This path crosses two very different towns that run alongside the Loire river. Those two towns are crossed by the bicycle tourism routes “La Loire à Vélo” and “Vélo Francette”. They offer a wonderful view on the river, that is why this part of the river has been added by UNESCO to its list of World Heritage Sites. Horticulture and market gardening are part of the identity of Saint-Gemmes-sur-Loire, given their economic importance. Ponts-de-Cé is another town full of history, proud of its “Fille de Loire” (Daughter of Loire) title, composed of a set of islands, linked by bridges.
- French gardens of the presbytery, at the foot of the church and dominating the Loire river, have a succession of flowered terraces, a must-see.
- A Mediterranean garden? In Sainte-Gemmes-sur-Loire? Indeed, as the microclimate of this town permits the development of vine, lavender, cypresses or agapanthus.
- Today, 30 companies work on 500 ha of orchards, vegetable cultivations, flowered plants, cut flowers and perennials. This plain, bordered by the Loire and Maine rivers, is more commonly known as the “Triangle vert” (Green triangle).
- The town of Ponts-de-Cé has a real know-how heritage with its Musée des Coiffes et des Traditions (Museum of traditions and headdresses) in the château and the creation pillar “Rive d’Arts” located in an old hook creation factory.
Equipment at your disposal
Picnic tables in the Pont de l’Authion parking and at the edge of the Loire river after the Mediterranean garden for Sainte-Gemmes-sur-Loire
Picnic tables at the edge of the Loire river near the Rive d’Arts and the Baignade pool.
Circuit marked out in mauve. Circuit liable to flooding.
- GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
Mairie de Sainte Gemmes sur Loire
Mairie des Ponts de Cé