An introduction to the region of Pays de la Loire

The region of France known as the Pays de La Loire stretches inland from the Atlantic Coast above La Rochelle as far as Le Mans and the neighbouring region of the Loire Valley. It is between southern Brittany and the Poitou Charentes and has many cultural similarities between both Brittany and the Loire Valley.

The main cities in the region are Saumur, Le Mans, Angers, Laval and Nantes which is known as the home of Muscadet wine. Walled towns such as Guerande offer a step back in time with their charming half-timbered houses. The area includes vineyards, farmland and many historic abbeys and castles. The troglodyte cave dwellings at Rochemenier near Saumur are some of the largest in the area and tours include a cave farm and an underground chapel.

The coast is divided by the Loire estuary into the Jade Coast to the south with excellent coastal walks, and the Cote d’Amour to the north with its charming harbour towns of Le Croisic and Batz-sur-Mer.

Things to do and places to see

The Pays de Loire offers a wide range of activities, from the Grand Prix motor racing events at Le Mans to the fairytale chateaux along the Loire. The forests and river valleys around your Pays de la Loire holiday rental are ideal for exploring on foot, by bicycle, on horseback or by canoe.

Visit the beaches and resorts in the Vendée area, the island of Noirmoutier reached by a bridge, or take a boat trip along the Loire to admire the small towns, churches, castles and gardens.

Most visitors will want to visit some of the grand chateaux such as the impressive Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne in Nantes, near the Fine Arts Museum. The Chateau d’Angers is a huge fortress dating back to the 9th century with 17 towers and a moat.

The Old Town of Le Mans was the home of the Plantagenet kings and has an impressive cathedral and a magnificent abbey built by Richard the Lionheart.

Making the most of your holiday in Pays de la Loire

This area has a mild climate with beautiful sunny days and daytime highs above 18C (65F) from late April until early October. It is also a great area to visit in December for stocking up on Christmas food and drink or visiting the Christmas markets.

Local foods include duck, venison, wild boar and pikeperch served with a delicious beurre-blanc sauce. Prix-fixe menus provide good value lunches and dinner is usually eaten between 7 and 8pm – no early-birds here!

Travel to Gites in Pays de la Loire

Gites in Pays de la Loire are served by two regional airports: one in Nantes which connects through Paris and the other at La Rochelle which is served by Ryanair. A hire car will be required for exploring this beautiful area.

Ferry crossings to St Malo will require a three hour drive to the Pays de la Loire, a distance of around 180km.

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 Pornic, Pays de la Loire
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 Pornic - Pays de la Loire
7-room villa, rustic and cosy furnishings: living/dining room with TV (flat screen), DVD. Exit to the garden. 1 small room with 1 bed (90 cm, length 190 cm). 1 room with 1 double bed (1 x 140 cm, length 190 cm). Kitchen (4 hot plates, oven, dishwashe ...more details available
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 Pornic, Pays de la Loire
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 Pornic - Pays de la Loire
4-room villa 110 m2 on 2 levels, fully renovated, comfortable and stylish furnishings: living/dining room with flat screen and DVD. Exit to the garden. Large kitchen (5 hot plates, oven, dishwasher, microwave, freezer, electric coffee machine) with d ...more details available
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Le Luma Jard Sur Mer, Pays de la Loire
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Le Luma Jard Sur Mer - Pays de la Loire
4-room house, comfortable furnishings: large living/dining room with 1 bed (110 cm), dining table, TV and DVD. 1 room with 1 double bed. Exit to the terrace. 1 room with 1 double bed. Kitchen (4 hot plates, oven, dishwasher, microwave). Shower, sep. ...more details available
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L'Amandine Les Sables D'Olonne, Pays de la Loire
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L'Amandine Les Sables D'Olonne - Pays de la Loire
3-room house 65 m2, simple and comfortable furnishings: living/dining room with dining nook and TV. 1 room with 1 double bed. 1 room with 1 bed (90 cm), 1 x 2 bunk beds. Open kitchen (oven, dishwasher, X ceramic glass hob hotplates, microwave, electr ...more details available
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 Le Grand Bornand, Pays de la Loire
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 Le Grand Bornand - Pays de la Loire
3-room house 50 m2 on 2 levels: living room with 1 sofabed (90 cm), 1 double sofabed (140 cm), satellite TV, flat screen and hi-fi system. Exit to the garden. Kitchen-/living room 20 m2 (4 hot plates, oven, dishwasher, 4 ceramic glass hob hotplates, ...more details available
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Les Grands Rochers Les Sables D'Olonne, Pays de la Loire
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Les Grands Rochers Les Sables D'Olonne - Pays de la Loire
1-room studio 27 m2: living/dining room with 1 double sofabed and 1 x 2 bunk beds, dining nook. Kitchenette (dishwasher, 2 ceramic glass hob hotplates, microwave, electric coffee machine). Bath/WC. Electric heating. 1 pet/ dog allowed. ...more details available
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Les Grands Rochers Les Sables D'Olonne, Pays de la Loire
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Les Grands Rochers Les Sables D'Olonne - Pays de la Loire
1-room studio 27 m2: living/dining room with 1 double sofabed and 1 x 2 bunk beds, dining nook. Kitchenette (dishwasher, 2 ceramic glass hob hotplates, microwave, electric coffee machine). Bath/WC. Electric heating. 1 pet/ dog allowed. ...more details available
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Salut l'Artiste Les Sables D'Olonne, Pays de la Loire
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Salut l'Artiste Les Sables D'Olonne - Pays de la Loire
Stylishly decorated and furnished throughout, the house is both comfortable and well equipped. On the ground floor is a large living room with lounge area with sofas and a TV and a dining area. This room leads to the sunny conservatory with more comf ...more details available
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 Pornic, Pays de la Loire
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 Pornic - Pays de la Loire
4-room house 120 m2 on 3 levels: living room with open-hearth fireplace and TV. 1 room with 2 beds (90 cm). 1 room with 1 double bed (140 cm). Kitchen (4 hot plates, oven, dishwasher). Shower, sep. WC. Oil heating. On the lower ground floor: shower. ...more details available
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 Pornic, Pays de la Loire
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 Pornic - Pays de la Loire
3-room house 120 m2, spacious, comfortable furnishings: large living/dining room with flat screen and DVD. Exit to the garden. Interconnecting room with veranda with 1 double sofabed. 1 room with 1 double bed (160 cm, length 200 cm). 1 room, window o ...more details available
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