The medieval city of Angers has been populated for hundreds of thousands of years, and today this historic place stands in the same spot with the River Maine flowing through, creating a beautiful French metropolis that delightfully fuses its ancient heritage with the modern sights and sounds of one of France’s most exciting places to be.
A prime location for history aficionados, a trip to Angers most certainly involves touring its many cathedrals, castles and other architectural wonders of the middle ages. Like any people proud of their heritage, the Angevins are delighted to enthuse visitors with grand tales of daring knights and ancient battles over the border between Normandy and Brittany.
The rich culture of Angers will seep into the minds of any visitors here, due to the vast variety of museums and universities that abound. Today this primeval village has been blended with Renaissance architecture and reflections of the urban transformation of Paris to create a rousing and interesting amalgam. With so much to see and do it is very easy to create a unique city break for the family or a loved one; tailor-made to what excites you.
Holiday in Angers
By fully embracing its rich medieval and renaissance heritage, Angers is home to a plethora of sights, sounds and quirky amusements to delight those who wish to see a snapshot of olden times.
From the château d’Angers, home to the Apocalypse tapestry – the largest medieval tapestry emsemble in the world – to the many churches and cathedrals such as Cathédrale St-Maurice and Saint-Aubín Abbey around town, stare in amazement and feel the footsteps of the tens of thousands of soldiers, knights, warriors and Vikings who have come here before you.
After you have visited the Fine Art Museum, if you are looking for something a little quirkier and off the beaten track try a trip to the Cointreau Museum to learn about this French orange liqueur and its origins, of course with a tasting session. After that, consider dining at Auberge Angevine for an authentic attempt at recreating dining in the middle ages. You will be seated in a long hall and be surrounded by jugglers, fire eaters and acrobats at this medieval themed restaurant.
Renting holiday accommodation in Angers
For a truly custom-made vacation, you can’t beat being able to choose your very own holiday rental. Do you prefer a funky apartment in the city centre, or something more peaceful on the outskirts? It is a lovely feeling to return to a home at the end of the day, take off your shoes and relax in your lounge, and perhaps prepare a meal in your very own kitchen and put a load of washing on.