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Sightseeing and Activities

The Loire is one of the most beautiful and historic regions in France.

Although it is impossible to list all the sights and actvities, this page gives a short summary of popular sights and their driving time from Les Bouchettes.

The sights are listed in four categories:
- Local excursions less than 60 minutes drive
- Day trips less than 2 hours drive
- Day trips to the coast
- Leisure activities and family attractions (fun parks etc.)

Other activities include cycling, walking, canoeing and wine tasting at local vinyards
Please let us know if you require further details.

Refer to the regional tourist office site for extensive information about the area.

For further holiday accommodation throughout France, visit Casamundo.co.uk

Local excursions (less than 1 hr drive)
  Doue-la-Fontaine  7 mins Doue has an unusual zoo set on two levels. This is one of the area's top tourist attractions. The town is also famous for its rose gardens and troglodyte sites.


Le Puy Notre Dame

 4 mins Charming  wine-growing village in the heart of the Saumur vineyards. Known as 'The Ancient Town of Character' with magnificent 12th century Colliegial Church. Also famous for the Retro Grand Prix held in July each year where the streets are lines with straw bales; a typical French event replicating Grand Prix's of old!!!!
  Montreuil-Bellay  10 mins Ville Fleurie with an imposing medieval chateau with gorgeous river walks. Kayaking available by the hour or half day.
  Rochemenier  10 mins Visit the famous Troglodyte village; see how people used to live!!
  Saumur  20 mins Chateau town and home of the Cadre Noir. Renowned for its wines, shopping, markets and Loire River.
  Chateau Breze  20 mins Sixteenth century chateau with underground chambers and tunnels.
  Chateaux Brissac  30 mins Extravagant chateau located between Doue and Angers
Candes St Martin
 35 mins Classified in the category of "Plus Beaux Villages de France", these picturesque villages are situated at the confluence of the Loire and Vienne rivers.
Montsoreau chateau has been turned into an elaborately presented and child-friendly museum.
  Abbaye de Fontevraud  40 mins The tombs of the Plantagenet royal family are at the heart of this stunning Romanesque abbey and monastry complex.
  Richelieu  45 mins  
  Chateaux Montgeoffroy  45 mins Perfectly preserved 17th century chateau. Located between Angers and Saumur.
  Angers  45 mins The capital of the historic Anjou region boasts numerous attractions including its chateau, the tapestry of the apocalypse, the cathedral, a number of museums and of course 'shopping'.
  Chinon  45 mins  Lovely old town with streets of character and famous market.
Day trips (less than 2 hrs drive):
  Loches  1hr 20 mins Medieval town with walled citadel.
  Tours  1hr 15 mins  
  Le Mans  1hr 30 mins  
  Poitiers  1 hr 15 mins  
  Nantes  1 hr 45 mins  
  Chateau Chambord  2 hrs Francois I's magnificent "hunting lodge" is one of the best known Loire chateaux.
  Chateau Chenonceaux  2 hrs The most graceful of all Loire chateaux spans the River Cher.
  Chateau Villandry  1 hr 15 mins Chateau featuring superb renaissance gardens.
  Chateau Plessis-Bourre  1 hr 15 mins  
Day trips to the coast:
  La Rochelle  2hrs  
  Les Sables-d'Olonne  1hr 45 mins  
  La Baule  2hrs 15 mins  
  L'Ile d'Yeu  2hrs 15
 (ferry port)
  Marais Poitevin National Park  2hrs  
Leisure parks, activities and family attractions
  Zoo de Doue  10 mins  The best Zoo in Europe; you won't have experienced anything like it
  The Puy du Fou park  50 mins  Medieval theme park; fantastic for children and adults alike


Parc de la Valleé

 20 mins

Outdoor activity park with slides, rides

  Futuroscope  1 hr 15 mins A Spectacular Theme Park



 30 mins

Pirch and Put Golf; so typically French; we can loan you the equipment

  Leisure Lake  10 mins Beautiful lake, fitness cicuit, crazy golf and tennis; we can loan you the equipment.


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