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Saint-Florent-le-Vieil

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Maine-et-Loire

Saint-Florent-le-Vieil - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Maine-et-Loire
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At the door of Mauges, a historic site on the banks of the Loire, the last wild river in Europe. Saint-Florent-le-Vieil, the Mecca of the Vendée wars.

An exceptional view of the Loire Valley offers visitors from the esplanade of Mount Glonn.

A city inhabited by the story: you can stroll by letting you win by magic of the past.

A city proud and honored to be able to count among its inhabitants, the writer Gracq, died Dec. 22, 2007. Today you can if you want to follow her on "The Promenade Gracq" dedicated to him.

You can end your visit around sampling the culinary delights of the Loire fish, white butter, foie gras.

Geographical information

MunicipalitySaint-Florent-le-Vieil
Postcode49410
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Latitude47.3571310 (N 47° 21’ 26”)
Longitude-1.0151580 (W 1° 0’ 55”)
AltitudeFrom 7m to 130m
Surface area24.70 km²
Population2791 inhabitants
Density112 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAngers (42 km, 40 min)
Insee code49276
IntercommunalityCC du Canton de Saint-Florent-le-Vieil
DepartmentMaine-et-Loire
RegionPays de la Loire

Nearest cities & towns

Varades3.7 km (4 min)
Le Marillais5.1 km (6 min)
La Chapelle-Saint-Florent5.9 km (8 min)
Saint-Laurent-du-Mottay6.3 km (8 min)
Le Mesnil-en-Vallée6.9 km (8 min)
Botz-en-Mauges7.3 km (8 min)
Montrelais8.4 km (13 min)
Bouzillé8.9 km (10 min)
Saint-Herblon9.5 km (10 min)
Anetz10.4 km (11 min)
La Boissière-sur-Èvre10.4 km (14 min)
Saint-Pierre-Montlimart10.4 km (10 min)
Ingrandes10.4 km (14 min)
Beausse10.5 km (15 min)

Things to see and do

The visit of the abbey is required upon arrival at the esplanade. Experienced by religious wars, the abbey was restored from 1702 to 1710, except for the chorus and the door of the 13th century, south transept, opens onto the cloister. During the wars of Vendee, the abbey is in prison twice. After the fire the city, only this church, roofless but vaulted accommodates the village community. The abbey was restored by Tessier in 1896. You can see the tomb of Bonchamps. On October 18, 1793, General Charles-Artus de Vendée Bonchamps, mortally wounded during the battle of Cholet, Saint-Florent-le-Vieil is illustrated by a gesture of forgiveness. He pardons 5000 Republican prisoners held in the Abbey, while the Republican army fire and killing around.

The view over the Loire, the Abbey, the Museum of Vendée wars are also places to discover, while strolling through the alleys of the old town.

Many walks through the city; list at the Tourist Office - Place de la Févrière 4 - Tel: +33 2 41 72 62 32 - Email: saintflorentlevieil@uneautreloire.fr

Fishing in the Loire is a very popular activity during the heyday: pike, perch ... Visitors can also linger in front of the ball players of sand.

Places of interest

Information points
Monuments

Events and festivities

Each year, a cultural season is given in the magnificent setting of the abbey, including concerts, exhibitions, readings, lectures, movies ... are a rich and varied program. The shows are on offer in the auditorium Gracq or in the abbey for large groups.

The Oriental The festival is a highlight each year in the city. The Oriental invite late June and early July, all audiences, young and old, to discover the magic and the authenticity of cultures of the East. Thirty shows, concerts, films, exhibitions and lectures each year offering a varied, compelling and rewarding.

The Summertime International du Pastel, from July to late August, an exhibition of 200 works by French masters pastel and international conferences and exhibitions.

Each year, the old streets come alive every Friday night from mid-July to mid-August. The podiums Florentais allow many musical groups to come forward.

Photos

The Loire Saint-Florent-le-Vieil
The Loire Saint-Florent-le-Vieil
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Saint-Florent-le-Vieil seen from the flooded Tau
Saint-Florent-le-Vieil seen from the flooded Tau
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Saint-Florent-le-Vieil seen Meilleraie
Saint-Florent-le-Vieil seen Meilleraie
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The Abbey Saint-Florent-le-Vieil
The Abbey Saint-Florent-le-Vieil
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Sunset on Saint-Florent-le-Vieil since the lifting
Sunset on Saint-Florent-le-Vieil since the lifting
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Abbey
Abbey
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Tower of Gabelle
Tower of Gabelle
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Lane
Lane
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Sunset on Mount Glone from the Loire
Sunset on Mount Glone from the Loire
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The Ice Saint-Florent-le-Vieil Loire
The Ice Saint-Florent-le-Vieil Loire
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The abbey and the Loire jelly 2012
The abbey and the Loire jelly 2012
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Mount Glone and pastoral scene on the island Battler
Mount Glone and pastoral scene on the island Battler
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The flooded Tau
The flooded Tau
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Old Town
Old Town
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The watchtower
The watchtower
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Flight of swans on Tau
Flight of swans on Tau
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Weather

Saturday 18 april
Min. 10°C - Max. 18°C
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Sunday 19 april
Min. 9°C - Max. 18°C
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Monday 20 april
Min. 8°C - Max. 19°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Home Bonchamps Varades house where died the Marquis de Bonchamps October 18, 1793. Be open to the public from May 1 to October 31 show. Animations are also available outside of the previous period. It also welcomes the public during Heritage Days.

Activities: Hiking - Fishing.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Basket-making course by the Loire
Crafts170 € Bouchemaine (30 km)
Pleasures of the palate and wine tasting at the castle
Local flavours5 € Le Pallet (35 km)
Guided tour of the Castle Oiselinière
Local flavours5 € to 10 € Gorges (36 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Plessis Park
HikeEasy2h00Chaudron-en-Mauges (8.5 km)
Beaupréau Castle Park
HikeEasy2h00Beaupréau (17.6 km)
Carquefou - Saint-Mars-la-Jaille Greenway
Cycling itineraryEasy5h00Carquefou (37 km)
Château du Port Mulon Park
HikeEasy50 minNort-sur-Erdre (37 km)
Fontenelle Circuit
HikeEasy1h45Laigné (57 km)

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