Camping in Pays de la Loire
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Pays de la Loire
The Pays de la Loire covers the area of Western France to the south of Brittany and Normandy. It lies along the lower stretches of the river Loire, the longest river in France, downstream from the châteaux of the Val de Loire region.
Pays de la Loire is one of the regions created in the late 20th century to serve as an administrative zone of influence for its capital, Nantes. Whilst the great Loire châteaux lie in the Val de Loire region, the Pays de la Loire is home to many great monuments, such as the castles of Angers, Laval and Mayenne and the Château des Ducs de Bretagne at Nantes, the Royal Fontevraud Abbey and the old city of Le Mans. It also contains many natural parks including the Brière and the Poitou marshes.
The region has become very popular with British visitors thanks to its proximity to the Channel ports. It includes 300 km of Atlantic coastline that offers long, sandy beaches and islands such as the Ile de Noirmoutier and the Ile d’Yeu, contrasting with the lush green countryside that the River Loire flows through. At the region’s heart lies Angers, the capital of the historic province of Anjou, home to the feudal warlords and the Plantagenet kings of England. To the southeast is the Vendée, a peaceful holiday area very popular with summer visitors.