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Montsoreau - Saumur : vue Chateau
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Montsoreau - Fontevraud Anjou and its Heritage Wild Anjou

Leave the ‘ligérien’ ambiance of the Loire behind you to visit Fontevraud and its prestigious Royal Abbey – the biggest monastic complex in France. Dolmens, windmills, and an old farm that is now home to one of France’s last surviving soap factories will surprise you as you wend your way along this bucolic rural route.

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La Maison du Parc Naturel Régional

Loire-Anjou-Touraine: Entertain and heighten awareness. These are the watchwords of this Maison dedicated to the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Park. Its amusing educational and interactive activities will introduce you to the wealth of resources and curiosities of these natural landscapes, deemed worthy of UNESCO World Heritage status

Montsoreau - Fontevraud : savonnerie

The 'Martin de Candre' soap factory and its museum in Mestré - Fontevraud

Within the Domaine de Mestré, established in the old farm buildings of the royal abbey, take the time to discover the traditional savoir-faire of this craft, now almost extinct in France – and enjoy all the scents that go with it. Step inside the new museum: ‘Quand le savon fait sa pub’, which opened in 2010.

Montsoreau - Fontevraud : abbaye royale

The Royal Abbey of Fontevraud

A tour of this huge monastic complex, founded in the early 12th century, and still one of the biggest in Europe, is not to be missed. A series of thirty-six abbesses, half of whom were of royal descent, headed this mixed order (with monks and nuns) in line with the wishes of its founder, Robert d’Abrissel. Under Napoleon, the abbey was transformed into a prison, and since 1975 it has experienced another vocation, the Centre Culturel de l’Ouest. Throughout the year, it hosts a rich programme of cultural events combining heritage and modernity.

The Windmills

The Saumur region is rich in mills, in terms of both number and variety. The town of Saumur was long known as the French capital of the windmill, and for good reason. The most typical windmills you’ll have the pleasure of spotting as you ride along are the ‘turquois’ (revolving pivot) and  ‘cavier’ (hollow post) mills. This type of windmill takes its French name from the fact that its grindstones are in a cellar (cave), either built on the ground, or sometimes, below ground level.

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Information on the route

Distance : 6 km

Way type : cycle lane

Departure : Montsoreau (rest station, opposite the Maison du Parc)

Arrival : Fontevraud (place du 8 mai)

Practical informations : Moderately difficult (a few climbs)

To go further :

Tourist Office Saumurois

Place de la Bilange – BP 241 - 49418 Saumur cedex

Tel : 02 41 40 20 60

Fax: 02 41 40 20 69

infos@ot-saumur.fr

www.saumur-tourisme.com

Antenne de Montsoreau

Tel : 02 41 51 70 22

Antenne de Fontevraud

Tel : 02 41 51 79 45

Approximate time : 45 min

Please note: All the practical information about this route...

Information on the route

Distance : 6 km

Way type : cycle lane

Departure : Montsoreau (rest station, opposite the Maison du Parc)

Arrival : Fontevraud (place du 8 mai)

Practical informations : Moderately difficult (a few climbs)

To go further :

Tourist Office Saumurois

Place de la Bilange – BP 241 - 49418 Saumur cedex

Tel : 02 41 40 20 60

Fax: 02 41 40 20 69

infos@ot-saumur.fr

www.saumur-tourisme.com

Antenne de Montsoreau

Tel : 02 41 51 70 22

Antenne de Fontevraud

Tel : 02 41 51 79 45

Approximate time : 45 min

Do not miss…

Do not miss

La Maison du Parc Naturel Régional

Loire-Anjou-Touraine: Entertain and heighten awareness. These are the watchwords of this Maison dedicated to the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Park. Its amusing educational and interactive activities will introduce you to the wealth of resources and curiosities of these natural landscapes, deemed worthy of UNESCO World Heritage status

Montsoreau - Fontevraud : savonnerie

The 'Martin de Candre' soap factory and its museum in Mestré - Fontevraud

Within the Domaine de Mestré, established in the old farm buildings of the royal abbey, take the time to discover the traditional savoir-faire of this craft, now almost extinct in France – and enjoy all the scents that go with it. Step inside the new museum: ‘Quand le savon fait sa pub’, which opened in 2010.

Montsoreau - Fontevraud : abbaye royale

The Royal Abbey of Fontevraud

A tour of this huge monastic complex, founded in the early 12th century, and still one of the biggest in Europe, is not to be missed. A series of thirty-six abbesses, half of whom were of royal descent, headed this mixed order (with monks and nuns) in line with the wishes of its founder, Robert d’Abrissel. Under Napoleon, the abbey was transformed into a prison, and since 1975 it has experienced another vocation, the Centre Culturel de l’Ouest. Throughout the year, it hosts a rich programme of cultural events combining heritage and modernity.

The Windmills

The Saumur region is rich in mills, in terms of both number and variety. The town of Saumur was long known as the French capital of the windmill, and for good reason. The most typical windmills you’ll have the pleasure of spotting as you ride along are the ‘turquois’ (revolving pivot) and  ‘cavier’ (hollow post) mills. This type of windmill takes its French name from the fact that its grindstones are in a cellar (cave), either built on the ground, or sometimes, below ground level.




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