Days out 30 minutes from Angers: cheetah, sarcophagi and peppermint
With its Carnivore Crater, Rhinoceros Valley and Giraffe Camp, you’ll feel like you’re in another world at this zoo which has won awards for good treatment of animals. It’s a fascinating trip around the globe on the doorstep of Angers.
Troglodytes & Sarcophages
This incredible underground shelter created by the Vikings is the only tourist attraction of its kind in Europe. Discover wine cellars, a troglodytic chapel and a sarcophagus factory on this day out outside of Angers.
Mystères des Faluns
Jellyfish and elephants underground, you say? It’s all possible thanks to the magical scenography at the poetic cave adventure in Les Perrières. Take a dream-like walk through the galleries of falun (which means shelly sand locally), which was deposited by the sea millions of years ago and let the sound and lights transport you to another world.
A visit to Saumur is a must-do day out near Angers. What we like best? The silent charm of the vast caves and the treasures they hold (often wine!), the terroir markets with their traditionally made produce, the lively games of boule de fort – the local version of pétanque... not to mention soaring up in the sky on a thrilling hot-air balloon flight.
Cadre noir: national school of horse-riding
See equestrian excellence at its best. Encounter the finest riders in France in a prestigious setting and watch the exquisite shows and gala regularly hosted by the school. An equestrian arts demonstration for all ages.
Camomile is one of the 600 varieties of plants in this remarkable garden nestled in the Hyrôme valley. Learn the secrets of their medicinal and cosmetic properties in the garden’s six themed areas. Immerse yourself in the Mediterranean glasshouse and learn about herbal medicine before exploring the garden of flavours and scents.
Days out 45 minutes from Angers: champagne and bonsai trees
Maulévrier oriental park
Considered the largest Japanese-inspired park in Europe, Maulévrier transports you into the delicate culture of the Empire of the Rising Sun with its amazing garden, from sunrise to sunset.
The ackermann cellars
Caves Ackermann throws a light on its wines and the history of the sparkling wine house with a captivating cave experience.
The Bouvet Ladubay cellars
Bouvet Ladubay reveals its exceptional multi-award winning vintages on a tour of its cellars, which are part of a UNESCO world heritage site. Expect art, emotion and terroir on this journey for the senses.
Zoo de la Flèche
“A better understanding for better protection” is the motto of this zoo committed to protecting biodiversity. You’ll see some amazing species. With animals like the California sea lion, the Canadian river otter and the Indian rhinoceros, this is an exotic outing not far from Angers.
Days out 60 minutes from Angers: a jester, a mechanical elephant and muscadet
Royal Abbey of Fontevraud
This former monastery has had an illustrious list of owners including the Counts of Anjou, the Plantagenet dynasty and the Royal House of Bourbon. And did we mention Richard of Lionheart?
Highly recommended: Works by Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Delaunay and many more await you in the galleries of the abbey's recently created Modern Art museum. Keep an eye out to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Puy du Fou
The leading French family leisure attraction needs no introduction. Renowned for its quality, Puy du Fou is a two-time winner of the best theme park in the world award. Travel through the ages and across the seas to relive History as if you were there.
Nantes and the machines de l’île
With a fascinating combination of inspirations from Jules Verne to Lovecraft, the Machines de l’île draws you into its stunning industrial and animal world – giant mechanical elephant included. It’s a treat for the imagination and the chance to let your curiosity run wild.
Enjoy a taste of Italy just an hour from Angers. The Italian-inspired town of Clisson is a Medieval town boasting Romanesque architecture, an impressive castle and beautiful 15th century churches.
Days out 90 minutes from angers: nature’s mosaic and seasalt
The Loire Valley châteaux
A trip to these majestic châteaux from Angers is an incredible day out of magic, splendour and festivities. Azay-le-Rideau, Chambord, Blois and Chenonceau await you for a taste of castle life!
The Guérande salt flats
Spice things up with an escape to a very different landscape! Admire the play of light on the surface mosaic-like salt ponds, listen to their history told by the salt workers and get a real flavour for the place!
The medieval town of Sainte-Suzanne
This Medieval treasure between Laval and Le Mans comes highly praised and has won many titles (“Petite Cité de caractère®”, “Preferred village of French people”, “most beautiful village of France”, “Perle du Maine”). Take a tranquil stroll through its centuries-old streets, stop by the Musée de l’Auditoire history museum and visit the traditional Sainte-Suzanne paper mill.