Western Loire Quick Facts:

  • This recently-created region is made of bits of other regions.  The name translates to “Lands along the Loire River”.
  • Le Mans’ famed 24 hour car race started in 1923, was suspended from 1939 until 1949, when it resumed.
  • Cointreau is produced just outside the city of Angers, site of many black slate roofs, earning it the nickname “La Ville Noir” – Black City.
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Art and Culture in the Western Loire

Brissac Quince

Chateau de Brissac

Continuous residence of the family of the Dukes of Brissac since 1502, this château is built on seven levels and rises higher than any of the royal châteaux.

 Brissac

Cosse-Le-Vivien

Musee Robert Tatin (Robert Tatin Museum)

Fantastic architecture created by Robert Tatin (1902-1983). Paintings, designs, ceramics testify to this artist's diverse creativity.

 Loire Museum

Fontevraud

Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud (Fontevraud Royal Abbey)

Extending over nearly 37 acres, the 12th-century Fontevraud Abbey is the largest monastery in the western world. Recumbent tomb figures of the Plantagenets, the counts of Anjou and the kings of England.

 Fontevraud

 

Laval

Vieux Chateau

Musee d'Art Naif (Museum of Naïve Art)

Behind the Renaissance façade of the old castle, you will find approximately 450 works by French and foreign artists and a reconstruction of the famous Douanier Rousseaus studio.

Laval France

Le Mans

Old City & Cathedral

This vast and impressive Gothic cathedral is located in the largest and most charming medieval old city in France ringed by walls dating from the later Roman Empire.

Musee Automobile de la Sarthe (Automobile Museum of Sarthe)

Circuit des 24 Heures

An outstanding collection of vintage and modern automobiles adjacent to the famous track of the 24-Hour Race of Le Mans


Old City

 

Le Mans Racing

 

Les Epesses

Le Puy du Fou: Cinescenie & Grand Parc

Grandiose sound and light show emphasizing the region's history during the Vendéen wars. 75-acre historical and ecological theme park.

 
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Le Lude Chateau

The only chateau in France uniting three architectural styles: medieval fortress, Italian Renaissance and French Classicism.

 
French Castle

 

Louresse-Rochemenier

Village Troglodytique

One of the most interesting of the region's cave (or "troglodyte") villages: a couple of farms cut into the rock, an underground chapel and a modernized troglodyte house


 Troglodytes

 

Malicorne

Faienceries d'Art

Malicorne is famous for its artistic porcelain. Its potters produce mainly faience ware, particularly reproduction period pieces.

Art Table

 

Nantes

Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne(Castle of the Dukes of Brittany)

Dating back to the 9th century, this chateau was once the seat of the Dukes of Brittany.

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Saint-Sulpice Le Verdon

Le Logis de la la Chabotterie

The fortified Chabotterie manor house takes you from room to room through a historic tour of the Vendéen wars.

 Manor in France

 

Saumur

Chateau de Saumur (Saumur Château)

This delightful 14th-century château houses two fine museums: the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Musée du Cheval, devoted to the history of the horse.

  Medivial Castle

Region Highlights - Gastronomy, Sports and Leisure, Art & Culture, Pays De La Loire Hotels, and Directions to the Western Loire.

For additional information, please visit the Western Loire website.