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Visit the incredible islands dotted around the loire valley!

All along the Loire lie several beautiful and unique islands waiting to be explored. Immerse yourself in nature, discover a wide variety of flora and fauna, and explore the calm and picturesque islands that the Loire has to offer…

The most remote

Ile Dumet was once known as the centre of the world. Now classified as a “Protected Natural Area”, this beautiful island is home to several species of birds. This island is six kilometres from the mainland and only accessible by boat - but the trip is definitely worth it! Explore the two ruined stone forts on the island and discover why famous names such as Daudet, Zola, Chateaubriand and Flaubert travelled to here in search of inspiration and serenity. There is even a local legend of undiscovered buried treasure!

The largest  

With culture, rich history, new attractions and an incredible view of the city, it’s easy to see why the Ile de Nantes has become a must-see. In the past, the island was known for its shipbuilding industry, however this ended with the closure of the shipyards in 1987. Today, the Ile de Nantes is focused on culture. Start your adventure by climbing on the back of a mechanical elephant, strolling along the Quai des Antilles and admiring the Anneaux by Buren. Or, if you fancy a more relaxed day out, you can always have a glass of wine on the banks of the Loire whilst listening to a concert in one of the unique and friendly venues along the quayside, or even compose your own at La Fabrique! Ile de Nantes has something for everyone and is waiting to be discovered.
 

The longest

The Ile de Chalonnes is the largest river island in Europe and is over 14 kilometres long! With plenty of things to do, there is a real community feel amongst the residents. Everyone on the island is proud of the beautiful nature that surrounds them and love to show off their home to visitors. 
In the past, hemp and tobacco were the main crops on the island; luckily today these have been replaced by delicious fruit and vegetables such as corn, sunflowers, asparagus and melons. So why not take a stroll around this corner of paradise, and fill your stomach with a mouth-watering meal or picnic made from fresh local produce? Whatever the time of year, whether you’re walking, cycling, or driving, you’re guaranteed to have an incredible day out on this breath-taking island.
 

The most spiritual

As part of a “Small Town of Character”, the Ile de Behuard adds to the historical charm of the surrounding area. A handful of lucky people live on this picturesque island on the Loire, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you visit here in the summer, you’ll see couples who have travelled for a romantic wedding, as well as people who make an annual pilgrimage to the island. Most summer visitors come to soak up the charm of the village and the breath-taking views of the Loire. When you’re sipping on a glass of wine and admiring the incredible lights and colours of the Royal River, you’ll never want to leave this beautiful island. 
 

The most photogenic

Tucked away just a few kilometres from the historic centre of Saumur, is the Ile d’Offard. This island is a photographer’s heaven, with a unique view of the banks of the Loire. Here you can admire the beautiful view of the Château de Saumur’s impressive towers and defences, gaze at the sandbanks and watch the incredible animals who live there, be surrounded by picturesque nature and, of course, gaze at the famous royal river. If you’ve still not got your fill of photos, why not visit the 4-kilometre-long Ile Batailleuse? This stunning island is further west of Offard and gives you an incredible view of Saint-Florent-le-Viel and its famous abbey!
 

The most agricultural

On Ile Saint-Aubin, you’ll be surrounded by natural meadows used for hay and pasture. Located in the heart of the Maine basin, and only 5 minutes from the centre of Angevin, every year walkers flock to this natural haven. Surrounded by nature, you can discover the 500 animal species that live on the island and spend the day hiking through the incredible flora and fauna.
As you make your way to have lunch at the island’s beautiful guinguette which faces the Loire, you might bump into semi-wild cows. And, if you want to find out more, why not take the family to the island’s petting zoo?