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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Claire Marine Pornic, Pays de la Loire
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Claire Marine Pornic - Pays de la Loire
Residence "Claire Marine". In the district of La Birochère, 1.3 km from the centre, 40 m from the sea, direct access to the beach. For shared use: park 3'000 m2 (fenced), parking on the premises. Grocery 800 m, restaurant 100 m, railway station 1.3 k ...more details available
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L'Estran (CHU806) Chateau D'Olonne, Pays de la Loire
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L'Estran (CHU806) Chateau D'Olonne - Pays de la Loire
Feature: Property in a holiday complex (max. 3 floor(s), 6 building(s) in total, 162 units in total). Situation: sea view. Estate (shared use): open plot, well-kept, lawn. Pool (shared use): 15.04.20-15.09.20, depending on the weather, heated. Pool ...more details available
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L'Estran (CHU805) Chateau D'Olonne, Pays de la Loire
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L'Estran (CHU805) Chateau D'Olonne - Pays de la Loire
Feature: Property in a holiday complex (max. 3 floor(s), 6 building(s) in total, 162 units in total). Situation: sea view. Estate (shared use): open plot, well-kept, lawn. Pool (shared use): 15.04.20-15.09.20, depending on the weather, heated. Pool ...more details available
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Adonis La Baule La Baule, Pays de la Loire
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Adonis La Baule La Baule - Pays de la Loire
New, modern, comfortable residence "Adonis La Baule", built in 2013. House Equipment: lift, solarium. Access & Parking: private parking. All-season motor access to the house. Situation: in the centre of La Baule, by the sea, on the beach. Surround ...more details available
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Ramoutier (IDN100) Ile De Noirmoutier, Pays de la Loire
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Ramoutier (IDN100) Ile De Noirmoutier - Pays de la Loire
Access/parking: parking on the estate. Estate (private use): approx. 380 m², closed plot, natural surroundings. Outdoor facilities(private use): terrace, further terrace 20 m² (protected from wind), furnishing provided, 2 deck chairs, barbecue. ● ...more details available
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Muse Pornic, Pays de la Loire
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Muse Pornic - Pays de la Loire
La Plaine sur Mer 8 km from Pornic: Beautiful, cosy single-family house "Muse". On the outskirts, 1 km from the centre, 800 m from the sea, in the countryside. Private: property 3'000 m2, garden (fenced) with lawn and trees, parking on the premises. ...more details available
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Les Chardons Bleus (TSM218) La Tranche Sur Mer, Pays de la Loire
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Les Chardons Bleus (TSM218) La Tranche Sur Mer - Pays de la Loire
Situation: residential area Quartier du Phare. Access/parking: 2 x parking on the estate. Estate (private use): approx. 550 m², closed plot (wall), flat, sand. Outdoor facilities(private use): terrace (roofed), terrace, furnishing provided, 4 sun ...more details available
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Petite Benetrie Pornic, Pays de la Loire
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Petite Benetrie Pornic - Pays de la Loire
Comfortable single-family house "Petite Benetrie". On the outskirts, 3 km from the centre, in a quiet position, 800 m from the sea, in a cul-de-sac. Private: property 240 m2 (fenced), parking on the premises. Shopping centre 1.8 km, bus stop 400 m, s ...more details available
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L'Auvière Pornic, Pays de la Loire
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L'Auvière Pornic - Pays de la Loire
Chauvé 12 km from Pornic: Beautiful single-family house "L'Auvière", surrounded by trees. In a hamlet, outside the resort, 4.5 km from the centre of Chauvé, in a quiet position, 15 km from the sea. Private: park 2'500 m2, swimming pool angular, secur ...more details available
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de Fontenelles (SGC211) Saint Gilles Croix De Vie Givrand, Pays de la Loire
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de Fontenelles (SGC211) Saint Gilles Croix De Vie Givrand - Pays de la Loire
Feature: Property in a holiday complex (max. 4 floor(s)). Access/parking: reserved car park in underground garage (depending on availability); parking in the holiday complex. Outdoor facilities(shared use): terrace. Pool (shared use): 15.07.20-01.09 ...more details available
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