What you need to know before traveling to Maine et Loire

Angers, the capital of Anjou, is in the region of Maine-et-Loire. Angers was once home to the Plantagenets and is still the gateway to the Loire Valley. You can visit the finest tapestry in the Château d’Angers or the city’s St. Maurice Cathedral. From Maine-et-Loire you can go to Montreuil-Bellay on the RiverThouet. This small town was a pilgrimage center for the Chappelle St. Jean. The Château de Montreuil-Bellay is from 1025. It has a fortress with 13 interlocking towers, barbicans and ramparts. Attractions in Maine-et-Loire include the moated Château du Plessis-Bourne. There is the Museum of Fine Art, the Museum of David d’Angers, the sculpture born in Angers and the Museum of Cointreau. In the Museum of Cointreau, you will learn all about the preparation and bottling of this famed wine. In Saumur, you can discover all about equestrian and the cavalry at the Calvary School and the National Equestrian School.

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