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La Pointe, ancient village of Loire boatmen

in Bouchemaine

  • At the confluence of the Maine with the Loire, you will find the ancient village of La Pointe. Once an important river port, the village has been a popular tourist destination since the 17th century. By the 19th century, the trams and railway had turned this pretty village into a holiday resort. The distinctive tuffeau houses with their views over the river, their open gardens bursting with summer and winter blooms and a general atmosphere of happiness was intoxicating.
    Today, little has...

    At the confluence of the Maine with the Loire, you will find the ancient village of La Pointe. Once an important river port, the village has been a popular tourist destination since the 17th century. By the 19th century, the trams and railway had turned this pretty village into a holiday resort. The distinctive tuffeau houses with their views over the river, their open gardens bursting with summer and winter blooms and a general atmosphere of happiness was intoxicating.
    Today, little has changed. The bargemen are no longer there but the houses, gardens and, open spaces still make this a place to relax and soak-up the sun and ambiance of this riverbank village. For those interested in architecture, you should also check-out nearby beautiful mansions between Petit Serrant, (including its moated château) and Haut Plessis. Close-by is the la Chapelle Notre-Dame de Ruzebouc, with its stunning interior paying tribute to the carpentry skills of the 16th century.