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Guide of Pays de la Loire

Tourism, holidays & weekends in Pays de la Loire

Guide of Pays de la Loire - Tourism, holidays & weekends in Pays de la Loire

Opening onto the Atlantic Ocean, with Europe's last wild river running through it, the Pays de la Loire region offers a fascinatingly varied heritage. Vast and expansive, its scenery is very diverse and its attractions appeal to holidaymakers as well as lovers of fauna and flora. With 450 kilometres of coastline, made up of a series of superb sandy beaches, wild, rocky coasts and renowned seaside resorts such as La Baule, Les Sables-d'Olonne, Pornic and Saint-Jean-de-Monts, this highly prized destination in western France enchants fans of relaxation and sports and lovers of unspoilt landscapes in equal measure. Indeed, it's hard to resist the charms of the wild coast or the Coast of Light, where you can enjoy the benefits of the beach or try your hand at water sports like windsurfing and kitesurfing. Off the coast, the magnificent islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier also offer some wonderful places for strolling and recharging your batteries.

In the countryside, the Pays de la Loire region is also loved by walkers and architecture enthusiasts, with the banks of the famous royal river adorned by sumptuous castles, the Poitevin Marsh offering romantic boat rides, megalithic remains, the Cities of Art and History of Angers, Laval, Nantes and Le Mans, as well as the regional nature parks of Brière, Loire-Anjou-Touraine and Normandy-Maine, all three containing countless hiking trails.

Steeped in history and boasting an impressive built heritage, this vast area encompasses some of the famous Loire castles, like those of Angers and its famous tapestry of the Apocalypse, Brissac, Le Lude, Montreuil-Bellay, Montsoreau, Saumur or Serrant.

A lively place all year round, the Pays de la Loire region also hosts major events like the Hellfest in Clisson, a big metal music festival, the 24 Heures du Mans, a legendary sports car endurance race, and the Vendée Globe, a famous round-the-world solo sailing race that takes place every four years.

Territories of Pays de la Loire


On either side of the famous Loire Valley, discover Anjou and its architectural treasures: from the City of Art and City of Angers to Serrant Castle via Fontevraud Royal Abbey and the old medieval city of Saumur.

Loire Valley

The prestigious, world-renowned castles are the Loire Valley's undisputed flagship attraction. From Chambord to Chenonceau, from Blois to Amboise, from Villandry to Azay-le-Rideau, its architectural gems vie to be the most graceful and dazzling. This historical, cultural and wine-growing heritage is matched by the prestige of cities like Tours or Orleans, and the generosity of its natural areas, such as the idyllic Sologne countryside.


From the Cities of Art and History of Laval and Le Mans to the medieval towns of Sainte-Suzanne and Lassay-les-Châteaux, via the Mancelles Alps, Bercé forest and the Renaudies gardens, you will be spoilt for choice during your stay in Maine!


A favourite destination for lovers of architecture and old buildings, Poitou contains many gems of Romanesque art like the Church of Notre-Dame-la-Grande de Poitiers, the Romanesque triad of Melle and the Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe. In addition to this remarkable heritage, there are charming destinations like the superb village of Angles-sur-l'Anglin, the medieval town of Chauvigny and the peaceful Poitevin Marsh.

Guide of Pays de la Loire


The Loire-Atlantique is home to the city of Nantes and its fantastic architecture, the Guérande peninsula and its salt marshes, and the Brière Regional Nature Park with its charming thatched cottages.


The cities of Angers and Saumur with their rich built heritage, the sumptuous chateaux of the Loire valley and the famous Fontevraud abbey are some of the opportunities on offer to visitors of the Maine-et-Loire.


Mixing nature and traditions, the Mayenne offers plenty for those who love the countryside, including its Romanesque churches, its castles and its floral villages.


The Sarthe offers visitors the historic and artistic heritage of the city of Le Mans, as well as also rural excursions in Perche Sarthois and in the Sarthe valley.


Famous for its Atlantic coast lined with seaside resorts and long sandy beaches great for relaxation, the Vendée is also well know for its salt marshes on the Noirmoutier island and the Vendée Globe, a solo sailing race around the world.

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