Angers

  • 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 Plantagenêt) and is home to one of the world's most famous traditional tapestry manufacturers: the Tenture de l'Apocalypse. ...
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  • With nearly 350,000 inhabitants, Angers is the prefecture of the Maine-et-Loire department. It is also the largest city in western France after Nantes and Rennes.
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  • The cathedral is a display of Gothic art from Angers. It has been listed as a historical monument since 1862.
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  • It was built between 1230 and 1240 on the initiative of Saint-Louis. The Medieval enclosure with a circumference of over half a mile is made up of 17 towers.
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  • Angers is located at the heart of the Loire Valley. This city is also located at the gates to the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Park.
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  • Angers has been a historic capital, a fortified town of the Anjou region and the centre of the Plantagenêt dynasty. It is still home to significant cultural heritage today.
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  • This theme park opened in 1978 and is the best place for city folk to come relax and stroll around in a protected natural environment.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination France

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 Plantagenêt) 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).

Angers: what to do?

Discover Angers by bike By following the 'Loire à Vélo' (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.

  • Medieval architecture.
  • Numerous festivals all year round, especially the Anjou Festival in June-July, the Premiers Plans Festival and the Nov'Art, Trelazé, Tempo Rives Festivals.
  • Limited public transport in the evening.

Angers: what to visit?

Arts and culture

Activities and leisure

Reminders

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.

To avoid

If you don't like small towns with a historic feel and prefer big cities.

Angers: what to eat?

Angevin plum pie, pike-perch in a white butter sauce and Angevin rillaud (pieces of pork belly cooked in lard).

Angers: what to buy?

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.

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