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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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Posed as if by magic on the banks of the last wild river in Europe, the small town character of Saint-Florent-le-Vieil never ceases to amaze its visitors. Mont Glonne which rises to fifty meters above the Loire, has an architectural gem of great beauty. The monastic complex formed by the old abbey Maurist, is indeed an architectural masterpiece, made from a blend of elegance and sobriety. Its abbey church with eclectic styles, contains the tomb of General Bonchamps, which is illustrated in the "Vendée Wars" by his gesture of forgiveness, before passing from life to death. Gesture forever engraved in white marble by the famous French sculptor David d'Angers. Part of the choir windows show elsewhere in this turbulent era, which profoundly affected the city. The church square offers visitors an exceptional view over the valley of the Loire and the countryside.

Small steep streets of the historic center, you will lead in turn towards the different monuments of the city: the commemorative column of the Duchesse d'Angouleme, the chapels St. Charles and Saint-Sauveur...

Saint-Florent-le-Vieil which has an undeniable cultural aura in the Pays des Mauges, has a place dedicated to literature: the house Julien Gracq. Indeed, it is in this small city ligérienne was born July 27, 1910 the famous writer. His house is now home to writers from all backgrounds, who come here to rest to write their book with as inspiration, the Loire flowing at the feet of the building.

Here, culture is expressed in all its components: concerts, exhibitions, performances, film screenings take place in the Abbey, converted for cultural as appropriate.

Taste the local cuisine: fish from the Loire and Anjou wines will certainly charm you.

To explore the city over water, nothing like a walk on the Loire by following the footsteps of the illustrious Gracq on the walk that bears his name. This is definitely by taking this path on the banks of the royal river, you will understand better what "the softness of Anjou," which Joachim du Bellay, celebrated author of the sixteenth century native Liré, was both praised.

Geographical information

MunicipalitySaint-Florent-le-Vieil
Postcode49410
Tourism label
Latitude47.3571310 (N 47° 21’ 26”)
Longitude-1.0151580 (W 1° 0’ 55”)
AltitudeFrom 7m to 130m
Surface area24.70 km²
Population2836 inhabitants
Density114 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

Saint-Florent-le-Vieil offers a multitude of activities for all the family, here are a few that might interest you:

Places of interest

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Monuments

Events and festivities

Saint-Florent-le-Vieil, land of Culture, is animated by several cultural events throughout the year:

Photos

La Loire à Saint-Florent-le-Vieil
La Loire à 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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The Saint-Florent-le-Vieil ice Loire
The Saint-Florent-le-Vieil ice Loire
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Saint-Florent-le-Vieil The abbey
Saint-Florent-le-Vieil The abbey
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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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Mont Glone and country scene on the island Batailleuse
Mont Glone and country scene on the island Batailleuse
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Saint-Florent-le-Vieil given the Meilleraie
Saint-Florent-le-Vieil given the Meilleraie
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Alley in the old town
Alley in the old town
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the tower of the Gabelle
the tower of the Gabelle
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Sunset on Mount Glone from the Loire
Sunset on Mount Glone from the Loire
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the abbey and the Loire frozen in 2012
the abbey and the Loire frozen in 2012
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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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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Le Pays des Mauges offers a kaleidoscope of sightseeing and activities for the whole family and for every taste, some of them perhaps whet your curiosity?

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Natural Park
Nature and the great outdoors8 € to 13 € Saint-Laurent-des-Autels (15.9 km)
Guided tour of Château de l'Oiselinière
Local flavours5 € to 10 € Gorges (36 km)
Terra Botanica - Plant theme park
Entertainment12 € to 19 € Angers (37 km)
Private walking tour of Nantes - 2 hours
Culture and education44 € Nantes (43 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Plessis Park
HikeEasy2h00Chaudron-en-Mauges (8.5 km)
Beaupréau Castle Park
HikeEasy2h00Beaupréau (17.6 km)
Historic city centre circuit
HikeEasy40 minAngers (37 km)
Carquefou - Saint-Mars-la-Jaille Greenway
Cycling itineraryEasy5h00Carquefou (37 km)
Château du Port Mulon Park
HikeEasy50 minNort-sur-Erdre (37 km)

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