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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Sports and Leisure in the Western Loire

sea and river fun in western loireSea, River and Canal pleasures: Lunch and dinner cruises on the Erdre river, north of Nantes. Canoeing or Barging on the rivers Mayenne, Sarthe and Oudon through the Anjou and Maine regions. Sea kayaking around Noirmoutier island. Sailing at Les Sables d'Olonne, which is also the biggest bathing resort in the Vendee region.

biking and hikingBiking, hiking and the great outdoors: Beachcombing on the 20 fine sand beaches. Horseback riding throughout the region at one of many equestrian centers. Five -to twelve- day biking excursions throughout the Western Loire region.

western loire golfGolf: Western Loire boasts a growing number of very scenic golf courses. Choose from a wide selection of twenty-six excellent 18-hole courses, including ones in La Baule, La Bretesche, Cholet,Sablé-surSarthe, and Saint Jean-de-Monts...

spas in la bauleSpa/Thalassotherapy: Seawater therapy at La Baule (2), Pornichet, St Jean-de-Monts, Pornic and Les Sables d'Olonne.

ballooning in loireBallooning and helicopter trips: Hot air ballooning, especially in the Anjou region.

Helicopters : overflights of the Ile d’Yeu, the bay of La Baule, the Guérande peninsula and its marshlands.

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