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In the Pays de la Loire, Maine-et-Loire celebrates the Angevin sweetness once told by Joachim du Bellay.
In the old days Province of Anjou, Maine-et-Loire has a rich historical heritage and a wine heritage renowned throughout the world. Many experiences full of emotions and wonder await you in Anjou Loire Valley. Since the year 2, the Loire Valley has also been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under cultural landscapes. They are indeed the result of a successful alchemy between nature and man.
The essentials of the Maine-et-Loire department
During your stay in Maine-et-Loire, first of all treat yourself a cruise on the Loire. Then discover the vineyard which is none other than the largest in the Loire Valley. On the heritage side, admire the impressive Tapestry of the Apocalypse at the Château d'Angers, or the castle of Brissac and the royal abbey of Fontrevraud. Then go on a tour of the Doué-la-Fontaine Bioparc troglos and the gardens of Terra Botanica.
Remarkable natural sites
East of the department, Loire-Anjou Touraine Regional Nature Park is a natural treasure. Loire and Maine are the home of a rich biodiversity. During your stay, let yourself be seduced by a visit to the national forest of Chandelais, a walk near Saint-Nicolas pond or a getaway on Béhuard Island.
Maine-et-Loire is obviously an essential stop on the itinerary The Loire à Vélo. But other adventures await vacationers. Walks on foot and on horseback are indeed very popular in these lands steeped in history.
In Maine-et-Loire, the many castles invite you to dive into the heart of history. The castle of Angers of course, but also the sumptuous castle of Brissac. Brézé castle is certainly the most atypical of the Loire Valley châteaux. The Royal Abbey of Fontevraud is for its part a place of art and history to visit absolutely.