Often dubbed 'Black Angers' due to the local dark slate used for its roofs, the lively riverside city is famous for its tapestries: the 14th-century Tenture de l'Apocalypse in the city's château and the 20th-century Chant du Monde at the Jean Lurçat museum. A bustling old town, with many pedestrianised streets and a thriving café culture, makes it a good western gateway to the Loire Valley.
Angers destination guides
Loire Valley Cycling
Each summer the Tour de France races across the country, giving a select group of very talented cyclists a chance to see the country from a blurry perspective. On this cycling tour of the Loire Valley, knowing the difference between a front derailleur and a rear dropout isn't necessary.
Cycle the Loire - Orléans to the Atlantic Coast
An inspirational journey by bike from the heart of the Loire River Valley to the rugged Atlantic coast