Pays de la Loire

Pays de la Loire

Departments:  Loire Atlantique, Maine et Loire, Mayenne, Sarthe, Vendée

This beautiful region of western France is characterized by its wild Atlantic coastline, which contrasts with rolling fertile fields, woodland and tranquil rivers inland. There are large rural areas, interspersed with urban and economic conurbations.

The rocky and sandy coastline, popular as a holiday destination, includes the Côte de Jade, named after the green colour of the sea, and the pretty islands of Noirmoutier and Yeu. Some of the coast is lined with woodland, such as the Forêt d'Olonne, and in other parts there are extensive salt marshes, popular with bird watchers.

Inland lies the historic province of Anjou; its capital, Angers, is one of the great historic cities in the Loire valley. This was the seat of the Angevines, who became the kings of England. Their châteaux, abbeys, romantic churches and manor houses attract 2.3 million tourists each year. The landscape is dominated by the Loire river and its tributaries, surrounded by a fertile plain of market gardens, orchards and vines.

Even further inland, the departments of Sarthe and Mayenne are deeply rural; this is a land of undulating fields and woodland with a rich agricultural heritage. Agriculture, fishing and food processing are important industries in Pays de la Loire, which is now the fifth wealthiest region in France, and unemployment here is relatively low. The high-speed rail link between Nantes and Paris has benefited the local economy, tourism and the property market.

This region has a temperate climate with mild winters and warm summers, though it can be wet and windy here, especially near the coast.

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Properties for sale in Pays de la Loire

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