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Le Puy-Notre-Dame

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

City of character of Maine-et-Loire, Le Puy-Notre-Dame is a charming village taking place in the heart of Saumur, of which it is the biggest commune of the vineyard, at the limit of the department of Deux-Sèvres. It is located about twenty kilometers from Saumur and its famous Black Frame, not far from Thouars and Montreuil-Bellay.

Appreciated since always for its wine-making activity, the commune of Puy-Notre-Dame is occupied since Prehistory. It developed in the course of the twelfth century, gradually offering an architecture mixing Gothic Poitevin and Angevin styles. Sacked in the sixteenth century during the religious wars that destroyed much of its fortified walls, it has retained all its charm and elegance.

Visitors to the area will appreciate the unique architecture of Puy-Notre-Dame, as well as its historical heritage of great interest.

Geographical information

MunicipalityLe Puy-Notre-Dame
Postcode49260
Tourism labels
Latitude47.1248790 (N 47° 7’ 30”)
Longitude-0.2298860 (W 0° 13’ 48”)
AltitudeFrom 32m to 106m
Surface area16.04 km²
Population1241 inhabitants
Density77 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAngers (32 mi, 52 min)
Insee code49253
IntercommunalityCA Saumur Val de Loire
DepartmentMaine-et-Loire
TerritoryAnjou, Loire Valley
RegionPays de la Loire

Nearest cities & towns

Vaudelnay2.2 mi (7 min)
Saint-Macaire-du-Bois2.9 mi (7 min)
Brossay3.5 mi (10 min)
Saint-Martin-de-Sanzay4 mi (11 min)
Montreuil-Bellay4.9 mi (10 min)
Doué-en-Anjou5.7 mi (13 min)
Cizay-la-Madeleine5.9 mi (20 min)
Antoigné7 mi (17 min)
Loretz-d'Argenton7.1 mi (13 min)
Passavant-sur-Layon8.1 mi (19 min)
Saint-Just-sur-Dive8.7 mi (16 min)
Le Coudray-Macouard8.7 mi (15 min)
Sainte-Verge8.9 mi (17 min)
Brion-près-Thouet9.3 mi (14 min)
Val en Vignes9.4 mi (17 min)

Things to see and do

Listed as a Historical Monument, Notre-Dame Church was built between the mid-12th century and the middle of the 13th century. Inspired by the plan of the cathedral of Poitiers, it reveals a beautiful mixture of Gothic poitevin and Angevin style. In the second half of the fifteenth century, Louis XI added a chapter that will give the name of collegiate church. In the choir, you can still admire the carved solid oak stalls of the sixteenth century, as well as an oil Jean Boucher of the first half of the seventeenth century and representing the Assumption of the Virgin.

While strolling in the town, do not miss to discover the houses of the XVIth century which served formerly as relay with the pilgrims, the remains of the fortified enclosure or the old mills located on the banks of the Thouet, like the one of Couché. Rebuilt in the 19th century stone tufa and stone, it has a beautiful pinion tip.

Le Puy-Notre-Dame is also an opportunity to see the chapel of the cemetery dating from the fifteenth century, the mill cavier today in ruins, subterranean-refuges under the village or the press of the castle of Lys in Sanziers.

Do not miss to visit the living cellar of the mushroom to discover a retrospective of the time spent from the exploitation of the tufa to the culture of the mushroom through the life of troglodyte peasants.

Places of interest

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Events and festivities

Photos

Living Silk - breeding silkworms in Puy
Living Silk - breeding silkworms in Puy
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Weather

Saturday 24 june
Min. 18°C - Max. 29°C
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Sunday 25 june
Min. 17°C - Max. 31°C
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Monday 26 june
Min. 19°C - Max. 36°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit to an educational horse farm
Culture and education15 € Saint-Macaire-du-Bois (2.7 mi)
Dog sled ride
Nature and the great outdoors17 € to 27 € Doué-en-Anjou (9.4 mi)
Visit to a Combustion Engine museum
Culture and education2 € to 6 € Saumur (11 mi)
Saumur Forest Aventures leisure park
Nature and the great outdoors23 € Saint-Hilaire-Saint-Florent (11.2 mi)
Hike with tasting in the Layon vineyards
Local flavours25 € Bellevigne-en-Layon (19 mi)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Rose Circuit
Village visitEasy40 minGennes-Val-de-Loire (15.6 mi)
The Great Sacred Path
HikeEasy3h00Mouterre-Silly (16.5 mi)
Between the Loire and the hedged farmland
Cycling itineraryEasy2h00Saint-Martin-du-Fouilloux (31 mi)
Bike tour "the Loop of the Loir"
All-terrain bike itineraryIntermediate2h10Seiches-sur-le-Loir (32 mi)
Beaupréau Castle Park
HikeEasy2h00Beaupréau-en-Mauges (36 mi)

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