Nature activities in Pays-de-la-Loire

  • Discovery tour in the Pays de la Loire

    © ATOUT FRANCE/Pascal Gréboval

    Discovery tour in the Pays de la Loire

    © ATOUT FRANCE/Pascal Gréboval

  • Discovery tour in the Pays de la Loire

    © ATOUT FRANCE/Pascal Gréboval

    Discovery tour in the Pays de la Loire

    © ATOUT FRANCE/Pascal Gréboval

  • Pays de la Loire's coast

    © ATOUT FRANCE/Daniel Gallon - Dangal

    Pays de la Loire's coast

    © ATOUT FRANCE/Daniel Gallon - Dangal

Nature activities in Pays-de-la-Loire Nantes 44000 fr

The Loire estuary has several strings to its bow: the river, the plains and farmland in Vendée to the south, and the lands to the north. Between the Nantes region and the Morbihan is an eclectic selection of landscapes influenced by the ocean: the Guérande peninsula and its famous shimmering salt marshes, the Brière marshes and their reeds, and the golden beaches around the estuary... The multifaceted Pays-de-la-Loire multiplies the number of relaxing opportunities to enjoy.

Hiking

There are many great and scenic hikes around the Lac de Grand Lieu or in the heart of inland Vendée, housing the forest of Mervent-Vouvant. The sea shores meet with a coastal path, while 200 kilometres (125 miles) of Grande Randonnée footpaths of the Loire give you the opportunity to wear out your shoes by roaming the shores from La Baule to the chalky hills of Saumur. There is a total of 13,000 kilometres (8,000 miles) of available routes and other marked trails.

Cyclotourism

Bike paths and green routes are marked out along the coast of Vendée, and continue through the lovely pine forests of the area around Olonne.
A large part of the Poitevin marshes offers more bike paths along quiet little roads (towards the dried out marshes) or boat rides on the canals of the wet marshes, known as " the Green Venice." There are several nature reserves in this area, including the Pointe d’Arçay, l’île de Charouin, and the region of Saint-Denis-du-Payr. For more, check out the Loire by bike trails ("La loire à Vélo").

Navigable waterways

River cruises are especially popular in Anjou, on the Mayenne, the Maine and the Sarthe: all tributaries of the Loire. Elsewhere, the valley of the river Erdre and the Nantes-Brest canal is an invitation to explore southern Brittany, with its strong historical links.

 

 

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