Feel our top 5 sensory experiences in Angers…

See the Tapestry of the Apocalypse housed in the château, the largest of its kind in the world measuring around 103 metres in length and 4.5 metres in width. Commissioned by Louis I, Duke of Anjou, the illustrations are based on the visions of St John from the final text of the New Testament.

Hear music and theatre at Les Accroches Coeurs, a street festival held in September of which Angers is especially proud.

Smell flowers. Angers is a veritable town in bloom: avenues are lined with blossom-filled trees and squares are filled with gleaming pots of magnolias and roses.

Taste Cointreau! Did you know Angers was the home of this famous orange liqueur? A tour of the Carré Cointreau distillery on the outskirts of town – where you can see the vast copper stills and bottling plant and browse the historical advertising – finishes with a refreshing glass of Cointreau with lime juice and soda. It’ll become your new favourite summer drink.

Touch 275,000 plant species at Terra Botanica, France’s only theme park dedicated entirely to plants. It offers a whole new approach to the plant world, with 11 hectares of gardens, water features and greenhouses and some 40 specific attractions and entertainments.

In the heart of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage region, Angers (External link) has so much to offer visitors: a rich history and heritage, a relaxed quality of life, impressive chateaux, excellent restaurants, plus world-famous vineyards that produce 30 AOC wines. Numerous art galleries and museums rub shoulders with quirky half-timbered houses along blossom-strewn streets. You can also cycle the Anjou section of the Loire à Vélo trail here, starting in the centre of Angers, following the banks of the River Maine and the River Loire and meandering past the slate quarries around Trélazé.

Getting to Angers

By air: 1 hour from Nantes International Airport, offering direct flights from the UK

By train: 35 min from Nantes by TGV; 90 min from Paris by TGV

By road: A28/A11 (3 hours from Caen); A11 (3 hours from Paris); A85 (1h15m from Tours); A87 (1 hour from Puy du Fou)

Further information:
Angers Loire Métropole Tourist Office7 Place du Président Kennedy49051 AngersTel. +33 (0)2 41 23 50 (External link)