28 attractions you should visit in Pays de la Loire - With photos & details

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Top 28 attractions to explore in Pays de la Loire

Pays de la Loire is one of the 18 regions of France, in the west of the mainland. The region is more diverse, and has a long coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, forming the northern part of the Bay of Biscay, within the area known as the Vendée.

Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud49590 Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, France
Churches
Tombs
Notable Architectures

The Royal Abbey of Our Lady of Fontevraud is one of the largest surviving abbeys dating from the middle ages, located in the village ofFontevraud-l'Abbaye, near Chinon, in the former French duchy of Anjou. From 1804 to 1963, the complex of monastic buildings acted as a prison. The Abbey is situated in the Loire Valley which is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Arts Museum of Nantes10 Rue Georges Clemenceau, 44000 Nantes, France
Notable Architectures
Art Galleries

The Fine Arts Museum of Nantes is one of the largest museums in the region. The museum exhibits a summary of all the main French and European art movements which includes paintings from the 13th century to modern art.

Bioparc de Doué-la-Fontaine103 Rue de Cholet, 49700 Doué-la-Fontaine, France
Zoos

The Bioparc Zoo is one of the notable zoos in france situated in the town of Doue-la Fontaine. The zoo is designed in 14 hecters of land compised of 1000 animals as members.

Brière Natural Regional Park44720 Saint-Joachim, France
Outdoors- Other

Brière Regional Natural Park is a well-preserved natural site which covers a total area of approximately 7,000 hectares. The Brière Regional Natural Park is the second largest marshland in France, containing a broad range of natural habitats.

Cathedral of Saint Julian of Le Mans2 Place Saint Michel, 72000 Le Mans, France
Churches
Iconic Buildings
Notable Architectures

Le Mans Cathedral is known for its architecture and its rich collection of stained glass and the striking bifurcating flying buttresses. Its construction was completed in the 14th century. The cathedral is dedicated to the first bishop of the town, Saint Julian of Le Mans, who founded Christianity around the beginning of the 4th century in the city.

Cathédrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers4 Rue Saint-Christophe, 49100 Angers, France
Churches
Monuments
Notable Architectures

Angers Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church that was classified as a national monument of France in 1862 for its fusion of Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles.

Château d'Angers2 Promenade du Bout du Monde, 49100 Angers, France
Iconic Buildings
Museums
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Château d'Angers is a castle converted into a museum that houses the world's oldest and largest collection of medieval tapestries. This beautiful historical monument is located in the city of Angers. It houses the world-famous collection of Tapestries of the Apocalypse.

Château de BrézéBellevigne-les-Chateaux, 20 Rue de l'Amiral Maillé Brézé, 49260 Brézé, France
Iconic Buildings
Notable Architectures

Classified as a historical monument and located in Bréz in France, the "Château de Brézé" is a beautiful castle built between the 16th and 19th centuries. The galleries running under the castle are especially unique, creating a true underground fortress that can be visited. This collection of troglodytes is home to wine cellars, wine presses, a restaurant, a silkworm farm, etc.

Château de BrissacRue Louis Moron, 49320 Brissac-Quincé, France
Iconic Buildings
Notable Architectures

Home of Duke of Brissac, Château de Brissac is the tallest castle located in historic valley Loire, France. The original castle was built in the 11th century. The Duke of Brissac later took ownership of the original medieval castle and decided to demolish the building and replace it with a new castle in the 15th century. The chateau is also open for visits and the annual Val de Loire festival is celebrated in its lavish gilded theatre.

Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary ArtPassage du Marquis de, Passage de Geoffre, 49730 Montsoreau, France
Notable Architectures
Art Galleries

The château de Montsoreau is s a Renaissance-style castle and a museum entirely dedicated to contemporary art.It located in the Loire valley, a UNESCO world heritage site.Numerous activities are coordinated during the year by the Art museum which includes temporary exhibits, conferences, and symposiums.

Château de Saumur49400 Saumur, France
Iconic Buildings
Museums
Notable Architectures

Château de Saumur is a castle-palace situated in the Saumur town of France. It was the princely palace of the Dukes of Anjou in the 14th and 15th centuries and the residence of King René. There are collections of decorative and fine arts are displayed in halls located on the first floor of the castle.

Chateau de SerrantRD 723, 49170 Saint-Georges-sur-Loire, France
Iconic Buildings
Notable Architectures

Château de Serrant is well known for its architectural beauty. The castle is the private residence of the Prince of Merode. Its interior is luxuriously decorated with antiques and paintings.

Château des ducs de Bretagne4 Place Marc Elder, 44000 Nantes, France
Iconic Buildings
Museums
Notable Architectures

The Château des ducs de Bretagne is a large castle that was the residence of the Dukes of Brittany between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries. The castle now contains the new Museum of Nantes History, located in 32 of the rooms of the palace. More than 850 items from the collections are exhibited here with the help of multimedia systems.

Château du Plessis-BourréChâteau du Plessis-Bourré, 49460 Écuillé, France
Iconic Buildings
Monuments
Notable Architectures

Château du Plessis-Bourré is a beautiful 15th-century castle surrounded by moats. In 1931, it was listed as a Monument Historique. The site was featured in many films and is one of the most visited places in the region.

Jardin des plantes de NantesRue Stanislas Baudry, 44000 Nantes, France
Parks
Notable Architectures
Fountains
Botanical Gardens

The Jardin des Plantes de Nantes is a beautiful municipal botanical garden in Pays de la Loire, France. The garden includes about 11,000 species plants and a fine collection of statues, as well as pavilions, fountains, and cascades. One of the notable feature of the garden's is its palm house and greenhouses. It contain an exceptional collection of epiphytes, including orchids of the African lowlands and Asian mountains respectively.

Jules Verne Museum3 Rue de l'Hermitage, 44100 Nantes, France
Museums

The Musée Jules Verne is a museum devoted to Jules Verne, the French writer. Inspired by his writings, the museum has a collection of artifacts, replicas of his inventions, and memorabilia.

Lac de Grand-LieuLac de Grand-Lieu, France
Lake/ River/ Ponds
Museums

One of the Local Nature Reserve, Lac de Grand-Lieu is a beautiful lake located in Nantes, France. Its access for tourists is restricted due to the lake classifiaction as protected area. A museum was built for tourists to view the lake and its ecology, as well as the past of local fishermen.

Le ChâteauLe Château, 85130 Tiffauges, France
Iconic Buildings
Notable Architectures

The château is one of the largest mediaeval monuments in France and is set over three hectares with an outer wall of 700 m and 18 towers.

Le Lieu unique2 Rue de la Biscuiterie, 44000 Nantes, France
Art Centres
Notable Architectures

The lieu unique is a contemporary cultural center located in Nantes, France. Lieu unique is a space for extraordinary artworks in different domains such as visual art, theatre, dance, circus, music, but also literature, philosophy, architecture, and digital culture.

Machines of the Isle of NantesParc des Chantiers, Boulevard Léon Bureau, 44200 Nantes, France
Notable Architectures
Art Galleries

Machines of the Isle of Nantes is an extraordinary artistic project and a must-visit tourist destination in Nanes city of France. The project is a blend of the 'invented worlds' of Jules Verne, Leonardo da Vinci's mechanical universe, and Nantes' industrial past.

Map of attractions in Pays de la Loire