A region of contrast, Pays de la Loire holds both a hugely popular stretch of coastline, which includes resorts such as les Sables d’Olonne, alongside some of the lesser known towns along the river Loire. Its culture spans from the stately elegance of its châteaux to the high octane thrills of the Le Mans 24 hour race.
In contrast to the trendy, family oriented resorts and beaches of the Vendée, the Pays de la Loire’s Mayenne area has a wonderfully ‘off the beaten track’ feel that gives intrepid visitors the chance to sidestep the crowds and explore its culture and heritage in relative peace. There’s much to discover, from the cave systems in the south to the Roman ruins in the north. The châteaux at Angers and Saumur are as majestic as their Loire Valley counterparts, and the towns are equally fascinating – Saumur is the capital of equestrian skill, and Angers has a rich cultural heritage.
With numerous walking and cycling trails that wind through unspoilt landscapes, as well as plenty of chances to enjoy good food and historic treasures, Pays de la Loire is an unassuming and thoroughly relaxing location for a holiday.