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Pays de la Loire Holidays

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Lots of holiday and leisure fun in the Loire

The Pays de la Loire invites you to discover the many delights of this part of France.
Miles of golden beaches, beautiful chateaux, medieval abbeys, enchanting villages, colourful markets and the warmest welcome you'll find in this most hospitable country.
There's so much to do and discover, how can you find out what, where and when? Relax, we've done the hard work for you.
Enjoy reading the information we have collected in our Holidays and Leisure section.
We'll see you soon, here in the Loire....

Finding that dream home in the Pays de la Loire

If you're hoping to find the ideal property to suit your needs in the Pays de la Loire then you've certainly found the right place to look.
Large stone farmhouse, second house and pigeonnierWe have gathered information from selected estage agents in the region in our comprehensive search section . You are sure to find something of interest with FrenchEntrée Loire.
Don't forget our Property Guide for further information on buying a home in this wonderful part of France.
You will also find lots of essential information throughout our site to help you every step of the way.

Find a property for sale in the Pays de la Loire

Please visit Pays de la Loire property for sale to find a new home in this beautiful part of France.

Buy British

There's no need to cross the Channel to fill up on your favourite foods from the UK.
france pays de la loire british shop chateaubriant avril You can find anything from HP Sauce to freshly baked scones right here.
FrenchEntrée Loire has been shopping and here are our top tips for PG Tips in the Pays de la Loire.

Travelling to and around the Pays de la Loire

Essential flight, rail and road information TER trainYou can choose from a great range of options when deciding how to reach the Pays de la Loire. Distance is no object...

A wet and wild weekend in Nantes

View of NantesIf Nantes is known for one thing nowadays, it’s the giant mechanical elephant that that since 2007 has roamed the old shipyard on one of its remaining islands. Previously, the same city was better known as ‘the Venice of the West’. Find out why...

Thermal spa break booked?

SpaNot everyone knows what it’s like to make travel arrangements for people with physical or mental disabilities. Box-On-Line is trying to help make travel preparation easier for members of France Parkinson Le MANS (Sarthe). more...

Cycling Holidays in the Loire Valley

Best way to see the sites Cycling holidays in the Pays de la LoireAt a time when saving our health and saving the planet is always news, participating in a cycling holiday has the ability to make you feel quite smug – a great holiday all under your own steam... peddle through history...

Outdoor activities in the Pays de la Loire

Golf, fishing, cycling and so much more france pays de la loire golf tees round birdie club clubsThe Pays de la Loire is the perfect place for fans of outdoor pursuits. Good weather and fabulous facilities draw fans of golf, fishing, cycling, horseriding and more every year. Find out why with FrenchEntrée Loire... welcomed like VIPs...

Water activities in the Pays de la Loire

Messing about in the cool, clear French waters Fun on the water off the Pays de la Loire coastTake to the water to make the most of the Loire's magnificent coastline, rivers, canals and lakes.
Burn up some energy on a surfboard, enjoy the exhilaration of a jetski, explore peacefully with canoe-kayaking, catch that big one deep sea fishing, or take it easy and let the chateaux pass you by on a relaxing canalboat... the Valley of the Kings...

Chateau Accommodation

Bed and Breakfast in a Chateau or Historic House Chateau de Monhoudou
Many people dream of staying in a French chateau. Now, that dream could become a reality. Many chateau hotels and B&Bs in western France provide a fantastic opportunity for guests to experience life in a chateau...B&B in a chateau

Touring the Loire's ports and islands

Set sail on a voyage of discovery france pays de la loire ports islands st nazaire qm2 shipYachting in the Pays de la Loire is superb. Should you wish to anchor your boat, there are many lovely ports that become lively during the summer season. Or, you may wish to hire a boat, with or without a skipper, and set sail. so much to sea...

Beach guide to the Pays de la Loire

Enjoy the Atlantic coast La Baule beachEurope's most beautiful beach is right here in the Pays de la Loire. You'll also find fantastic facilities for children and fans of all kinds of watersports on the coast of this fabulous part of France. the Coast of Love...

