An Introduction to the Pays de la Loire

Pays de la Loire

The Pays de la Loire region is located in western France and is one of the more densely populated areas of the country.

With lots of towns and villages, there are plenty of attractions and amenities for visitors, making it a popular holiday destination. For those who enjoy holidaying in a gite Pays de la Loire has an abundance of gites and there is accommodation for all budgets and tastes.

The historical city of Nantes is the capital of the Pays de la Loire and is a popular day-trip destination. Narrow, winding medieval streets provide shade from the summer sun and the banks of the River Loire, which runs through the city, provide a pleasant setting for al fresco dining and people-watching.

The fantastic Talensac market is a great place to stock up on provisions. If you fancy a self-catering holiday in a gite Pays de la Loire is known for its varied accommodation. The countryside around Nantes makes a great base for your holiday as it allows for a rural break with the attractions of the city within easy reach.

Nearby La Baule is another popular tourist town with a spectacular beach and an array of good restaurants, cafes and casinos. The city of Angers is another of the major conurbations of the Pays de la Loire region and is best-known for its huge castle. The castle is a must-see for anyone visiting Angers. The moat is now dry and is home to a herd of deer, making for some great photo opportunities. There are numerous tapestries on display inside the castle and the building has a beautiful setting in the old part of the town.

Angers is a picturesque city with many half-timbered buildings still standing on the narrow medieval streets. The surrounding countryside is also home to some of the finest chateaux in the Loire region. Much of the rural parts of the region are given over to vineyards and farmland. The vineyards in this part of France are well-regarded and most welcome visitors for tastings and tours.

The historical town of Ancenis, with a history stretching back beyond the Middle Ages, is a famous wine centre and the surrounding countryside is full of wine villages and vineyards. There are plenty of places to stock up on the best vintages to take home with you. Prices are considerably lower than at home so it's possible to make huge savings.