Maine-et-Loire places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Maine-et-Loire department of Pays de la Loire. See also our Maine-et-Loire travel guide

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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photo of Angers Cathedral

Angers Cathedral

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

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 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 Bauge


Bauge is a small traditional town with a small castle - and a very interesting apothecary!
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photo of Chateau de Brissac

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 Montreuil-Bellay

The Château de Montreuil-Bellay is an impressive 15th century castle surrouned by medieval ramparts and furnished n period style
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Chateau de Saumur

The Chateau de Saumur stands in an impressive location with views across the Loire river
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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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photo of Chateau Plessis-Bourre

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 Cholet


Cholet is a pleasant town in the Maine et Loire department.
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Collegiate Church of Saint-Martin

The Collegiate 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 Fontevraud Abbey

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 Montsoreau


Montsoreau, listed as a 'most beautiful villages in France', also has an interesting troglodyte vilage to explore
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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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For more information see the Maine-et-Loire guide

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Market towns & days in Maine-et-Loire

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Angers: Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday
Beaufort-en-Vallee: Wednesday
Beaupreau: Monday
Brissac-Quince: Thursday
Cande: Monday
Chalonnes-sur-Loire: Tuesday & Saturday
Chateauneuf-sur-Sarthe: Friday
Chemille: Thursday
Cholet: Saturday all day & Monday all day
Doue-la-Fontaine: Monday
Le Lion-d'Angers: Friday
Longue-Jumelles: Thursday
Montreuil-Bellay: Tuesday
Montsoreau: Sunday
Noyant: Friday
Pouance: Thursday
Saint-Barthelemy-d'Anjou: Tuesday
Saint-Macaire-en-Mauges: Friday
Saumur: Wednesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday
Segre: Wednesday & Saturday
Seiches-sur-le-Loir: Thursday
Thouarce: Tuesday
Tierce: Wednesday
Trelaze: Sunday
Vihiers: Wednesday

Tourist attractions to visit in Maine-et-Loire

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Zoo or wildlife park

Parc zoologique de Doué-la-Fontaine

4* Towns in Bloom

Angers: See tourist guide

Aubigne-sur-Layon: See tourist guide



Towns of Art and History

Angers: See tourist guide

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Saumur: See tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Jardins du Pin

Parc de Lathan

Parc oriental de Maulévrier

Religious Monuments

Abbaye Notre Dame de Fontevraud (Fontevraud Abbey): See tourist guide

Eglise de Notre Dame (Chenehutte-Treves-Cunault)

Prieuré de Notre-Dame de Cunault (Chenehutte-Treves-Cunault)

Towns classified as Recommended Detours


National Monuments

Chateau d'Angers: See tourist guide

Fontevraud Abbey: See tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Montsoreau: See tourist guide