Clinging to the Loire’s left bank Saumur is a town of gleaming tuffeau stone, tradition and ancient heritage. Discover troglodyte dwellings carved into the rock and the prestigious Cadre Noir with its École Nationale d’Équitation (National Riding School), where you can learn the French savoir-faire of horse-riding.Saumur’s association with horses dates back to the end of the 16th century, when the first equestrian academy was opened. Don’t miss out on breathtaking performances in the school, which demonstrate perfect mastery of dressage. The well-preserved historic centre of Saumur contains some must-visit sites including the Nantilly church and the royal chapel of Notre-Dame des Ardilliers. Another attraction bursting with history – and great if you have young boys in tow – is the Musée des Blindés (Tank Museum), containing some 250 tanks.
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