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Discovery of Loire Valley and Anjou



Loire Valley and the Anjou region

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The Loire castles

By the banks of the river are the city of Orléans, Blois, Amboise, Tours and slightly on the side of the river, on the Maine, Saumur and Angers. There are also a few castles along the Loire, namely the castle of Sully-sur-Loire, Blois, Chaumont-sur-Loire, Amboise, Saumur, while others are situated further away from the river, often by tributaries, such as Chambord near the Cosson, Chenonceau on the Cher, Azay-le-Rideau on the Indre or Chinon in the Vienne Valley.

The Val de Loire, as registered in the UNESCO world list, refers to the part of the Loire Valley located between Sully-sur-Loire (in the Loiret) and Chalonnes-sur-Loire (in Maine et Loire). It is exceptionnal in its diverse flora and fauna, as well as rich in history and culture (parks, castles and cities).

Regional gastronomy

Not far from the manor are several gastronomic restaurants such as the "Château de Noirieux" in Briollay, the "Salamandre" in Angers, the "Prieuré" in Chenehutte. They complement the region's richness, with Loire fish such as pike, eels, salmon or walleye on a bed of "beurre blanc" delicately seasoned with Mazé shallots.

Duck, chicken, turkey and game are prepared delicately in keeping with their high quality. More typical however are "rillauds" and "gogues" coming from pork, "fouace" (traditionnal bread similar to focaccia) and "galipettes" (stuffed mushrooms) that are the focal point of numerous town festivals from June to September.

Sightseeing in Anjou

With more than 300 sites and monuments open to the public, the Anjou region has plenty to offer, like the city of Angers and its castle, the Jean Lurçat museum, the zoo of Doué La Fontaine, the Brissac castle, the Fontevraud Abbey and the cave houses of Louresse-Rochemenier to only name few.

Regional events

24 hours of Le Mans, The World Championships for 7 year old horses, Festival 1er plan, The Anjou Festival (theatre)