France: Loire Valley

Around Angers

The birthplace of Chenin Blanc
By Jim Budd

This Guide was last updated on 19 April 2011
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Unless you are staying in a chambres d’hôtes in the countryside, Angers is the most obvious and comfortable base from which to explore the Anjou micro-region. The quite forbidding château is a ‘must visit’ for the Apocalypse Tapestries (see 'Other Interesting Attractions') and also the old town – the winding streets and small squares between the château, the cathedral Saint Maurice, the Prefecture and the (modern) enclosed market - is worth exploring too. If you have time the old quartier around the Grenier de St-Jean on the old side of the Maine is worth a visit. Angers has a range of average restaurants with a few good ones (see ‘Places to Eat’), where booking is essential. At present there is some disruption in the centre due to a new tram system being installed.


This is an attractive small market town, which is the centre of the Coteaux de l’Aubance and of red winemaking in Anjou. It has an interesting and imposing renaissance château, which for a price offers chambres d’hôtes (see ’Other Attractions’), some simple though pleasant restaurants, a good charcuterie, a rather basic hotel (Hotel Le Castel) and a chambre d’hôte (La Demeure du Goupil). Several good wine producers are an easy walk from the centre of Brissac.

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