From Oudon to Paimboeuf
Between the edge of Anjou and the mouth of the river, the countryside changes and the influence of the Atlantic becomes more apparent. There are a number of pretty little Loire towns here that are definitely worth a visit! Come and explore attractive Loire Valley villages like Oudon, Trentemoult and Paimboeuf near Saint-Brevin-les-Pins, at the end of the Loire à Vélo trail.
Oudon, cradled by the river
In the midst of forests and waterlogged meadows and nestling on the banks of the Loire is Oudon. From the top of its medieval tower perched on a rock, it offers a superb view of the river and its sandbanks. In the village itself traditional life of the Loire Valley continues, and a pleasant marina just below adds an appealing touch.
From the estuary to the river's mouth: Trentemoult and Paimboeuf
Situated on the opposite bank to Nantes and connected by a ferry boat, Trentemoult is a charming fishing village. Explore the little lanes of this former island that is now a district of Rezé, where the facades of the houses are adorned with bright colours, riveted hooks (to hoist the furniture higher in case of flooding) and rings (to moor boats). To enjoy the town to the full, take a coffee break on the terrace next to the Loire, overlooking the Île de Nantes and the Buren rings (lit up at night).
Paimboeuf lies on the estuary. Along the Loire there is a handsome succession of small colourful houses. Here, everything recalls the rich maritime history of the town that was once the entrance to the port of Nantes in the 18th century. Lose yourself in its maze of narrow streets and marvel at its remarkable houses and the church of Saint-Louis with its coloured dome. Magnificent! Be sure to go for a stroll in the Jardin étoilé (Starred garden), a venue that is both lively and a work of art included in the Estuaire trail.
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