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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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-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.
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.
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.
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 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