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Saumur, Val de Loire


Saumur, a territory bordered by the Loire and boasting fine architectural heritage, is also a top gastronomic location at the heart of a rich wine-growing region with renowned appellations: Saumur-Champigny, Saumur Brut, Cabernet de Saumur. It is also one of the eight tourist and wine destinations of the Loire Valley labeled "Vignobles & Découvertes" ('Vineyards & Discoveries'), destinations offering quality services and visits as well as an unforgettable people-centered, cultural and historical journey with famous wines such as Muscadet, Layon, Chinon or Touraine.

In Saumur there are nearly 90 professionals, wineries, accommodation options, restaurants and heritage sites listed by Vignobles & Découvertes.
 

A magnificent heritage


The city has 62 historic monuments and the largest protected area in France: its wood-framed houses from the 16th century and its town houses from the 17th century bear testimony to the history of the Académie Protestante and its founder Duplessis-Mornay.

On the quaysides by the Loire, the 18th and 19th-century town houses belonged to wine merchants who produced the Saumur Brut in the traditional way. Built of tuffeau stone and slate, the home town of Coco Chanel reflects her style and that of its horsemen of the Cadre Noir.

The Saumur district is also an area bordered by the longest river in France. The Loire defines the surrounding landscape for almost 30 kilometres here. The Loire Vallery, from Sully-sur-Loire to Chalonnes-sur-Loire is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Numerous important monuments are just waiting to be explored all around Saumur and in the midst of the vineyards, such as the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud and the châteaux of Brézé and Montsoreau, Montreuil-Bellay.
 

Underground history


The history of the Saumur territory also lies underground. Here, man has dug for centuries to extract tuffeau stone. The quarries were later inhabited and used for mushroom gorwing and the wine industry.

There are almost 1500 km of underground tunnels, which are divided into two categories: hillside troglodyte sites on the banks of the Loire and flatland troglodyte sites around Doué-la-Fontaine.

On these sites today you can visit the cellars of Saumur Brut, former villages, a sculpted cave, cathedral-like quarries, mushroom farms and a zoo. These unusual places offer a source of inspiration for artists and craftsmen. They also house restaurants, guest rooms, hotels and B&Bs.


 
Accommodation nearby
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Events
Restaurants

SPLENDID HOTEL

Traditional cuisine
at approximately 826 m
MONTREUIL-BELLAY - 49
Visits

MONTREUIL-BELLAY

Ville, village et quartier
at approximately 790 m
MONTREUIL-BELLAY - 49

LE PUY-NOTRE-DAME

Ville, village et quartier
at approximately 4 Km
LE PUY-NOTRE-DAME - 49