You are the fairest of them all!

Fortresses, manors and private residences…. With around 1200 unique châteaux in Anjou alone, it might seem daunting trying to choose one to visit. But there’s no need to worry! We’ve created a list of some of our favourite châteaux in the region. 

The most original 

With a unique setting, four priories all run by women, an incredible foundation story, and an openness towards digital and sustainable development, the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud is one of a kind!  

The most learned  

The Château of Serrant is home to an incredible library with over 12,000 antique books! One of the most impressive books in the collection is the first illustrated edition of La Fontaine’s Fables. 

The tallest  

Standing at an impressive 48 metres high and with seven floors, the Château of Brissac is the tallest château in France! 

The most mysterious 

With strange symbols and mysterious meanings, the paintings on the ceiling of the guard rooms at the Château of Plessis-Bourré reveal some surprising secrets… 

The deepest

With tunnels dug into the rock 18 meters below the château, the Château of Brézé is built on top of the deepest underground fortress in Europe. 

The most visited 

With its beautiful gardens and its unique medieval artwork- the Apocalypse Tapestry- the Château of Angers is the most visited château in Anjou. 

The most innovative

The Château of Saumur’s fortified walls, built in the 16th century by the Italian engineer Bartolomeo,  are said to have inspired the famous French military engineer Vauban a century later. 

The most Venetian

Built along the water’s edge, the Château of Montsoreau is inspired by the Venetian palaces of the Renaissance. Today, the château combines classical architecture and contemporary art. 

The most theatrical

With shows held throughout the year, the Château of Plessis-Macé is an iconic venue for Angevin theatre.

The best protected

With 600 metres of fortified walls, thirteen flanking towers and vineyards in the surrounding area, the Château of Montreuil-Bellay is an impressive fortress.