Everything you wanted to know about the Loire… and its Irish links; Jim Murty; Evoke

France – The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes

Thought you knew about the Loire Valley in France?

Seasoned traveller Catherine Murphy thought she did but was stunned to find a region bursting with colour, underground life and quirky art on a return visit to this UNESCO World Heritage site. And there are a few Irish links thrown in for good measure.


Angers and Saumur can both be described as ‘art and history’ cities.

Angers, the capital of the region, is famous for its 13th-century fortress, home to the longest tapestry in the world, the Apocalypse Tapestry.

The city is also known as France’s greenest and features a cultural quarter with cobbled streets and half-timbered houses.

For a different perspective, visit the Cointreau distillery to see how the company has re-invented its brand with clever modern cocktails. See www.angersloiretourisme.com.

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