Angers in the region of Western Loire and the department of Maine-et-Loire sits on the banks of the River Maine which feeds the Loire. Angers, a gateway to the Chateaux country for which the Loire Valley
is famous. There are several beautiful chateaux within easy reach of the city and many more all along the Loire Valley including the prestigious Chateau Chenonceau and Chambord with their superb ornamental gardens.
Angers has many interesting and enjoyable attractions
for you to enjoy apart from making a good base for exploring this area of France. It is a pretty and friendly place to visit and stay, with wide streets and tree lined boulevards you will want to spend some time exploring the town, browsing around the shops and strolling through the small streets close to the castle. Have refreshments at one of the many lovely cafes or a meal at one of the gastronomic restaurants, there are many old houses to be found in the town centre Angers is a pleasant place to wander around and spend some time.
This Medieval city has a castle fortress built in the 13th century by King St. Louis. The seventeen round towers of white stone and the dark Anjio schist with which the sturdy fortress was built make an imposing sight. This is where you will see one of the finest tapestries, and one of the greatest works of medieval art, the Tapestry of the Apocalypse which was woven between 1373 and 1378 for Louis 1 of Anjou. The tapestry is outstanding in detail and colour it contains scenes that portray the last book of the New Testament.
Angers impressive 12th century Cathedral of Saint Maurice, Gothic in style is another must see, note the ornate stonework above the entrance and the twin spires, the building has splendid sculptures and in the transept a magnificent stained glass window dating from the middle of the 13th century.
There are other significant churches worth visiting if you are interested and have the time to look around them here in Angers. You will find located near the cathedral the House of Adam which has beautiful wood sculptures.
Another attraction you may want to see while on holiday is the Hospital of Saint-Jean it was built in the 12th century as a hospital for the poor and contains the 20th century Le Chant du Monde tapestry which hangs in an original ward. Worth a visit is the Abbey of St. Aubon with its grand tower and sculptured arcades of the 11th and 12th centuries. Angers is also home to the orange liqueur Cointreau you can take a guided tour of the Cointreau Museum where you will learn about this famous liqueur and may get to sample it at the end of the tour!
Angers has lots of footpaths, ideal for walking enthusiasts and many kilometres of waterways to enjoy if your interests lie in that area. There are many companies offering guided kayak trips on the rivers around.
There are other visitor attractions
to see and appreciate in the city of Angers from museums, ancient buildings sculptures etc, we have touched on the most popular ones. You can enjoy visits to vineyards
and within easy reach are some chateaux. The massive Chateau de Brissac has had its own vineyard since the early 16th century. The Chateau du Plessis-Bourré has a huge moat with a working drawbridge; there are some beautiful furnished and decorated rooms to see.
Further away you may want to see the Chateaux Chambord and Chenoneau two of the best Renaissance chateaux both impressive with splendid ornamental gardens and well worth a trip.
There is a wide range of accommodation on offer including hostels and a campsite. It is recommended to pre book if you are planning a holiday
in the main summer months.