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

Doué-la-Fontaine is located in Anjou, between Saumur and Angers.

Doué-la-Fontaine, growing roses...

It's Edmee Chatenay - Crespin ( grand-son of Louis XIV's gardener ) that launches the culture of roses Doue the 18th century. With the renowned mild climate and rich soil, the crop has grown considerably. Over 45% of the national production comes from Douessin, that makes this region the first center in Europe with more than 7 million roses a year.

The other feature of this city is its famous cave heritage.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude47.1936160 (N 47° 11’ 37”)
Longitude-0.2751840 (W 0° 16’ 31”)
AltitudeFrom 48m to 105m
Surface area35.90 km²
Population7827 inhabitants
Density218 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAngers (41 km, 41 min)
Insee code49125
IntercommunalityCC de la Région de Doué-La-Fontaine
TerritoryAnjou, Loire Valley
RegionPays de la Loire

Nearest cities & towns

Forges4.3 km (8 min)
Les Verchers-sur-Layon5.2 km (8 min)
Concourson-sur-Layon5.4 km (8 min)
Dénezé-sous-Doué6.2 km (8 min)
Brossay6.3 km (8 min)
Louresse-Rochemenier7.6 km (11 min)
Meigné7.8 km (13 min)
Saint-Georges-sur-Layon8.1 km (11 min)
Les Ulmes9 km (12 min)
Le Puy-Notre-Dame9.1 km (13 min)
Montfort9.1 km (12 min)
Tuffalun9.7 km (11 min)
Cizay-la-Madeleine9.7 km (16 min)
Saint-Macaire-du-Bois10.1 km (16 min)
Vaudelnay10.4 km (16 min)

Things to see and do

Bioparc Zoo de Doue : 14 acres, more than 600 animals, bred here for the preservation of their species in a unique setting, carved into the stone of Anjou.

Aux Anciens Shops: museum of twenty small shops of yesteryear, faithfully reconstructed.

Roads to Rose: park of 4 ha in a wake of perfume, unique collection of over 400 different varieties of roses. One of the most beautiful rose gardens of France ( April - May - June).

The Mystery Faluns, set design on the theme of the sea faluns in cathedrals caves some arches rising to 20 meters in height.

Troglodytes and Coffin : Life in troglodyte since the Middle Ages...

The Arena : unique since dug in the rock shellfish. Site of the Day and the Rose d'Anjou Festival each year.

Distillery: Rose garden and rose water and blueberry distillery.

The Pit : Troglodyte site.

The Carolingian House : Built in the year 900, is the oldest fortification of this kind yet discovered in France ( Historic Monument since 1963).

Fountains : it is around the fountain was born the city but it was the Baron Foulon that we owe this beautiful wash of the 18th century. Until 1950, the same basin that was used for watering the other side of the street.

The Cathedral Saint Denis: built in the 13th century, this church reflects the architectural beauty of the buildings of that era. Listed building ( in ruins ).

The Church of St. Peter, built in the 15th century on the foundations of the first church of Saint Peter, it is one of the churches in Anjou and welcoming to visitors all year round.

Troglodyte pottery.

Distilling rose water.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Local farmers markets are held every Monday morning and Friday evening, the squares of the Fairground, the City Hall and Verdun.

Days of the Rose : international competition Floral Art, 4 days around July 14 each year in the bullring Doué-la-Fontaine.

The Pépifolies : large market for local producers of plants, each year in November, the rose garden Foullon.

The Christmas Market : every year the first weekend of December, the arenas of Doué-la-Fontaine.

Detailed information

Rose Days
Exceptional rose arrangements exhibited in a cave galleryJuly 2018


Fountains Gifted
Fountains Gifted
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Place Jean Bégault
Place Jean Bégault
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Carolingian House
Carolingian House
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Church of St. Pierre
Church of St. Pierre
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Days of the Rose
Days of the Rose
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Wednesday 20 september
Min. 7°C - Max. 21°C
Thursday 21 september
Min. 7°C - Max. 24°C
Friday 22 september
Min. 11°C - Max. 21°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

La Cave aux sculptures Dénezé-sous- Doue : a masterpiece of popular art, whose mystery still fascinates visitors and researchers. True comic caricature of manners of a bygone era.

The troglodyte village of Rochemenier : cave all together two plain old farms with dwellings and outbuildings dug into the rock gong and a chapel and an underground meeting room.

The cave houses of Forges.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Dog sled ride
Nature and the great outdoors17 € to 27 € Doué-la-Fontaine
Wine tour and tasting at the heart of the vineyard
Local flavours5 € Vauchrétien (21 km)
Cap Loire Discovery Park
Culture and education4 € to 6 € Mauges-sur-Loire (48 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Rose Circuit
Village visitEasy40 minLes Rosiers-sur-Loire (17.9 km)
Historic city centre circuit
HikeEasy40 minAngers (37 km)
Between the Loire and the hedged farmland
Cycling itineraryEasy2h00Saint-Martin-du-Fouilloux (41 km)
Beaupréau Castle Park
HikeEasy2h00Beaupréau-en-Mauges (54 km)
Plessis Park
HikeEasy2h00Montrevault-sur-Èvre (54 km)


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