The Val de Loire, many discoveries around Hotel Le Pélican
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Val de Loire can be discovered along the river, the royal castles that border it and the vineyards of the Loire.
In Vernantes, you are ideally situated to explore the region and discover its treasures: Saumur which stretches on both sides of the Loire, dominated by its castle and world-famous for its famous riding school: the Cadre Noir.
Tourist Discoveries around Saumur
The Montsoreau Castle
From the cellars of the castle to the terraces of the towers, the visitor to Montsoreau castle is plunged into a dream world, at the meeting point of the Angevin Loire. The themes evoked are as diverse as the landscapes of the Loire, the navy and the trade of the Loire.
The Brézé Castle
The Brézé Castle is located 10 minutes from Saumur, a listed building. A visit to the castle, its underground passages, its dovecote (the largest in Anjou) and its tasting room guarantees an exciting and enriching discovery
The Brissac Castle
From the kitchens to the lounges, via the theatre, a visit to the Brissac Castle, the highest castle in France with its seven floors, will allow you to discover a dazzling decor: leaf gilded ceilings, precious furniture, Belle Epoque theatre.
The Troglodyte village of Rochemenier
The Troglodyte village of Rochemenier is presented as a museum with 20 rooms including an underground chapel, dug into flat ground around former open-air quarries. Only the chimneys protrude from the ground.
Abbey from 1101 to 1792, central prison from 1804 to 1963, Fontevraud is today a Cultural Meeting Centre
The Montreuil-Bellay Castle
It took four centuries to build the Montreuil-Bellay castle. Its present appearance combines the power of the Middle Ages with the refinement of the Renaissance
The Oriental Park of Maulévrier
Maulévrier Oriental Park is the largest Japanese garden in Europe. It is unique in its extraordinary richness of vegetation as well as in its Asian architectural setting, its symbolism, its exhibitions of bonsai and ceramics and its musical garden.
The Armoured Museum
The Musée des Blindés of Saumur retraces their birth, their history and their technical evolution throughout the world from 1917 to the present day. The museum's collection of tanks and vehicles now includes 800 vehicles, nearly 200 of which are in full working order.
The Black Frame
For almost two centuries, in the heart of the Val de Loire and Anjou, the Cadre Noir has embodied and brought to life the excellence of traditional French horse riding, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Biopark Zoo of Doué La Fontaine
In Anjou, near Saumur, more than 1300 animals have found an exceptional natural setting in the Bioparc, dedicated to the protection of endangered species. Dug into the rock, our tunnels will take you from one world to another. A journey rich in emotions in a veritable mineral and plant maze !
Tourist Discoveries around Saumur
the Mushroom Museum
Visitors to the Mushroom Museum like to walk through the cellars among the crops and discover the secrets of button mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, bluefoot mushrooms and other exotic mushrooms.
The Museum of Razed Apples
The story of Les Pommes Tapées is told in the middle of an authentic and astonishing setting: galleries entirely dug into the cliff and nestled in the hillside. This superb cellar was, in the last century, a mecca for the production of the famous pommes tapées. A real industry in the 19th century, this activity had completely disappeared.
The Plessis Wine Cellar
Since 1900, the RENOU family has owned this estate located partly on the slopes of Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil where the vineyard covers an area of 30 hectares. We continue to work the vine and the wine with passion as we have done for 5 generations
The Rocheville Wine Cellar
In the heart of the Saumur Champigny vineyard, on the hillsides overlooking the Loire and at the foot of the thousand-year-old church of Parnay, the air of time is blowing. Les Âmes de Rocheville invite you to discover their terroir and the know-how that presides over their destiny. Click on their image and enter into the magic of their nectars...
The Targe Castle
Edouard Pisani-Ferry and his son Paul welcome you to their troglodyte cellars for a tasting of their wines, which have been awarded more than 90 medals since 2000.
Each of the Château's three red wines interprets the elegance and silkiness of Cabernet Franc in its own way: fruity for the traditional cuvée, or with density and complexity for the great vintages.
The white wines explore the rich palette of Chenin Blanc: subtle and fresh when made in Saumur Brut, intense and racy in dry Saumur Blanc, and mellow in Coteaux de Saumur.