Activities in Pays de la Loire

Places to visit:

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Château d’Angers 13th century castle with beautiful gardens and holding the largest known medieval tapestry: Les Tapisseries de l’Apocalypse.


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Château du Lude  Stunning most northerly château de la Loire, testimony of four centuries of French architecture, with beautiful gardens.


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Château de Durtal  11th century fortress embellished architecturally over the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. Supposedly the place where the massacre of Saint Bartholomew was instigated.


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Château de Montgeoffroy  Beautiful 18th century château – the interior period furniture is worth the detour.


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Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Solemnes  Leading centre for Gregorian chants in a beautiful 16th century Benedictine monastery.



Vignoble de la Tuffiere One of our favorite vineyards, La Tuffière produces a variety of anjou wines, that together with the underground troglodyte cellars and charming hosts make this a delightful wine tasting experience.

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Carré Cointreau – Authentic Cointreau distillery.

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Musée des 24 Heures du Mans – Race car museum, with automobile paraphernalia, films and photographs.

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Musée Regional de l’Air
Airplane museum on an airfield near Angers.

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Faïenceries d’Art de Malicorne
Artisanal atelier of refined earthenware.


Other things to see:

Zoo de La Flèche – Quite a large zoo, 1200 animals of 120 different species.

Dolmen de la Pierre Couverte – Neolithic megalithic tomb in an easy to walk to part of a forest.

Archaeological Site: Théâtre Gallo-Romain – 1st and 2nd century archaeological site with an amphitheater and market place.

Le Clocher Tors de Pontigné – One of the nicest of these odd european twisted steeples.

Weekly markets:

Le Grand Marché d’Angers – On Saturday morning.

Le Petit Marché du Dimanche (La Flèche) – On Sunday morning.

Things to do:

Golf de Baugé – Beautiful golf course in Baugé.

Le Mans Karting International – Outdoot Go Karting

Inwall Kart – Indoor Karting

USF Canoe Kayak – Canoe down the Loir from La Flèche.

Parc Anjou Aventure – Ziplining, tree climbing and canoeing.

Anjou Navigation– River boats for rent.

Horse riding and Polo:

Les Ecuries de Baugé – Hacking and polo.

Haras des Petits Essards – Hacking and polo.

La Ferme du Tertre – Horse riding lessons and hacking.

Centre Equestre les 2 Chênes – Horse riding lessons.