With an area of 32,082 km², the région
of Pays de la Loire has five départements: Loire-Atlantique (44), Maine-et-Loire (49), Mayenne (53), Sarthe (72) and Vendée (85).
The regional prefecture of Pays de
la Loire is Nantes.
Neighbouring regions are Basse-Normandie,
Bretagne, Centre and
The Pays de la Loire region is probably best known for the
UNESCO-listed Loire Valley.
Loire Valley between
Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes:
The Loire Valley is an outstanding cultural landscape of great beauty, containing historic
towns and villages, great architectural monuments (the châteaux) and cultivated lands
formed by many centuries of interaction between their population and the physical
environment, primarily the river Loire itself.
The Loire, fed by tributaries such as the Mayenne and the Sarthe,
is France's largest river.
There are also some twenty-five resorts to choose from along the
region's rocky Atlantic coastline, with sandy beaches and plenty of coves to explore.
Grand Parc Puy du Fou:
The popular theme park is located about an hour south-east of Nantes.
Pays de la Loire:
The Conseil régional des Pays de la Loire's official website.
Western Loire Tourist Board:
2, rue de la Loire - 44204 Nantes.
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