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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Loire-Atlantique

Bordering Nantes, Orvault is a town in Loire-Atlantique in Pays de la Loire. This ancient rural town experienced a population explosion in the middle of the twentieth-century, the Nantes influence. Orvault is in the valley of Cens, near Saint-Herblain and Vigneux-de-Bretagne.

If it still has an important agricultural activity today, the city of Orvault also turned to tourism with architectural and cultural heritage of the most interesting. The city, ideally situated for exploring Nantes and Loire surroundings, landscaped, also offers all the advantages for a fun holiday with plenty of entertainment.

Green, the city of Orvault has a rich natural heritage that provides ample space for outdoor walks as well as sports activities.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude47.2743440 (N 47° 16’ 28”)
Longitude-1.6194050 (W 1° 37’ 10”)
AltitudeFrom 7m to 74m
Surface area27.67 km²
Population25501 inhabitants
Density921 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureNantes (9.2 km, 17 min)
Insee code44114
IntercommunalityME de Nantes
RegionPays de la Loire

Nearest cities & towns

La Chapelle-sur-Erdre7.1 km (12 min)
Treillières8.1 km (11 min)
Sautron8.6 km (16 min)
Saint-Herblain9.3 km (14 min)
Nantes9.4 km (18 min)
Indre10.1 km (13 min)
Vigneux-de-Bretagne12.2 km (16 min)
Grandchamps-des-Fontaines12.3 km (17 min)
Sucé-sur-Erdre12.8 km (18 min)
Sainte-Luce-sur-Loire13.4 km (16 min)
Carquefou13.4 km (15 min)
Bouguenais14.7 km (16 min)
Couëron15.2 km (20 min)
Notre-Dame-des-Landes16 km (19 min)

Things to see and do

Orvault enjoys an important and rich heritage reflecting the glorious past of this town near Nantes and its history.

Built in the twelfth century and changed the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, the castle of La Tour is made of granite. Changed again in the twentieth century, it now has a characteristic Gothic style. In the chapel of the fifteenth century stained glass of the sixteenth century this former provost of Nantes and his wife. It is registered as an historic monument as an object.

The city also hosts the castle Morlière a century mansion listed historic monument. The castle of Gobinière, nineteenth century, is meanwhile the old tanners Nantes property. The latter is surrounded by Michel Baudry park, and its common host the Gobinière theater, a theater of the city.

Greater than two hectares, the Bois-de-Future of the park lies at the confluence of Cens and Rousselière. Finished in 2000, it contains as many trees as children born to Orvault that year. The park also houses a beautiful metal sculpture Serge Sagan. Not far away, the Michel Baudry park surrounding the castle of Gobinière, covers seven hectares.

Places of interest

Natural sites
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Orvault, which receives radiation Nantes, this quality entertainment throughout the year.

Orvault the market is held every Friday from 8 to 13h.

In February, Orvault hosts Europe's largest magic festival with artists from around the world.

Every year in March, Orvault is the theater of the world famous football Mini. The competition, dedicated to children, clash sees regional clubs, national and international.


Saturday 21 october
Min. 9°C - Max. 17°C
Sunday 22 october
Min. 8°C - Max. 16°C
Monday 23 october
Min. 9°C - Max. 18°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Private Guided Walking Tour of Nantes – 2 hours
Culture and education47 € Nantes (8.1 km)
Tour of the Château de Goulaine and the Official Museum of the lu Biscuit Factory
Culture and education9 € Haute-Goulaine (18.1 km)
Nature and the great outdoors8 € to 13 € Orée-d'Anjou (31 km)
La Boissière du Doré Zoo
Nature and the great outdoors14 € to 19 € La Boissière-du-Doré (32 km)
Taste and buy Vendée wine
Local flavours5 € Saint-Philbert-de-Bouaine (35 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Carquefou - Saint-Mars-la-Jaille Greenway
Cycling itineraryEasy5h00Carquefou (9.4 km)
Château du Port Mulon Park
HikeEasy50 minNort-sur-Erdre (19.8 km)
Along the Haute Perche Canal
HikeEasy1h30Pornic (40 km)
Vélocéan - Cycling in Loire-Atlantique
Cycling itineraryEasy4h30Saint-Brevin-les-Pins (41 km)
Itinéraire cyclable entre Mormaison, Saint André Treize Voies et Saint Sulpice le Verdon
All-terrain bike itineraryEasy1h20Montréverd (43 km)


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