'Beautiful detours' 29.01.2017

A hundred villages and towns of France are classified as being 'worth a visit' for their character or historical interests: 'the Most Beautiful Detours of France'. Six of the recommended places to visit are in the Pays de la Loire. 

 

Between Le Mans and Angers, alongside the Loir River is the quaint town of La Flèche. It is also know for its popular Zoo de la Flèche .

Guérande is along the coast, just north west of Nantes, it is surrounded by salt marshes. The very pretty medieval centre is within 15th century ramparts.

The town of Fontenay-le-Comte used to be the capital of the Vendée at the end of the 18th century, and its most interesting buildings date from that period.

Montreuil-Bellay, near Saumur, is a pretty medieval village with a Château and elegant gardens in the centre, surrounded by vineyards.

The village of Baugé-en-Anjou has important history and heritage, its prestigious 15th century Château  was once home to Duke René of Anjou.

Château-Gontier is crossed by the River Mayenne and has elegant buildings, such as the Ursulines Convent .

 

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