Maine et Loire

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Maine et Loire (49)

Maine et LoireMaine-et-Loire is part of the current region of Pays-de-la-Loire and is surrounded by the departments of Ille-et-Vilaine, Mayenne, Sarthe, Indre-et-Loire, Vienne, Deux-Sèvres, Vendée, and Loire-Atlantique.  The borders of Maine-et-Loire more or less follow the frontier of the historic duchy/ province of Anjou.

The department has forested hills to the south and north, divided by the rich and fertile valley of the river Loire. Renowned for its wine, you will find plenty of vineyards in the countryside of Maine-et-Loire.

The historical towns of Angers and Saumur are overflowing with churches, castles and museums. Angers is the capital of the Maine-et-Loire. The town’s château contains a 101m medieval tapestry. Saumur, in the east of the department, is a town renowned for its sparkling wines. Today the 13thcentury Château de Saumur has been transformed into two museums: one for decorative arts; and one dedicated to horses. Saumur is also the home to the French National Riding School (École Nationale d’Équitation).

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Prefecture - Angers

Places of Interest:

Cholet - two castles: the Château Barbe Bleue and the Puy du Fou.
Angers and Saumur - historic and cultural towns

Weather in Maine-et-Loire

Nearest ports to the Maine-et-Loire


French Terminal Caen St Malo Le Havre Dieppe Cherbourg Roscoff Calais Dunkerque
Approx. journey time to Angers
2hr 20min 2hr 40min 3hr 3hr 30min 3hr 40min 4hr 05min 4hr 45min 5hr 05min

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Nearest Airports:

Airport Angers Nantes Tours Poitiers
Approx. journey time to Angers - 1hr 10min 1hr 25min 2hr



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TGV Stations in the Pays de la Loire:

Laval, Le Croisic, La Baule-Escoublac, Le Mans, Le Pouliguen, La Roche-sur Yon, Les Sables-d'Olonne, Nantes, Pornichet, Savenay, St Nazaire