Pays de la Loire

Grande Salle des Malades in Hôpital Saint-Jean - Angers city

Angers, the former capital of the County of Anjou

The city of Angers, the former capital of the Counts and Dukes of Anjou, boasts a rich historical heritage that earned it the label City of Art and History

Ile de Noirmoutier - Entrance to the chateau de Noirmoutier

Ile de Noirmoutier – Ile aux Mimosas in the Atlantic Ocean

Ile de Noirmoutier, a small island off the coast of Vendée, named after its former abbey and known for its mild oceanic climate and rich historical heritage

Ile chauvet Abbey - Romanesque sculptures

Ile Chauvet Abbey in Bois de Céné – Vendée

The ruined Ile Chauvet Abbey was founded in 1130 by Benedictine monks who developed and exploited the surrounding salt marshes throughout the Middle Ages

Marais Breton-Vendeen

Marais Breton-Vendeen and Baie de Bourgneuf

Marais Breton-Vendeen, a natural wetland situated off the Atlantic coast, was Europe’s largest salt producer during the Middle-Ages

Old species of donkeys in the Ecomuseum Marais Vendeen

Ecomuseum Marais Vendeen, Le Daviaud – La Barre-de-Monts

Ecomuseum Marais Vendeen – Le Daviaud, a vast natural zone turned into an open-air museum to showcase the marsh of Vendee’s natural and historical heritage

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Castle of the Dukes of Brittany – Nantes – Pays de la Loire

The castle of the Dukes of Brittany is situated in Nantes, the capital of the historic Duchy of Brittany which was attached to the Kingdom of France in 1532

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Saint-Jean-de-Monts seaside resort in Vendée

Saint-Jean-de-Monts, a seaside resort on the Côte de Lumière in Vendée, renowned for its 8km long sandy beach and extensive cycle tracks

A gabare (barge) on the Loire River

Loire Valley, the Royal Valley

The Loire Valley is also known as the Royal Valley because of the many chateaux the kings of the French Renaissance and their vassals built along the river

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Angers Castle – Dukes Anjou Loire Valley

History of Angers Castle in the Loire Valley, the chateau of the Counts and Dukes of Anjou the descendants of Fulk Nerra and Louis IX’s brother Charles I

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Cycling along the Loire River

The best cycling routes along the Loire River, a series of trails that follow the river from its spring in Auvergne downwards to its mouth in the Atlantic

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Traveling to the Loire Valley from the UK

Traveling to the Loire Valley from the UK by air, sea and land is easy as the region is served by 3 airports, ferry links and railway and road networks

Loire Valley architectural styles - French Renaissance

Loire Valley architectural styles

A brief overview of the evolution of the Loire Valley architectural styles, which produced so many exceptional castles and religious buildings

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Grande Salle des Malades in Hôpital Saint-Jean - Angers city

Angers, the former capital of the County of Anjou

The city of Angers, the former capital of the Counts and Dukes of Anjou, boasts a rich historical heritage that earned it the label City of Art and History
Ile de Noirmoutier - Entrance to the chateau de Noirmoutier

Ile de Noirmoutier – Ile aux Mimosas in the Atlantic Ocean

Ile de Noirmoutier, a small island off the coast of Vendée, named after its former abbey and known for its mild oceanic climate and rich historical heritage
Ile chauvet Abbey - Romanesque sculptures

Ile Chauvet Abbey in Bois de Céné – Vendée

The ruined Ile Chauvet Abbey was founded in 1130 by Benedictine monks who developed and exploited the surrounding salt marshes throughout the Middle Ages
Marais Breton-Vendeen

Marais Breton-Vendeen and Baie de Bourgneuf

Marais Breton-Vendeen, a natural wetland situated off the Atlantic coast, was Europe’s largest salt producer during the Middle-Ages

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