A Traveller's Guide to Angers, France
Angers, A floral city with a rich history
Located in western France approximately 190 miles south-west of Paris, Angers is located in the region of Anjou and has a rich medieval history. Angers was founded by the Galls and later overtaken by the Romans. The city served as the capital for the historic province of Anjou which was controlled by feudal lords.
Getting to and around Angers
Angers is connected by road to Paris and Le Mans by the A11 motorway. The towns of Nantes, Tours and Rennes are also nearby and connected by Angers along the same road. The A11 is a toll road with charges ranging from €3 – 25.
The Angers – Loire airport is located 14 miles northeast of the town with flights available from domestic destinations and some cities in the UK.
The high-speed TGV rail line links Angers to Paris, with the direct service taking 1 hour and 35 minutes in total. Trains run hourly and the fare is €57.10. Regular train services also operated from Angers Gare Angers-St-Laud station to Nantes, Saumur and Tours. The bus station is located next to the train station.
All tourist attractions and modern amenities are located in close proximity to one another, making Angers very easy to explore on foot. Public bus services are also widely available throughout Angers, with the main terminal located on Boulevard Foch. Single journey, 1 hour unlimited and whole-day tickets are available. All route information is clearly marked on maps at each stop. Taxis are also widely available but can only be caught from cab ranks or by booking. A taxi point is located next to the train station.
Things to see and do in Angers
The Château d'Angers dominates the landscape and sits on a rocky ridge over the River Maine. The castle features 17 massive towers and encompasses a total area of 6.17 acres within its walls. The site of the château itself was originally a Roman fortress before the château was built in the 13th century by Louis IX. The castle is best known for housing the Apocalypse tapestry which comprises 70 tapestries spanning 101m-long illustrating the last book of the New Testament, Revelation to John.
The Cathedral of Saint-Maurice built in the 12th century is also worth a visit to catch a glimpse of its impressive twin spires. Other churches of historical significance are the St Serge abbey dating from the 12th – 15th centuries and the La Trinite Cathedral from the 12th century. Ruins are also visible within Angers of relics including the abbey of Saint Aubin and the Notre-Dame du Ronceray church.
Angers considers itself to be the “most flowered city in Europe”, so during your visit taking in the displays of live and cut flowers is a must at the Jardin des Plantes d'Angers and Jardin botanique de la Faculté de Pharmacie d'Angers which includes the Arboretum Gaston Allard.
The Lac de Maine is located half and hour from the town centre and is a pleasant spot to stroll and relax.