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La Daguenière / Angers

[ Cycle route EuroVelo 6 , La Loire à Vélo ] [ La Loire à Vélo from Saumur to Angers ]
  • 15 km
  • famille Level family

This Loire à Vélo stage to Anjou’s capital takes you through the startling landscapes of the former slate mines of Trélazé. Then enjoy crossing the Authion River via a little cable ferry. This makes for a fun way to reach the enticing city of Angers, spread across both banks of the Maine River. An equally enjoyable alternative route takes you to Bouchemaine via the Loire-side town of Les Ponts-de-Cé (see stage La Daguenière >Bouchemaine).

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Route
Two deeply appealing options by which to reach Angers: either take the Loire-side Levée de la Belle Poule; or go via the former Trélazé slate mines.
There is an alternative to the ferry crossing over the Authion on the Trélazé option when crossing the river isn’t possible.
In Angers, be careful of heavy traffic and of the tramway!

SNCF

Angers train station: many TER regional trains take bikes, west to Nantes and Le Croisic, east to Tours and Orléans.
You can reserve to take your bike on TGV Atlantique high-speed trains for Nantes, Le Croisic, Le Mans and Paris.

Don’t miss

Trélazé: a newly laid-out route takes you through Trélazé’s former slate mines; at the Musée de l’Ardoise (slate-mining museum) learn how the slate was extracted and split
Angers: a remarkable historic city with a great cultural life, linked in part to its universities and theatres; stunning medieval religious buildings; an exceptional castle, home to a great medieval work, the Tapestry of the Apocalypse; the splendid medieval St Jean Hospital, housing Lurçat’s 20th-century Apocalpyse Tapestries;  many excellent museums, including the rich Fine Arts Museum; exciting new quarters by the Maine River… 

Markets

Les Ponts-de-Cé: Friday morning
Angers: every days except Monday

Tourist Information centre

Angers: 02 41 23 50 00

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The Castle to Angers

Enter by the huge drawbridge across the moat and explore the governor's lodge, the dungeons, the battlements and enjoy the unobstructed view over the city. The architecture shows the course of the site's development across the centuries, with the construction of the fortress and its towers by the young King Louis, the Royal Lodge, the chapel and the Châtelet (small scale castle) - all built by the Dukes of Anjou. The interior of the castle plays host to the attractive residence of the Dukes of Anjou, made up of Gothic buildings, gardens and can even boast a few vines.

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