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The Pays de la Loire is the ideal place for your holidays, weekends or short breaks. The region has plenty of activities that can fill your trip. Discover the Atlantic coast, city break, cottage in the countryside or culture... Pays de la Loire will suit all your different needs and wants!
With 450km of coastline, the Pays de la Loire region hosts a variety of renowned Atlantic coast destinations such as the seaside commune of La Baule, with its beautiful sandy beaches and decadent luxury hotels. The oceanic landscapes on Noirmoutier island are not to be missed, and be sure to also pay a visit to the Sables-d’Olonne, the starting point for the Vendée Globe round-the-world unassisted solo yacht race, which takes place every four years.
In the countryside, the Region is also loved by walkers and architecture’s lovers. Discover the city of Nantes where you can find the Castle of Duke of Brittany, the city of Angers with its castle built by Saint Louis and the Saint-Maurice Cathedral, the city of Le Mans host one of the biggest French cathedral.
In this region discover the fabulous troglodyte’s cellars of Saumur, extending over 600km find a vast underground galleries which was an old tuffeau stone quarry (white stone used for the construction of many Loire’s castles and the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud). In this old quarry the Saumur and Touraine’s wine are ripened in over 3 million bottles.
Situated in a green valley just a few kilometres from the Loire River near Saumur, Fontevraud is an unmissable stop on a visit to the Loire Valley. At the mid-point of the three regions of Poitou, Anjou and Touraine, this abbey is one of the largest surviving monastic structures from the Middle Ages. Listed as a monument historique in 1840, the abbey was also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site as part of the Loire Valley in 2000.
Looking out to the Atlantic Ocean, the Tour Saint-Nicolas (14th century), the Tour de la Chaîne (14th century) and the Tour de la Lanterne (12th and 15th century) are the remains of a great fortification campaign undertaken in the City of La Rochelle that began in 1199. These towers are the symbol of a city with a rich and proud seafaring and trading heritage.