This is a region of vineyards, hunting forests and limestone cliffs into which curious troglodyte dwellings have been carved, fortresses, French gardens but also chic sea side resorts on the coast.

It is also the garden of France, thanks to its mild climate.  It is a land of colorful markets.

There are superb wines to be discovered in a region with more than 100 AOCs (appellation d’origine contrôlées) and a special cheese:  Sainte Maure de Touraine, a popular crumbly goat’s cheese.



Harvest Sea Salt

“Flower of salt” is harvested in the Guérande salt marshes, late in the afternoon.  Discover how crystals form on the surface of the œillets. Witness the harvesting of this pure white salt that never touch clay.  It is carefully gathered by the salt workers using a special rake known as the lousse à fleur. The small quantity produced makes it a rare and popular product.

Visit a troglodyte Mushroom Museum

To understand more about mushrooms, and later to taste some of them, a visit to a Mushroom “Farm” in caves is a must. The amazing diversity of troglodytic cellars has allowed the Saumur region to become mushroom capital of France, especially for Paris button mushrooms of which it produces about 70%.

Take a Traditional Loire river Boat

Enjoy a lunchtime cruise on the Loire River, near Saumur.  Indulge on locally produced food, drink local wines while admiring the sweeping views of the banks of the Loire Valley.

Visit a submarine

Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea… In Saint-Nazaire you can visit a very real submarine. During her military career, the Espadon (“Swordfish”) sailed on – or rather under – the seven seas.

You will visit it from one end to the other, along the central gangway, which is quite narrow at places, and discover an exceptional maritime heritage.



5-star hotel – La Baule

This luxurious beachfront hotel is an 8-minute walk from the Casino Barrière de la Baule and 20.2 km from downtown Saint-Nazaire.
Opulent, Edwardian-style rooms come with flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. Contemporary, upgraded quarters add pull-out sofas and sea-view balconies or terraces.
There’s a gourmet restaurant with a terrace, plus a seasonal beach bistro, a snack bar and a piano bar. Other amenities include outdoor and indoor seawater pools, direct beach access, a fitness room and free bike rental.

Le Castel Marie-Louise

5-star hotel – La Baule

This upscale hotel in a Belle Epoch-era manor house is across the street from a beach along the Bay of Biscay. It’s 2 km from La Baule-Escoublac train station and 11 km from the Océarium du Croisic sea life center.

Refined rooms feature colorful, elegant decor and antique-style furnishings, plus complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Upgraded rooms add bay views and/or furnished terraces. Suites offer minibars and/or living rooms with pull-out sofas. Room service is available.
Breakfast (fee) is served in a polished gourmet restaurant offering shaded garden seating. There’s also a plush, sophisticated cocktail bar with a pub vibe.

Relais du Silence Chateau de Verrière Hotel & Spa

5-star hotel – Saumur

An 11-minute walk from the banks of the Loire river and 1.2 km from the medieval Château de Saumur, this upscale hotel occupies a stately 19th-century mansion with a grand staircase and wood-paneled walls.

The 10 ornate rooms feature high ceilings, fabric-lined walls and period decor. All are equipped with free WiFi, TVs, and tea and coffeemaking equipment, as well as minibars. Some have claw-foot baths.
A breakfast buffet (fee) is served in a vaulted dining room. There’s also an elegant oak-paneled lounge bar with a fireplace, and a seasonal terrace. The 1.6-hectare landscaped grounds include gardens and a seasonal heated outdoor pool.

Chateau des Briottières

4-star hotel – Champigné

Set in an 18th-century chateau surrounded by 50 hectares of parkland, this upscale hotel off the D190 road is 7 km from Anjou Golf and Country Club and 27 km from the theaters in the center of Angers.

Warmly decorated rooms have flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Some feature antique furnishings and/or claw-foot tubs. Plush upgraded rooms add sitting areas and minibars, and 1 adds a balcony. A 1-bedroom cabin adds a living room with a pull-out sofa. In-room massages are available for a fee.

There’s an ornate lounge with a bar, and a library, plus an outdoor heated pool and a tennis court. There’s also a game room and a play area.

La Mare aux Oiseaux

4-star hotel – Saint Joachim

In the marshland Brière natural park, this cozy, thatched-roof property with chic decor is 9.2 miles from Ranrouët Castle.

Bright, individually decorated rooms and suites feature stylish furnishings and contemporary en suite bathrooms. All have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking facilities; some have private terraces and/or free-standing granite bathtubs. A few of the rooms are in a hut on stilts.

There’s a stylish restaurant with garden views and a terrace, plus a chic lounge. A spa area includes a pool, a whirlpool and sauna.

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