mer guide

Lucon:

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

Lucon guide

Maillezais abbey:

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

Maillezais abbey guide

Mayenne:

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

Mayenne guide

Montsoreau:

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

Montsoreau guide

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.

Nantes guide

Nieul-sur-l'Autise:

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

Nieul-sur-l'Autise guide

Noirmoutier:

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

Noirmoutier guide

Notre-Dame-de-Monts:

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

Notre-Dame-de-Monts guide

Piriac-sur-Mer:

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

Piriac-sur-Mer guide

Pornic:

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

Pornic guide

Pornichet:

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

Pornichet guide

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

Port Bourgenay guide

Sables d'Olonne:

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

Sables d'Olonne guide

Saint-Brevin-les-Pins:

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

Saint-Brevin-les-Pins guide

Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie:

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

Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie guide

Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez:

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

Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez guide

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

Saint-Jean-de-Monts guide

Sainte-Suzanne:

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

Sainte-Suzanne guide

Saulges:

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

Saulges guide

Saumur:

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

Saumur guide

Solesmes:

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

Solesmes guide

Vouvant:

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

Vouvant guide