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Week-end in Saumur

Want to see the “banks of the Loire at daybreak” ? Saumur is a perfect destination to enjoy both the historical and cultural richness of the Loire Valley but also of course its oenological heritage!
We have selected some unmissable things for you if you come to spend a weekend, or more, in Saumur.

Discover the Historical and Cultural Charm of Saumur
Located in the department of Maine-et-Loire, in the heart of the Loire Valley, Saumur is a town steeped in history, culture and charm. It attracts visitors from all over the world with its rich architectural heritage, its green landscapes and its warm atmosphere.

The history of Saumur dates back to Gallo-Roman times, but it was in the Middle Ages that the town truly flourished as a strategic stronghold. The major witness to this glorious past is undoubtedly its imposing castle, perched on the southern hillside of the Loire, overlooking the town and the river. A must for any visitor to appreciate the panorama. Built in the 10th century, Saumur Castle was the residence of the Dukes of Anjou for several centuries. It has been remodeled several times over the centuries, harmoniously blending medieval, Renaissance and classical styles. Bought by the municipality in 1906, it now houses a very beautiful historical museum.
In addition to its castle, Saumur is full of architectural gems, including historic churches, elegant mansions and picturesque cobbled streets. The old town, with its colorful half-timbered houses, invites you to stroll and discover its well-kept secrets.

Art and Culture

Saumur is also a mecca for art and culture. The Armor Museum, located within the castle grounds, houses one of the largest collections of military vehicles in the world, offering visitors a fascinating insight into the history of warfare and military technology. Art lovers will be delighted by the local art galleries and exhibitions that showcase the talent of area artists. In addition, Saumur hosts numerous cultural events throughout the year, from music festivals to theater shows and contemporary art exhibitions. . Note, for example, the Bouvet-Ladubay Contemporary Art Center, one of the city’s artistic highlights.

Gastronomy and Wine
The Saumur region is also renowned for its world-renowned gastronomy and wines. Local restaurants offer refined cuisine highlighting local products, such as button mushrooms (grown in nearby troglodyte cellars), regional rillettes (from Tours) and of course, delicious goat cheeses.
But what makes Saumur famous is above all its sparkling wines. The surrounding vineyards produce high-quality sparkling wines, including the famous Crémant de Loire, which goes wonderfully with local dishes and moments of celebration. You will be able to visit the cellars of the most prestigious producers of this local treasure: Ackerman, Bouvet-Ladubay and Gratien-Meyer. Each of these large houses offer tours of their cellars and tastings of their productions.

Nature and Outdoor Activities
For outdoor enthusiasts, Saumur also offers a multitude of activities. The banks of the Loire are ideal for picturesque bike rides (you are on the Loire à Vélo route), boat cruises and even canoeing sessions. The vast surrounding forests invite you to hike and observe the local fauna and flora.

Le Cadre Noir
It is of course impossible to talk about Saumur without mentioning its Cadre Noir, the unique Mecca of French high horse riding. Founded in 1815, this prestigious school embodies traditional French horse riding, recognized throughout the world. You can visit the big riding school, the stables, the saddlery, and also attend one of the many shows presented by the school. Reservations required, especially in season.

Here we go ?
In short, Saumur is a must-see destination for those looking for a perfect blend of history, culture, gastronomy and nature. Whether you are a history buff, art lover, epicurean or nature lover, you will find what you are looking for in this charming and welcoming city.

And where to stay?
20 km from Saumur, La Pénesais welcomes you all year round, in its traditional setting of 19th century bourgeois houses in Touraine. Come and taste the art of living in Loire Valley !