Pays de la Loire France Travel Guide


Pays de la Loire Travel Guide
A Vagabond Life

Pays de la Loire France Travel Guide - A Vagabond Life

Pays de la Loire, a picturesque region in western France, unfolds as a tapestry of France’s quintessential charms, from its majestic Loire Valley châteaux to its expansive, verdant vineyards, and a stunning Atlantic coastline that whispers the call of the sea. This region, rich in history and natural beauty, offers a journey through time, where the Renaissance airs mingle with modern-day vibrancy.

Venture into the heart of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and marvel at the architectural grandeur of châteaux like Chambord and Chenonceau, set against landscapes that have inspired poets and painters for centuries. The region’s cities, such as Nantes and Angers, pulse with cultural life and creativity, hosting festivals and exhibitions that showcase the innovative spirit of the Pays de la Loire.

The region’s culinary landscape is just as diverse and inviting, with local specialties that pair perfectly with the world-renowned wines of the Loire Valley. Pays de la Loire invites travelers to discover a blend of natural beauty, historical richness, and gastronomic delights, making it a must-visit destination in France.

Pays de la Loire France Table of Contents

Pays de la Loire France Map

Top 5 Things To See & Do In Pays de la Loire

Nantes
Nantes is the regions capital and sits on the banks of the Loire River and has many historic sites such as the Gothic Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, the Château des ducs de Bretagne, and the magnificent fine arts museum the Musée des Beaux-Arts.
Angers
Angers Is an historic city, with one of the biggest and finest mediaeval churches in France the Cathédrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers.
Guérande
Guérande is a small walled city, with a historic centre that is just inland from the coast, to the north of the Loire.
Loire River
The Loire River: The mighty Loire River is one of Europe’s great rivers. Explore the pretty villages and towns on its banks.
Les Sables d'Olonne
Les Sables d'Olonne: One of the most famous seaside resorts on the west coast. The Vendée Globe round-the-world yacht race starts here.

Things To See & Do In Pays de la Loire France

Nantes – Pays de la Loire France

The capital of Pays de la Loire France, Nantes sits on the banks of the Loire River. Nantes has a very long history with numerous rulers over the centuries including the Gauls, the Romans and the Bretons, it finally came under French rule in 1532. Nantes was the capital of the slave trade in France in the 18th century which made the port the largest in France and the city a very wealthy city. It is reputed that in the 18th to 19th centuries, ships from Nantes transported more than 550,000 slaves to the colonies in the West Indies, Brazil and North America, Reunion and Mauritius. One can visit the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes. The city has an interesting historic centre which includes; the Château des Ducs de Bretagne, a spectacular castle built between the 13th and 16th that was the residence of the Dukes of Brittany and today houses the History Museum of Nantes. The Gothic Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, the construction of which began in 1434 and it took around 450 years to complete.  Inside the cathedral is the ornate tomb of Francis II, Duke of Brittany. The Fine Arts Museum or Musée des Beaux-Arts de which is housed in the Palais des Beaux-Arts.

The Loire River – Pays de la Loire France

The Loire River is one of Europe’s great rivers. It is bordered by many beautiful small towns and villages, and the flat land is good for cycling. The Loire Valley and has been declared a World Heritage for Humanity Site by UNESCO, which described it as a cultural landscape of exceptional beauty.

Angers – Pays de la Loire France

Angers in the Pays de la Loire was for many centenaries an important stronghold in northwestern France. It is the birth place of the Plantagenet dynasty and was during the 15th century one of the intellectual centres of Europe. Angers has a number of half timbered houses including Maison d’Adam, the  Cathédrale Saint-Maurice d’Angers a large 12th century church and the Château d’Angers built by Louis IX.

Laval – Pays de la Loire France

Laval is an old city with some interesting and unusual monuments including the Lactopole, a museum of the milk, cheese and dairy industry.

Les Sables d’Olonne – Pays de la Loire France

Les Sables d’Olonne: One of the most famous seaside resorts on the west coast.

The Vendée Globe – Pays de la Loire France

The Vendée Globe  round-the-world yacht race starts here. Guérande is a small walled city; with a historic centre it lies just inland from the coast.

Auvergne-Rhone-Alps

Auvergne-Rhone-Alps Travel Guide.

Centre Val De Loire

Centre-Val-de-Loire Travel Guide.

Haute – de – France

Haute-de-France Travel Guide.

Nouvelle – Aquitaine

Nouvelle – Aquitaine Travel Guide.

Provence-Alps_Cote D'Azur

Provence Travel Guide.

Brittany

Brittany (Bretagne) Travel Guide.

Corsica

Corsica Travel Guide.

Ile – de – France

Ile – de – France Travel Guide.

Occitane

Occitane Travel Guide.

Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Travel Guide.

Grand Est

Grand-Est Travel Guide.

Normandy

Normandy Travel Guide.

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Pays-de-la-Loire Travel Guide.

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