Nantes is the capital of north-western region of the Pays de la Loire, just s...
A hundred villages and towns of France are classified as being 'worth a visit' for their character or historical interests: 'the Most Beautiful Detours of France'. Six of the recommended places to visit are in the Pays de la Loire.
Between Le Mans and Angers, alongside the Loir River is the quaint town of La Flèche. It is also know for its popular Zoo de la Flèche .
Guérande is along the coast, just north west of Nantes, it is surrounded by salt marshes. The very pretty medieval centre is within 15th century ramparts.
Montreuil-Bellay, near Saumur, is a pretty medieval village with a Château and elegant gardens in the centre, surrounded by vineyards.
The village of Baugé-en-Anjou has important history and heritage, its prestigious 15th century Château was once home to Duke René of Anjou.
Château-Gontier is crossed by the River Mayenne and has elegant buildings, such as the Ursulines Convent .