Tourist Attractions of Pays-de-la-Loire

Information on the main tourist attractions, places of interest and sights to see in Pays-de-la-Loire...

There is plenty to explore in the region, including the stretches of sandy beaches, riverside chateaux, original cuisine and the world-famous Le Mans car race.

Beaches

Loire Atlantique's has 68km of sandy beaches and dunes. The windswept coastline is perfect for windsurfers and kite surfers as well as nature lovers who can find wild birds and foliage in the sandy dunes.

Châteaux

Both the Pays-de-la-Loire and the Val-de-Loire are famous for their renaissance chateaux that line the river Loire and its tributaries. Many of the châteaux have been restored to their former regal glory and the gardens, many museums in themselves, have lent the area the name "The Garden of France".

Food and Drink

Each region of France has its own speciality and the Pays-de-la-Loire is no different. With the famous towns of Sancerre, Saumur and Chinon this region produces predominantly white wines but the fertile soil of the Garden of France also makes some good red and rosé wines.

The fresh fish and shellfish influence the costal cuisine, typical specialities are oyster and mussel dishes (particularly moules marinèrs). Further inland fish is still popular with freshwater varieties such as salmon and trout being most common. Rillettes is another local dish: a paté of pork, duck or goose cooked in lard. Crottin de Chavignol is a well-known goats' cheese produced in the region.

Le Mans

Each third weekend in June this historic town - home to the greatest Gallo-Roman walls in France and Gothic Cathedral St-Julien - turns into one of the world's greatest sports car endurance race. The Le Mans 24 Hours is held at the Sarthe track and the winner is the car which has covered the greatest distance in 24 hours. Each team is allowed three drivers.