Chosen as the first French city where it is good to live, Angers and surroundings really have it all.
Starting visiting the city with a famous hot spot, Château d'Angers is well-known all other the world for its medieval Apocalypse Tapestry. A guided tour is possible to get more info about this masterpiece.
When you arrive, please take the time to explore remarkable plants and flowers drawn by landscape gardeners.
I suggest you to have a look on top of the castle as it offers an amazing view on the city.
As I told you just above, Apocalypse Tapestry is something impressive I recommend you to see. It is considered as priceless because it represents the unique and biggest work known today in the world.
During your visit, you can discover vineyards; vegetable and aromatic gardens and even beehive!
Place du Ralliement is the heart of the city and the meeting place of locals. From this point, you can admire the fantastic Theatre monument.
Jardin du Mail looks pretty, maintained with various flowers. Ideal for a picnic lunch.
I continued exploring the city thanks to few hinking paths.
The first one lasted 45 minutes and took me from Quai du Roi de Pologne to Prieuré de l'Esvière remains, by way of Promenade Jean Turc along the Castle, Promenade du Bout du Monde and Eglise Saint Laud. Promenade du Bout du Monde is worth the visit as it offers a wonderful view on Rivière La Maine.
The second path took me from Jardin du Musée des Beaux Arts to Château d'Angers for a 30 minute walk.
I suggest you to make a stop at Logis Barrault with its charming slate and tuffeau stones.
On the way, what is good to see is Tour Saint Aubin, built in XII century. Its tower was used as an observation tower, then as meteorological observation and today the ground floor proposes an art gallery.
Collegiate Church of Saint Martin was one of the next site during the walk and Place Saint Croix was the spot I enjoyed more thanks to its Adam House built in around 1500.
Time now to advise you to spend a full day in Terra Botanica. Famous theme park based on vegetable and plant life is really worth the visit! If you have children, do not hesitate to visit the park with them because this place is perfect for everyone! I was totally impressed by the diversity and scenery. Luckily, I just came before they closed the park for winter and I saw plenty of pumpkins for Automn Festival. Terra Botanica, it is around 275.000 species of plants from all other the world. We can find activities like short movies explaining specificities about the region; learn more about vegetables and stones as local produce by boat; exploring some of the countless roses present in the garden and its history...
In few word, the perfect illustration to understand our environment...
Roaming on the streets during an afternoon, I came accross a good address where I loved the concept. Let's meet at Le comptoir des livres, Rue Saint Maurille. This is the literary person place for excellence! The owner is very nice, space not too big. It really looks cozy and you can easily grab a book on the shelving units siping a drink. Background music is not loud so you can easily study as you want. You can also have Lunch there and it is value for money.
October was pretty good this year, I made the most of it to discover Angers surroundings and I admit that there is so much beautiful spots in the region! Let me show you some breathtaking views and places from South of Angers, along the Loire River...
Starting presenting one of my favourite castle, Château de Brissac, known as "the French tallest castle". This surprising monument combines two different styles of architecture. Built on the XVII century on the remains of a medieval fortification, its facade reflects rigour and preciosity from Renaissance and Baroque styles. The visit of the castle is automatically with a guide.
Château de Serrant in the South West of Angers, around 20 minutes drive is a place to visit. It was home of different architects. For example, garden which initially looked like French garden got a new style when castle were bought by an Irish family. Serrant Castle was considered as a strategic position between Angers and Nantes.
Plessis Bourré Castle had something special with the particularity that it was built by his owner. Jean Bourré did not like city and was looking for a peaceful place that is why this castle is nestled in the middle of nowhere. He loved nature and hunting so the location was ideal.
Doué la Fontaine Wildlife Park really has it all! Just come and admire rock construction... This zoo is the second favourite wildlife park selected by French people and team really takes care about animals trying to adapt the area at best compared to the animals natural habitat. That is why this place is reputed being a troglodytic wildlife park.
Have a look to Saumur city for its impressive monuments and architecture.
My trip took me to Souzay Champigny, one of the plentiful troglodytic village of the region. The place was impressive! The view on the Loire River is remarkable too. On my way, I saw Château de Marguerite d'Anjou, Roi René's daughter.
I hit the road to Château de Montsoreau before going back to Angers. Scenery was spectacular with bucolic flowers around the castle and Loire River. Castle was bought more last year and the monument is now home of modern art gallery. I thought that it was a shame because only one room was related to the castle and its history and price is the same compared to other castles in the region. No guide for your visit but reception desk can tell you some words about the castle if you want.