Pays de la Loire

France
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Famous vineyards, gastronomy, castles, historic towns and villages, picturesque cycling routes. These are just some of the many highlights of Pays de la Loire.

This region has something for everyone, whether you love architecture, culture or history, you enjoy gastronomy or walking, you want to holiday by the coast, or you want to take a journey to discover the world-renowned castles.

Not to be missed? Visit Brissac château, the tallest in France, with its seven floors and 204 rooms, Brézé château, the most unusual, with its huge underground fortress, or Lude château, renowned for its beautiful gardens.

Fontevraud Abbey, a monastic centre founded in the twelfth century, occupies a 35-acre site. The troglodyte houses in Forges are also worth a visit.

In Nantes, visit the château, which is home to a museum about the city’s history. Push open the cathedral door and cross the Schœlcher footbridge to reach the Isle of Nantes, where you can discover the mechanical animals at the Machines de l'île amusement park.

Stroll along the narrow streets of the medieval town of Angers admiring its wooden houses, and visit Saint-Maurice Cathedral and Angers château, a 17-tower fortress built in the 12thcentury.

Le Mans, famous for its racetrack, is a remarkable medieval city. Be sure not to miss Cité Plantagenêt, Saint-Julien Cathedral and the Tessé Museum of Fine Arts.

If you are on holiday in Pays de la Loire as a family, spend a day at Puy du Fou, a history-themed theme park, or at La Flèche Zoo.

There are lovely tourist resorts along the coast such as La Baule or Pornichet, and many thalassotherapy centres, not forgetting Noirmoutier Island.

Make the most of your holiday in the region with a meal in a Michelin-starred restaurant or sample the Loire Valley’s wines.

To get there, fly into Nantes, or take the train from Paris to Nantes, Angers or Le Mans. Cross-Channel ferries are also a convenient way of reaching this region.

With castles, gastronomy and historic cities, Pays de la Loire will not disappoint.

Popular cities in Pays de la Loire

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Angers
Known for Historical, Universities and Art
Castles, museums and churches generate a rustic ambiance in this charming French city filled with culture, history and the arts.

Reasons to visit

  • Chateau d'Angers
  • Angers Cathedral
  • Place du Ralliement
Nantes featuring heritage architecture and heritage elements
Nantes
Known for Historical, Castle and Business
Nantes, the historic city of the kings of Brittany, is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Breton history while enjoying its dynamic contemporary atmosphere.

Reasons to visit

  • Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany
  • Nantes Cathedral
Le Mans showing heritage elements, a church or cathedral and heritage architecture
Le Mans
Known for Historical, Walking and Cathedrals
Trip time! Discover the history, cathedral and museums in Le Mans.
Saumur
Saumur
Known for Castle, Wineries and Cheese
The pristine Loire River is central to the town’s charm and elegance while the background is dominated by the imposing shape of a truly breathtaking château.
Les Sables-d'Olonne
Les Sables-d'Olonne
Explore attractions like Olonnes Golf and Les Sables d'Olonne Beach as you discover things to see and do in Les Sables-d'Olonne.
Saint-Herblain
Saint-Herblain
Known for Shopping, Theatres and Live music
Get away to Saint-Herblain! Enjoy the theatre, monuments and local cuisine.