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Angers

 

Charming buildings, fine cuisine, renowned vineyards, festivals and monuments, and inspired parks and gardens... A “Ville d’Art et d’Histoire”, Angers surprises visitors with its dynamic atmosphere, rich heritage and quality of life. Fall under the spell of the town’s historic centre and take a stroll through the old town to admire the magnificent view of the Maine river from the castle. This imposing fortress flanked by 17 impressive towers is home to the famous Apocalypse tapestry. Next, head to the La Doutre district, which has a lively student feel, where you’ll be enchanted by the area’s half-timbered buildings, private town houses, typical Angevin properties with light tufa façades and numerous splashes of greenery. Other fascinating sights include the Collégiale Saint-Martin, the oldest church in Angers, the Musée des Beaux-Arts, as well as the Jean Lurçat and Cointreau museums and the Le Quai theatre. And for an original exploration of the plant world, don’t miss the Terra Botanica, the largest vegetable garden in Europe, which is not far from Angers and which offers a unique experience for all the family. Lastly, why not take a bike ride along the 40km “La Loire à Vélo” route which runs through the town?


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Château de Serrant

 

Serrant is home to a magnificent castle which is emblematic of Renaissance-style architecture. Its exterior boasts a schist and tufa façade, two towers crowned with domes and an imposing moat. The interior is just as attractive, with kitchens which look ready to spring back to life, a beautiful staircase with a sculpted ceiling, a well-stocked library with some 12,000 volumes, tapestries and works of art – this, the westernmost of the castles of the Loire, certainly lives up to its promises. Add to this one of the finest collections of furniture in France, including a famous Henri IV ebony cabinet, and you won’t be disappointed. The castle organises themed visits which are particularly informative, as well as night-time visits which highlight the elegance of the château, and other events and activities. In other words, there’s everything you need here for an enjoyable visit full of historic interest.


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Trélazé, slate capital

 

The city of blue gold welcomes its visitors with open arms! Explore the city’s industrial heritage and unique landscapes which are the result of slate quarrying in the region. Slate was first quarried here in the 15C and the industry continues today, producing a small quantity of slate which enjoys a worldwide reputation. Trélazé is home to typical and yet unusual landscapes of quarries, pit-head frames, mounds and workers’ houses – scenery which is natural, wild and man-made all at the same time and which can be explored on bike by following the “La Loire à Vélo” cycle route. This welcoming city is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can discover the Musée de l'Ardoise (Slate Museum) which provides information on 800 years of techniques of schist quarrying, explore the slate quarries themselves, and take a relaxing stroll through the Parc du Vissoir. Don’t miss the Estival festival with its many shows and concerts, including classical, jazz and French popular music, world music and comedy.


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Camifolia, a recreational and informative park

 

In Chemillé, the cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants is a traditional activity which dates back centuries. An initiative which is both recreational and informative, Camifolia appeals to children and adults alike. The site can be visited independently or on a guided tour, and offers various activities, as well as scientific and cultural events in its Foirail-Camifolia theatre. Don’t miss the botanic garden, magic pharmacy, scented garden, Mediterranean greenhouse, romantic garden, sensorial route, terraced gardens and the “medicinal men” sculpted by Jean-Marc Bourrasseau. Camifolia is home to more than 400 species of plant with extraordinary properties, including medicinal, aromatic and scented plants, as well as those used for dyeing and beauty products. In perfect harmony with its surrounding landscape, the Maison de Camifolia houses an interactive exhibition hall, reception rooms and a relaxation area.


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