The new town of Pays de la Loire, Loire-Authion was created on 1 January 2016. It is located in the department of Maine-et-Loire, not far from the agglomeration of Angers. The town of nearly 16 000 inhabitants takes place in the valley of the Authion, on the Loire.
Loire-Authion was born from the regrouping of the communes of Andard, Bauné, La Bohalle, Brain-sur-l'Authion, Corné, La Daguenière and Saint-Mathurin-sur-Loire. It is part of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Natural Park and benefits from the tourist attraction of the Loire river, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The commune of Loire-Authion is green and unspoiled and enjoys an exceptional natural heritage, ideal for hiking with the family or for outdoor activities such as horseback riding or mountain biking. It also has an interesting architectural and cultural heritage to discover in the old boroughs that compose it today.
Opened in May 2017, the house of Loire in Anjou, the odyssey Loire, proposes to retrace the history and the life of the river and its inhabitants through a modern and dynamic scenography. A visit is offered with fun objects and different films to discover, while the house also features theme cruises, biotope discovery tours and temporary exhibitions. Family and entertaining walks are accessible through rallies, egg hunts or fishing sessions.
Loire-Authion is rich in religious heritage of great interest. Do not miss the church of Saint-Symphorien located in Andard, it has very beautiful stained glass windows classified to the Historic Monuments, as well as beautiful murals. Built in the 11th century, the church of Saint-Blaise de Corné is not lacking interest either. It notably allows to admire a gothic flamboyant porch, as well as vaults in stars of late Gothic style, element very rare in Anjou. Brain-sur-l'Authion is not to be outdone with its Saint-Pierre church which harmoniously blends the Gothic or neo-Greek styles. There is a 13th-century Plantagenet chapel, a 15th-century chapel or a 19th-century nave. More recently, the church of Saint-Mathurin in Saint-Mathurin-sur-Loire dates from the middle of the XIXth century. It is neo-Greek in style and has a stripped-down style and offers the view of the monumental door of peace, the posthumous work of the Catalan Josep Grau Garriga. Full of charm, the chapel of La Salette in La Bohalle is also a must-see in the commune of Loire-Authion.
Walking through the town, you can admire the 16th century chapel of La Marsaulaie and the manor house of the same name, or the house of Ecce Homo built between the 15th and 17th centuries. Do not miss Brain-sur-l'Authion the Logis des Landes, a residence listed in the Historic Monuments. In the same town, the castle of Narce was also registered with the Historic Monuments.
The La Clé des Champs pedagogic farm will delight young and old. Games, workshops, animals and other animations are offered throughout the year.
Christmas markets are offered at the end of the year, and the weekly markets run all week in the various boroughs of the commune of Loire-Authion.
Every two years, the Biennial of the Great Rivers of the World takes place in Loire-Authion, putting forward a country in each edition and this, over several weeks. The next edition will be held in 2018.
100% Rock Festival, The Math 's Son is held in March. On the program of the event, festive and animated concerts.
In August, Ban'quai is an event offering picnics and free shows on the banks of the Loire.
The Saint-Gilles fair is held at the end of August and highlights a fair, a garage sale and a trade fair.
Each year in the fall, Livres en Fête offers animations in various libraries in the commune. From October to November, exhibitions, readings, workshops, screenings and shows are offered to all types of public.
The Du Rock and Cows and Veals festival takes place in October, and offers a family afternoon with artistic performances, and an evening of concerts with local artists and national groups.