The Pelican hotel restaurant

Tourism in the Loire Valley

A UNESCO World Heritage, the Loire Valley is discovered by its river, its royal castles along the Loire and its vineyards

In Vernantes, you are ideally located for exploring the region and discovering its treasures: Saumur extending on either side of the Loire, dominated by its castle and known worldwide for its famous riding school: le Cadre Noir.


Castle of Montsoreau

From the cellars of the castle to the terraces of the towers, the Montsoreau castle visitor is immersed in a dream world in communion with the Loire. The themes are diverse and include the Loire landscapes, marine and riverside trades.

The castle of Breze

 The Castle of Breze is located 10 minutes from Saumur, it is a listed historical monument. The visit of the castle, its underground area, its pigeon house (the most important in Anjou) and its tasting room is an exciting and rewarding discovery 

The castle of Brissac

From the kitchens to the living rooms, through the theater, visiting the castle of Brissac, the highest in France with its seven floors, you will discover a dazzling decor: gold leaf ceilings, precious furniture, the Belle Epoque theatre

The Troglodyte village of Rochemenier

The Troglodyte village of Rochemenier is presented as a 20 room museum including an underground chapel, carved in the flat terrain around old open site quarries. Only chimneys project from the ground 

Fontevraud Abbey

Abbey from 1101 to 1792, central prison from 1804 to 1963, Fontevraud is now a Cultural Centre.

The chateau of Montreuil-Bellay

Four centuries were needed to build the Château de Montreuil-Bellay. Its current appearance combines the power of the Middle Ages and Renaissance refinement.

Mushroom Museum

Visitors to the mushroom museum like strolling in the cellars among crops and discover the secrets of the Paris mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, blue feet and other exotic mushrooms.

The Oriental Park of Maulévrier

The Oriental Park of Maulévrier is the largest Japanese garden in Europe. Unique by the extraordinary richness of its vegetation and by its Asian architectural framework, its symbolism, its exhibitions of bonsai, its ceramics and musical garden