Pays de la Loire

Welcome to the Pays de la Loire

Welcome to the Pays de la Loire

Pays de la Loire in Western France

The Pays de la Loire is one of the 13 regions of Metropolitan France.

It includes 5 departments:
Loire-Atlantique (Nantes – 44), the western side of Maine-et-Loire (Angers – 49), Mayenne (Laval – 53), Sarthe (Le Mans – 72) and Vendée (La Roche-sur-Yon – 85)

It préfecture is Nantes.

The department of Loire Atlantique corresponds to the south part of the historical Duchy of Brittany.

Nantes, the former capital of the Dukes of Brittany, therefore boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.

The department of Vendée was originally known as Bas-Poitou and was part of the historical province of Poitou, which used to be part of the Duchy of Aquitaine.

Legend has it that Eleanor of Aquitaine, the only daughter of the Duke of Aquitaine, was born in the village of Nieul-sur-l’Autise.

Eleanor married Henry Plantagenet, the future Henry II of England, and brought him the southwest of France (and more) in her dowry.

She was at the origin of the rivalry that opposed French and English for generations.

Maine-et-Loire, Mayenne and Sarthe departments were created during the French Revolution.

The first corresponds to the historical province of Anjou, the other two to sections of Anjou and the historical province of Maine.

These two provinces were the property of the powerful dynasty of the Dukes of Anjou, the descendants of Henry Plantagenet.

They were also coveted by the neighbouring Dukes of Normandy and changed hand several times during the Middle-Ages.

Pays de la Loire is therefore a region that boasts a rich history.

It spreads on both banks of the river Loire; this translates in an interesting array of landscapes and climates.

You’ll therefore find several renowned seaside resorts and vineyards in Vendée, a region that benefits from an oceanic weather,

The historical cities of Nantes, Angers and their chateaux and the city of Le Mans attract many visitors, while rural Mayenne and Sarthe are known for their beautiful landscapes.

Area: 32,082 km²
Population: 3.658,000 (2013)

Pays de la Loire - Latest content

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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