Avenue de la Boire Salée
49130 Les Ponts-de-Cé
+33 (0)2 85 35 97 47
Avenue de la Boire Salée
49130 Les Ponts-de-Cé
+33 (0)2 85 35 97 47
LES PONTS DE CE, IN THE VICINITY OF ANGERS, A PERFECT BASE CAMP
TO TAKE DIVERSIONS EITHER SIDE OF THE LOIRE, WITHIN A VALLEY LISTED
AS A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Staying on the Slow Camp Loire Vallée campsite, is the best compromise by settling in, in the middle of nowhere, on an island in the Loire, with all of the services and shops of the town adjoining the campsite and in the vicinity of the city of Angers. The latter is acknowledged as the leading city in France for its quality of life.
Kilometres of cycle tracks, magnificent landscapes of the Loire Valley with its islands, beaches, troglodyte villages (centuries ago having several uses, including cave dwellings and chapels), vineyards, dozens and dozens of châteaux, both privately owned and royal estates, having as its grand finale Terra Botanica, the botanical and theme park…
The Loire Valley
AN EXCEPTIONAL REGION, THE CRADLE OF THE RENAISSANCE,
LISTED AS A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Having the sense of reliving certain periods of history, is inexorably the feeling experienced as soon as you enter one of the major Loire Valley sites…a genuine journey back to the past!
Well-kept gardens, majestic architecture, splendid décors, hidden treasure…The magic starts as soon as the first landscapes of the Valley come into view. They stress the direct relationship between the Loire river and its lords. The latter never stopped erecting the most beautiful buildings in the area around the river, thus hoping to gain control of this magnificent region.
The 22 châteaux,
jewels of the Loire Valley
Château Royal d’Amboise
Château d’Azay le Rideau
Château Royal de Blois
Domaine National de Chambord (including the forest and Château de Chambord)
Domaine Régional de Chaumont sur Loire (including an arts and countryside centre, miniature garden displays by professionals in summer and the Chateau de Chaumont park and stables)
Château de Chenonceau
Château de Cheverny
Forteresse Royale de Chinon fortress
Château du Clos Lucé/Parc Leonardo da Vinci park
Château et Parc du Langeais – a château and park
Château et Jardins du Rivau – a château and gardens
Cité Royale de Loches – Château de Loches
Château de Sully sur Loire
Château et Jardins de Vallandry – château with gardens
Fontevraud Abbey – an abbey historically run by aristocratic abbesses, also the resting place of the Plantagenets and home to cultural events
Château de Saumur
Cadre Noir de Saumur – home to the globally renowned French National Riding School
Château de Brissac
Château de Brézé
Château des Ducs de Bretagne (the Dukes of Brittany)
Château de Valençay
Brissac, France’s highest château
A few kilometres from your Slow Village campsite, the Château de Brissac deserves a short detour. The highest château in France with its 48-metre towers, this château built in the 11th century by Foulques Nera, and then rebuilt respectively in the 15th and 17th centuries, has remained in the same family since 1502. With its landscaped park adjoining the vineyard, Brissac stands as an imposing château over 7 levels where you may come across the Marchioness and the Marquis of Brissac, who are still in residence. The visit reveals a dazzling décor, with amongst other attributes, a belle époque theatre with seating for 200 people. The visit concludes in the château’s cellar by a wine tasting for wines produced on the estate, which are also on sale.
The mild Anjou climate
A FEW MINUTES FROM THE SLOW VILLAGE CAMPSITE IS
ANGERS, HAVING THE REPUTATION AS THE CITY WHERE IT’S A GOOD LIFE, WITH
ITS MEDIEVAL CHATEAU AND LIVELY TOWN CENTRE
the No. 1
most attractive city
in France *
* Rating in L’Express September 2018
The must-sees in Angers
1 – Visit the medieval château and discover the famous Apocalypse Tapestries
2 – Have a tasting at Carré Cointreau, and learn the secrets to making the region’s famous liqueur
3 – Take in the works of the Musée des Beaux-Arts
4 – Admire the Maison d’Adam, an example of the half-timbered merchants’ houses dating back to the end of the Middle Ages
5 – Stroll through the shopping streets around the Place du Ralliement
6 – Have a drink on the terraces of the Cale de la Savatte, as the sun goes down, opposite the superb panorama of the Maine river flowing in front of the château
15 MINUTES FROM YOUR SLOW VILLAGE,
DISCOVER THE LARGEST THEME PARK
IN EUROPE FOCUSED UPON PLANT LIFE
Terra Botanica, the extraordinary botanical gardens
Indeed it is an extraordinary adventure which the park offers you the chance to experience as a family, by relating the secrets and history of the various plants, with in particular exceptional collections of orchids, roses and palm trees.
originating from across the entire world
10th favourite park amongst the French
Between recreational adventures and botanical discoveries, as a family or with friends, there is something for children and adults alike in Europe’s leading plant life park.
I want to discover terra botanica
wine region of France
DISCOVER THE VIGNOBLE D’ANJOU SAUMUR AND ITS 20,000 HECTARES OF VINEYARDS.
Savennière, Coteaux du Layon, Quarts de Chaume, Bonnezeaux, Anjou Village, Saumur Champigny… Historical appellations that have shaped the region’s vineyards… Through the 6 wine routes, learn about the flavours of our 27 AOC vineyards and discover a unique wine-growing region… The campsite is labelled “vineyard and discovery”.
Controlled designations of origin
in the Anjou – Saumur region
Anjou – Anjou Gamay – Anjou mousseux – Anjou Village –
Anjou Village Brissac – Anjou Coteaux de la Loire
Bonnezeaux – Cabernet d’Anjou – Cabernet de Saumur – Coteaux de l’Aubance – Coteaux de Saumur – Coteaux du Layon
Crémant de Loire – Haut Poitou – Quart de Chaume – Rosé d’Anjou – Rosé de Loire – Saumur – Saumur mousseux – Saumur Puy Notre Dame
Saumur Champigny – Savennières – Savennières Coulée de Serrant- Savennières Roche aux Moine -Vins du Thouarsais.
Anjou, capital of natural wine.
It is a new way of making so-called “natural” wines, not only organic, but without inputs or added yeasts, and today, a formidable movement has begun in Anjou, under the impetus of biodynamic pioneers who want to free themselves from the constraints inherent to AOC appellations.
The pioneers of organic wine in Anjou
Mark Angeli (Domaine de la Sansonnière)
Nicolas Joly (Coulée de Serrant)
Richard Leroy (Noels de Montbenault + Clos des Rouliers)
Jo Pithon (Domaine Pithon-Paillé)
Patrick Baudouin (Domaine Patrick Baudouin)
Olivier Cousin (Domaine familial)