Head to the markets of the Pays de la Loire

Enjoy shopping French-style france pays de la loire st saint nazaire market 44 atlantiqueExperience the delights of the Loire's food and drink by visiting one of our local markets. Colourful, fragrant, quirky and fresh - you'll find so much to choose from. Here is our comprehensive guide to regular markets in the Pays de la Loire. More...

Cities and villages in the Pays de la Loire

Surrounded by history france pays de la loire angers fortress castle 49 maineYou'll find cities and villages in the Loire offering a cosmopolitan atmosphere and a vibrant cultural scene, but always warm and welcoming.
Historic buildings surround you along with excellent bars, restaurants, shopping and more...
medieval jewel comes alive...

Take a walk around beautiful Le Puy Notre Dame

Enjoy a stroll in the picturesque medieval town france pays de la loire le puy notre dame saumur villageThe village of Le Puy Notre Dame, near Saumur, is a popular destination for many visitors to the Loire. Here, nearby British resident and gite owner Sheila Barcroft takes us for a walk along its picturesque streets. The pleasantries in France are a delight...

Fontevraud is a jewel in the Pays de le Loire

Stunning medieval town is a must-see france pays de la loire fontevraud saumur maine teresaThe beautiful town of Fontevraud, near Saumur, has been popular with visitors to the Loire for many years. Writer and local resident Teresa Dolan takes us on a tour. so much to see...

Angela Bird's Vendee

Writer talks about her popular guide books france pays de la loire vendee angela bird book guideNo English writer is more associated with the Vendee than Angela Bird. With thousands of copies of her guide books sold and almost 40 years of experience living in the area, it’s no surprise the journalist has become synonymous with the region. helping visitors...

Birdwatching in the Pays de la Loire

Wildlife sights to look out for honey buzzard bird watching loire wildlife pays de laMost British birders drive fast through the region in order to reach somewhere else - like the Camargue. This is a great pity as there are birds galore in the Pays de la Loire. so much variety to enjoy...

Fascinating story of Loire told in museums

Rich heritage to enjoy france pays de la loire tourist museums blockhouse warNo matter where you are in the Pays de la Loire, you're never too far from a museum.
Fascinating exhibits and displays tell the story of this region's rich heritage. From its military history to industrial strength, you will learn and enjoy more about the Loire's past... Centuries of Loire to explore...

Main Tourist Information Offices in the Loire

Assistance for travellers throughout the region Visitors to the Pays de la Loire can benefit from an extensive network of Tourist Information Offices. Main outlets, like those listed here, offer travellers a wide range of support services and advice. Smaller Tourist Offices can also be found, although services and opening hours may be restricted. helpful and friendly advice...

Bridge holidays in the Loire

Gite owner plays his cards right france pays de la loire nick bridge chateaubriant holidayFANS of the card game Bridge can combine their favourite hobby with a fabulous French holiday thanks to an English couple and their stunning holiday accommodation in the Pays de la Loire... perfect for non-players too...

Parks and Gardens of the Pays de la Loire

Enjoying the green spaces Parc Oriental in the Pays de la LoireFrom the gardens of the magnificent Loire chateaux to the largest Japanese garden in Europe to nature reserves, there's a variety of green spaces for every taste... take to the path...

Campsites in Pays de la Loire

france pays de la loire camping tent camp siteFairytale chateaux, gorgeous rivers, forests, beautiful rolling countryside, sandy beaches, hiking and biking trails, harbours, vineyards, picturesque villages, water sports…the Loire Valley has it all, including more than 600 campsites throughout the region. more...

Coach holidays to France

Travel EnsembleSit back and enjoy an escorted cultural tour to one of our selected regions of France with daily excursions, local wine-tasting opportunities and evening gastronomic delights. Visit TravelEnsemble.co.uk.

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Montsoreau

Le Mans the Plantagenet City

Loire Valley wine

Abbaye de Solesmes

mountain biking ©Jean Eric_Rubio

Le Mans Cathedral

horse riding © B. Larvol

These photos are provided courtesy of the Pays de la Loire Tourism Boards and are copyrighted.

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