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front-page news, as competitors

race, single-handedly, around the

world. It takes place every four

years, and pictures of the winning

skipper are beamed far and wide.

The Vendée also boasts over 200km

of coastline, with sandy beaches

that are exceptionally family friendly.

The Vendée Globe race starts and

finishes at Les Sables d'Olonne but,

to my mind, the best beach is at

St. Jean-de-Monts, which also hosts a

varied and challenging championship

golf course.

Maine-et-Loire is full of romantic

châteaux and is another popular

choice with property buyers. One of

my favourite castles is in Saumur, one

of the best-known equestrian towns

in France - look up Cadre Noir, and

you will see why! The prefecture

is in Angers and has a wonderful

château; this one is home to the

unfortunately named "apocalypse

tapestry." Angers is on the edge of

the Val-de-Loire World Heritage site

and must be visited.

Last but not least is the Sarthe,

named after the river which flows

through it. Some of the riverside

villages are truly beautiful, and the

department as a whole is quiet,

rural, and picturesque. More than

half of the population of the whole

department live in Le Mans, another

town that is famous throughout the

world. Every year visitors flock to

see the "24 hours of Le Mans" which

is possibly the most prestigious

motor race in the world. What many

people don't know is that the circuit

also hosts the "Le Mans Classic"

which is for vintage cars - this is

great fun, and drivers often dress up

in period costume.

Average property prices*

Loire-Atlantique 2,911 € per m²

Maine-et-Loire 1,652 € per m²

Mayenne 1,222 € per m²

Sarthe 1,373 € per m²

Vendée 2,050 € per m²

* Figures supplied by SeLoger.

Prices vary enormously within

departments, please treat these

as a rough guide only.

PROPERTY PRICES

KEY FACTS

Pays-de-la-Loire is a region in

western France. It has a fine

coastline and encompasses

part of the Loire Valley which is

famed for its glorious châteaux

and vineyards.

Size 32,082 km²

Population 3,553,352

Capital City Nantes

Sunshine Hours over 1717pa

Departments:

Loire-Atlantique

Maine-et-Loire

Mayenne

Sarthe

Vendée

Amanda Fellows is

one of our agents

in Pays-de-La-Loire

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