Situated at the entrance of the Loire Valley, Juliomagus (magus: Gaulish market) is the capital of Anjou. Towering above the city, the fortress castle is a token of its powerful past (it was the capital of a kingdom stretching from England to Gascony in the time of the House of PlantagenÍt) and is home to one of the world's most famous traditional tapestry manufacturers: the Tenture de l'Apocalypse.
Being a university city, you will certainly enjoy the liveliness of the streets, the gastronomy, and the mild climate, which contribute to the renown of the 'douceur angevine' (sweet life of Anjou).
Discover Angers by bike By following the 'Loire ŗ Vťlo' (Loire by Bike) trail, you will be able to ride along UNESCO World Heritage listed routes and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Loire and its cultural heritage.
Visit the Anjou Wine Museum. In these ancient cellars, you will discover the history of the famous vineyards of Anjou, the third largest wine-producing region in France. Also, why not take the opportunity to escape to the hills of the small villages, where you can go on some lovely walks among the vineyards.
Saint Maurice Cathedral, overlooking Angers and dating back to the 12th century. This cathedral served as an architectural model in the west of France thanks to its so-called 'Angevin' vaults.
Taking a trip to the Lac de Maine theme park. Just a 5 minute car ride from the centre of Angers will take you to a relaxing natural setting where you can take part in many activities, such as swimming, golfing, hiking, tennis, windsurfing and canoeing.
If you don't like small towns with a historic feel and prefer big cities.
Angevin plum pie, pike-perch in a white butter sauce and Angevin rillaud (pieces of pork belly cooked in lard).
A box of Quernons d'Ardoise sweets These sweets consist of caramelised nougat with almonds and hazelnuts coated in blue chocolate, evoking the slates that cover the roofs of the houses in Angers.