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5 Top reasons why you should definitely include Atlantic Loire Valley on your bucket list!

1. The heart of the Loire Valley, listed on the UNESCO world heritage

 

This part of the Loire Valley, from Saumur to the Atlantic Ocean is “the other Chateaux region”. Admire the still inhabited Chateaux like Brissac or Brézé, the 1,000-year-old Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, the tufa stone cave dwellings of the Saumur area...

 

2. Vibrant cities such as Nantes, Angers or Le Mans 

 

Nantes: Playful and creative, vibrant and young, Nantes has been totally turned upside down by art! 2 hours from Paris by TGV train, the historical capital of Brittany has been awarded European Capital of Innovation 2020 for its quality of life, efficient transportation policy and sustainable development. When in Nantes “follow the green line” which leads from an artwork by one of today’s great artists to a remarkable heritage site. Nantes boasts over 100 permanent artworks in public spaces and every summer in July and August the green line comes alive with artists, architects, designers and gardeners... Save the date!

Angers: Known as the capital of Anjou, Angers spreads out just a few steps away from the Loire River. This vibrant city is renowned for: Its Chateau: the Loire Valley’s biggest medieval fortress is home to an extraordinary 14th century masterpiece, the Apocalypse Tapestry. Its medieval architecture, museums and cobbled streets. Its Cointreau liqueur. Its quality of life.

Le Mans: Known throughout the world for its 24-hour endurance car race that takes place every year in June, Le Mans also happens to be a charming city. Its medieval town centre - Cité Pantagenêt - is the largest and most preserved testimony of French architecture in Western France (20 hectares). You will enjoy strolling along the cobbled streets, admiring the old timber-framed townhouses which date back to the Renaissance period. And don’t miss the impressive cathedral. No wonder the city has served as a film set for many major French and American movies.

 

3. Cycling holidays

 

Atlantic Loire Valley is an ideal destination for families with very flat and well signposted routes, and also for experienced cyclists who will enjoy the connections with the great European cycle routes Eurovelo 1 and 6. The Loire by Bike, the Vélo Francette, the Loir Valley by bike, the Velodyssey® or Atlantic Coast Route ... Take a ride on some of the 3,000 km of cycle paths and green lanes in Atlantic Loire Valley & discover varied landscapes with very different atmospheres: seaside, rivers, grove, marsh...

 

4. The Loire Valley Wines 

 

Taste world-class AOP-labelled wines and lesser-known gems: Muscadet, Saumur, Jasnières, Coteaux-du-Loir, Anjou are perfect to pair with the local gastronomy. And meet local winegrowers and craftsmen passionate about their trades.

5. The Atlantic Coast 

 

With 450 km of coastline and 215 km of beaches, La Baule, Pornic, Les Sables d’Olonne, Noirmoutier and Yeu Islands are some of the key places to visit. If you’re looking for active holidays, many watersports await you including: windsurfing, catamarans, sea kayaks and even kitesurfing, flyboarding, giant stand-up paddling and kite foiling.

 

BONUS

 

Last but not least… THE PUY DU FOU THEME PARK

Puy du Fou is an historic theme park, several times voted “Best Park in the World” and 1st leisure park in France and Europe for 2019 Trip Advisor travelers’ choice ! Forget the 21st century and throw yourself into a journey back in time! Show after show, adventure after adventure, cross the centuries. 60 shows and activities 4 period villages55 hectares of nature 6 theme hotels.

Visit the website of Puy du Fouhttps://www.puydufou.com/fr

 

Did you know that Puy du Fou is partner with De Efteling park in the Netherlands ? De Efteling asked the French park to produce the ‘Raveleijn’ show. A French-Dutch group of 50 artists, stuntmen, horse riders, falconers from Puy du Fou have been working on this historic show picturing Countess Halina teaching five young people how to protect the magical city of Raveleijn from evil.

Visit the website of Eftelinghttps://www.efteling.com/nl 


For more information, visit their website.

Photo credit :

- Photo 1: Clisson © Agence - Les Conteurs
- Photo 2 : Abbaye royale de Fontevraud-ext © S. Gaudard
- Photo 3 : La loire à vélo_© Jean-Sébastien Evrard
- Photo 4 : Pays de la Loire_Vallée du Loir © P.Beltrami

 

 

 

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