Ranked among the finest of the Loire valleys towns and cities, Angers, formerly the capital of the historic province of Anjou, is today the capital of the Maine-et-Loire département, its architecture influenced by slate and the predominance of blue and white stones.
Angers is a classic French city, with cobbled streets, medieval half-timbered houses, a cathedral and a dramatic castle. The city also offers the greenest city landscape in the whole of France, with over 1,500 acres of parks and green spaces.
The Loire valley has always been popular with British and American visitors fascinated by its history and culture. The Area is known as the 'Valley of the Kings' as it was once home to the Plantagenet kings who ruled both France and England.
The wealth of its heritage and the care taken with its promotion have enabled Angers to obtain the prestigious 'Villes d'Art et d'Histoire' label awarded by the Department of Architecture and Heritage. This vibrant and cultured city on the River Maine was once the centre of the Plantagenet kingdom, a realm that embraced the whole of England and half of France. But the city can trace its roots to Roman times, when it was known as Juliomagus.
Take a short stroll from the Cité to the Doutre, where you can find a lively student atmosphere, or enjoy the quiet banks of the Maine. This quarter on the right bank has a rural charm, characterised by its wood-framed houses, its private townhouses, its Angevin residences with their pale tufa façades, and its many green spaces.
Office de Tourisme d'Angers Loire Métropole
7, Place Kennedy, 49051 Angers
Tel: 02 41 23 50 00